Medical Humanities and Health Studies

Lectures and Seminars in Medical Humanities-Health Studies




September 30th, 2014 

Dr. Richard Gunderman, MD, Chancellor’s Professor of Radiology, Pediatrics, Medical Education, Philosophy, Liberal Arts, Philanthropy, and Medical Humanities &Health Studies at Indiana University


"You Can’t See the Present or the Future Unless You Have Seen the Past."

Richard Gunderman is Chancellor’s Professor of Radiology, Pediatrics, Medical Education, Philosophy, Liberal Arts, Philanthropy, and Medical Humanities and Health Studies at Indiana University. He serves on the boards of the Kinsey Institute, Alpha Omega Honor Medical Society, and Christian Theological Seminary. He is a nine-time recipient of the Indiana University Trustees Teaching Award. 

He was named the 2008 Outstanding Educator by the Radiological Society of North America. In 2012, he received the Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Award for Teaching Excellence, the top teaching award from the Association of American Medical Colleges. He is the author of over 430 articles and has published eight books. He is also past president of the faculty at Indiana University School of Medicine and a correspondent for the Atlantic. 

PRESENTED BY the John Shaw Billings History of Medicine Society at IUPUI 

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 12:00 Noon—1:00 PM
Emerson Hall Auditorium, EH 304, IUPUI

545 Barnhill Dr., Indianapolis, IN
(just north of Michigan St.)


October 30th, 2014

"Cadaver, Speak: Poems from the Dissection Lab."

A readers theater performance by students of the IU School of Medicine and the IUPUI School of Liberal Arts. "Cadaver, Speak: Poems from the Dissection Lab" is written by Marianne Boruch, a professor of English at Purdue University.

Sponsored by:
The Literature and Medicine Student Interest Group and the Department of Anatomy (IU School of Medicine),
Medical Humanities & Health Studies Program and the Department of English (IU School of Liberal Arts).

IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute.


Thursday, October 30th, 2014
Reception at 6:00 PM, Reading at 7:00 PM—8:30 PM
Emerson Hall Auditorium, EH 304, IUPUI
545 Barnhill Dr., Indianapolis, IN
(just north of Michigan St.)



December 3rd, 2014

Prof. Nicolas Terry, Hall Render Professor of Law.

"Is mHealth the Future of Healthcare?" 


Wednesday, Dec. 3rd, 12:00 Noon - 1:00 PM

Campus Center, CE 305

IUPUI, Indianapolis, IN 



Stay tuned for more information about the Fall 2014 MHHS Seminar Series!




"In the Shadow of Terror: Providing Healthcare on the Northern Cameroon-Nigeria Border"  RECORDING AVAILABLE HERE. 

Over the past several years, northeastern Nigeria has been wracked by violence promulgated by a group of extremists whose stated aim is to topple the status quo and establish a universal caliphate based on Islamic law. Thousands of people have died since the carnage began, and at least a million have been made homeless. Border areas in neighboring countries, including Cameroon, have been touched by the climate of terror, by military attempts to combat it, and by the flight of refugees.

Since 1990, Dr. Ellen Einterz, a graduate of Indiana University, has lived on the border between Cameroon’s Far North and northeastern Nigeria’s Borno State. She is the Director of the Kolofata District Hospital and Chief Medical Officer for the Kolofata Health District. In her talk, she will briefly explore the conflict in its historical and present day context and provide an account of her recent personal experience as a physician working in an exceptionally poor corner of Africa as it is being rocked by this horrific tragedy.

Monday, September 8th, 2014 from 12:00 Noon-1:00 PM
Emerson Hall, EH 304, IUPUI [FOR DIRECTIONS:
click here]

545 Barnhill Dr., Indianapolis, IN, 46202 



Dr. Laura Foster, JD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Gender Studies, Affiliate Faculty, Maurer School of Law, Indiana University

"Re-inventing Hoodia: Patent Law and Benefit Sharing as Boundary Objects in Southern Africa"

In 1998 researchers isolated and patented certain chemicals within the Hoodia gordonii plant. Hoodia gordonii suddenly emerged as a patented invention poised to be a blockbuster anti-obesity drug. At the same time, the plant became a symbol of South Africa as nation of innovation, and Indigenous San peoples publically accused scientists of stealing their knowledge of the plant. Dr. Foster’s talk will address patent law to ask how both science and law work together to determine who is (or is not) considered an inventor and producer of science.


