Past Lectures | Educating the Whole Physician

March 11, 2021

Why Disability Art Matters in the Age of COVID-19

Ann Fox (invited by Michel Pippinger, Notre Dame International)

Of what possible point is disability art when real bodies are at risk globally? Is such art a luxury at best and superfluous at worst? In this talk, drawing on a range of examples from my work as a curator as well as a disability studies scholar who teaches graphic medicine, I will discuss the ways in which disability representation in visual art reaffirms concepts vital to an understanding of disability as a source of knowledge, identity, and resistance. This talk will discuss art/representation that:

  • Underscores the social and economic context of caregiving
  • Understands “crip time” as a way of resisting old stereotypes about disability AND normative ways of associating productivity with human value
  • Underscores disability workarounds as a kind of crip innovation from which we all benefit
  • Invites us to understand embodiment as a wide range of possibility, even as it acknowledges the realities of pain, loss, and grief in the face of change

March 3, 2021 

Theorizing Queer Embodiment: On Medical Violence and Intersex Experience

Hil Malatino (invited by Lindsey Breitwieser, Gender Studies Program)

4:30pm - 5:30pm
214 DeBartolo Hall

Hil Malatino, Assistant Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Affiliate Faculty in the Department of Philosophy, and Research Associate with the Rock Ethics Institute, Penn State University

Abstract: This talk examines the phenomenon of “queer embodiment”--  experiences of the body that don’t cohere according to cis-centric, sexually dimorphic, repronormative conceptions of somatic normalcy. Focusing in particular on intersex subjects, Malatino examines their encounters with biomedical technologies and medico-scientific understandings of gender pathology, and explores the ways in which the ontology of gender difference developed by the architects of modern sexology is consistently in tension with the embodied experience of intersex, trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming subjects.

October 23, 2020

Charlatans and Medicine in 19th-Century Latin America

Irina Podgorny (invited by Vanesa Miseres, Romance Languages and Literatures)

Dr. Irina Podgorny, Visiting Scholar at the Max Planck Institute in the History of Science and Permanent Research Fellow at the Argentine National Council of Science (CONICET)

Abstract: The charlatan (or quack) is a historical character defined by his itinerant existence. Traveling from one marketplace to another, dealing in exotic objects and remedies, organizing shows and exhibitions, performing miraculous cures by appealing to the healing power of words and medicaments, charlatans have traversed Europe since medieval times. Far from being confined to certain countries or regions, they were everywhere, repeating almost the same sales strategies, the same words, the same sequence of performances. Podgorny’s lecture will present the network of itinerant characters that circulated antiquities, photographs, remedies, and natural history collections in South America from the 1860s to the 1880s, in order to shed light on the role of traveling conmen, quacks, and charlatans as both agents of the circulation of knowledge and intermediaries between professional and popular medicine.

January 30, 2020 

The Messiness of the Moral of Interspecies Encounters in Medical Lab Research

Lesley A. Sharp (invited by Erika Doss, Department of American Studies)

4:30pm - 5:30pm
Indiana University School of Medicine - South Bend
1234 Notre Dame Avenue
Auditorium, Raclin-Carmichael Hall

Lesley A. Sharp, Barbara Chamberlain & Helen Chamberlain Josefsberg ’30 Chair in Anthropology, Barnard College and Senior Research Scientist in Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

Abstract: Lab research is guided by a host of standardized, ethical standards that shape quotidian practices of animal welfare and care while, oddly, obscuring, erasing, or denying human efforts at self-care. An attentiveness to the “messiness of the moral” uncovers the complexities of interspecies encounters in science, offering, in turn, possibilities for the (re)making of the researcher, and, thus, of the “whole physician" in and outside the lab.

December 3, 2019 

Narrative Medicine, Writing, and Work of Creativity

Nellie Hermann (invited by Joyelle McSweeney, Creative Writing Program)

Nellie Hermann, Novelist and Creative Director of the Program in Narrative Medicine, Columbia University
Nellie Hermann is the author of novels The Cure for Grief and The Season of Migration (named a New York Times Editor's Choice), and co-author of The Principles and Practice of Narrative Medicine. She is a recipient of a NEA literature grant and was a 2017-18 Cullman fellow at the New York Public Library and 2018-19 fellow at The Institute for Ideas & Imagination in Paris, France. She teaches creative writing at Columbia University where she is the Creative Director at The Program in Narrative Medicine. She has taught and lectured widely on the use of creativity in nontraditional contexts.

Abstract: Narrative Medicine posits that healthcare can benefit from a more robust practice in the work of listening to, thinking about, and creating stories. In this talk, I will explore the general concepts behind the work of Narrative Medicine (as it is practiced at Columbia University) through my particular lens, which is the work of creativity. Why should those in the clinical realm know anything about how to write, or cultivate creativity? I will explore these questions and more, sharing my own experience as an example of how the work can be entered into and practiced.

October 14, 2019

"Fight Abortion, Not Women": Understanding the Challenges of Russian Reproductive Politics

Michele Rivkin-Fish (invited by Maria Alexandrova, Eck Institute for Global Health)

Michele Rivkin-Fish, Associate Professor of Anthropology at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Abstract: In 2011, the first grassroots public campaign to defend abortion as a legally accessible procedure emerged in Russia: “Fight Abortion, Not Women,” the on-line campaign insisted, using a slogan that differs dramatically from “pro-choice” advocacy in the U.S. Moreover, a phrase in the campaign’s url, “protivabort,” or “against abortion,” also challenged Western assumptions about how abortion debates are structured. This presentation will explain why many Russian defenders of legal access to abortion characterize themselves as “against abortion,” by examining the history of reproductive politics in the Soviet and post-Soviet contexts. It will also explore the changes occurring in family planning since the end of the Soviet era, and discuss the challenges and opportunities characterizing women’s health and advocacy in contemporary Russian society.