Past Lectures | Educating the Whole Physician/HHS Speaker Series

March 23, 2022

Centering Community to Advance Healthcare Equity: Lessons from Evaluation of Co-Developed Interventions in Latinx Communities 

Saira Nawaz & Gloria Itzel Montiel (invited by Daniel Graff, Center for Social Concerns)

Dr. Nawaz & Montiel present a story of community residence, using community based participatory research and implementation science to mobilize and activate communities for social change and health equity in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Spanning community organizing and research engagement, their work highlights the importance of research that centers community and works with partners to develop evaluations that will generate relevant and actionable learnings to address entrenched social inequities and structural vulnerabilities.


March 23, 2022

The Role of Healthcare Providers in Eliminating Racial Inequalities in Maternal & Infant Health Outcomes 

Carlos R. Bolden & Sally Dixon (invited by Heidi Beidinger, Eck Institute for Global Health) 

Sally Dixon will share how local data supports the presence of inequities and structural racism in birth outcomes and the FIMR Program’s recommendations and activities to eliminate them.

Dr. Bolden will speak to the role healthcare providers play in this work and the importance of including this country’s history of racism in medicine education and implicit bias training in medical school curricula across the country.


February 24, 2022

Feeling Medicine: How the Pelvic Exam Shapes Medical Training 

Kelly Underman (invited by Katharine McCabe, Reilly Center Postdoctoral Scholar) 

The emotional and social components of teaching medical students to be good doctors

The pelvic exam is considered a fundamental procedure for medical students to learn; it is also often the one of the first times where medical students are required to touch a real human being in a professional manner. In Feeling Medicine, Kelly Underman gives us a look inside these gynecological teaching programs, showing how they embody the tension between scientific thought and human emotion in medical education.

Drawing on interviews with medical students, faculty, and the people who use their own bodies to teach this exam, Underman offers the first in-depth examination of this essential, but seldom discussed, aspect of medical education. Through studying, teaching, and learning about the pelvic exam, she contrasts the technical and emotional dimensions of learning to be a physician. Ultimately, Feeling Medicine explores what it means to be a good doctor in the twenty-first century, particularly in an era of corporatized healthcare.


November 12, 2021

"I'm Not Sick!": HIV-Positive Black Women Mobilizing for Rights, Resources, & Reproductive Justice in Jamaica 

Jallicia Jolly 

Dr. Jallicia Jolly’s talk speaks to the ways HIV-positive Black women expand the terrain of political struggle for health, rights, humanity, and dignity in postcolonial Jamaica. Dr. Jolly asserts that young Jamaican women living with HIV/AIDS leverage embodied power and community knowledge in order to access basic resources, claim political recognition, and affirm reproductive autonomy in the face of illness, marginalization, and inequality. Through this grassroots, communal practice of care, they contest state and institutional control of their bodily experience and reproductive capacities in ways that transform HIV organizing and care on the ground. Drawing on ethnographic research and life history interviews conducted between 2015 and 2018 in Jamaica, Dr. Jolly illuminates the afterlives of imperialism and colonialism in Kinston’s medical institutions and public health infrastructure, as well as in the embodies experiences of girls and women navigating structural inequities, class and gender oppression, and inaccessible to quality health care and reproductive services while living in a unique era of the HIV/AIDS pandemic.


November 11, 2021 

Medicine's Forgotten Histories: A Day in the Life of an Eighteenth-Century Hospital Physician

Elizabeth Mellyn 

What was it like to be a hospital physician in eighteenth-century Europe? What were encounters between hospital physicians and their patients like? What disease categories did physicians use and what treatment strategies did they employ? Physicians have left numerous case histories that modern historians use to answer these questions. But those case histories, even if written in a hospital context, tend to be divorced from the hospital cultures in which they were produced. They tell us a lot about medical theory and very little about medical practice. But hospital medical practice was shaped by more than doctors and academic medical theory. It may come as a surprise to learn that overshadowing medical practice ere the interests of cost - and space - conscious hospital administrators whose concerns about overcrowding and financial sustainability were the ultimate fashioners of the hospital’s admission and treatment policies. The battle cry of administrators even then seemed to be “no money, no mission.” This paper uses an array of archival documents in one 18th-century hospital to show the role economic realities and administrative prerogatives played in shaping medical practice.


October 6, 2021 

Addressing Reproductive Health Disparities for Women Involved in the Criminal Legal System 

Andrea Knittel 

Assistant Professor and Medical Director for Incarcerated Women’s Health in General Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Her clinical practice includes the provision of full spectrum obstetric and gynecologic services for women involved in the criminal legal system. Her research program centers on the reproductive health consequences of involvement in the criminal legal system.

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.