Diana Winters, J.D., Ph.D., Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

"Food Labeling: Thinking Outside the Box"

The Nutrition Labeling and Education Act of 1990 was passed to regulate the food industry’s use of information linking diet to disease prevention, and to allow consumers to make choices about food based on accurate and complete information.   The Act, which amended the FDCA, requires standard nutrition labeling for most food products under FDA’s authority, prescribes requirements for ingredient labeling on all packages, establishes standard "serving sizes," and regulates nutrient content claims and health claims.  The Act, however, has failed in its goals.  The information available to consumers, even when presented in a manner compliant with the NLEA, is confusing and opaque.  The provisions of the NLEA regulating health and nutrient claims should be repealed because their costs outweigh their benefits.


Domenico Bertoloni-Meli, Ph.D., Department of History and Philosophy of Science, Indiana University

"Visualizing Disease: Pathological Illustrations from the 16th to the 19th Century"

"Visualizing Disease" explores pathological illustrations from the 16th century to the first half of the 19th century, in the period from the first representations of remarkable cases to the first comprehensive treatises with color images of diseases affecting the entire human body. The talk will illustrate and discuss the lesions found in the dissected bodies of dead patients at postmortems, and skin diseases on live patients, which played an important role in the history of pathological illustrations more generally.


Lawrence H. Einhorn, M.D., Livestrong Foundation Professor of Oncology, IU School of Medicine

"Testicular Cancer: A Model for a Curable Cancer"

Testicular Cancer is a rare disease, accounting for only 1% of all male malignancies, but it is the most common cancer in young men ages 15-35. This lecture will describe our clinical trials that resulted in improving the cure rate for metastatic testicular cancer from 5% to 80%.


Preseton Marx, Ph.D., Professor of Tropical Medicine and Chair of the Division of Microbiology at the Tulane National Primate Research Center of Tulane University

"Emergence of AIDS: Transition from SIV to HIV"

The sudden emergence of the AIDS pandemic in the 20th century raised questions about AIDS origin (s), including the timing and root causes. Research led to understanding that HIV/AIDS is not one pandemic, but rather a combination of multiple epidemics and failed outbreaks, alongside the well known pandemic. The sources of all HIVs are simian immunodeficiency viruses (SIVs) on the African continent. The discovery of SIV and the evolution of SIV to HIV will be presented, along with prevailing theories on why AIDS emerged in the 20th century.

Co-sponsored by the Medical Humanities and Health Studies Program and the Indiana University School of Medicine Center for AIDS Research.


James W. Lynch, Jr., M.D., FACP, University of Florida College of Medicine

Faith and Medicine: Integration or Separation

Dr. Lynch received his MD from Eastern VA Medical School in 1984. In 1991 he returned to the University of Florida College Of Medicine and has served in multiple roles during this tenure including course director in Oncology, program director for hematology/oncology, section chief of hematology/oncology at the VAMC and now serves as the Assistant Dean for Admissions.

1. Articulate the various forces shaping how we think about the relationships between faith and medicine in the 21st century.
2. Discuss how the term "professionalism" can be distorted to undermine compassion and empathy as parts of healthy physician-patient relationships.
3. Describe the ways practitioners address their own spiritual beliefs (or lack thereof) in relation to patients and their beliefs.
4. Identify how to address complexities that arise in discussing spiritual issues with patients or in choosing not to discuss them.


William H. Schneider, Ph.D.,  Professor of History, Director of Medical Humanities & Health Studies Program, IUPUI

"The Story of One Life: The Autobiography of Ludwik Hirszfeld, a Doctor in the Warsaw Ghetto"

Ludwik Hirszfeld (1884-1954) was a world-renowned serologist and immunologist credited with, among other things, naming and discovery of the inheritance of the ABO blood groups and establishment of the public health service of Poland between the world wars. He was also trapped in the Warsaw Ghetto after the Nazi conquest of Poland in 1939. Because of his training and status he served on the Health Council for two years before his escape. Based on his autobiography, this talk will examine the appalling conditions and extraordinary response to maintain health under the extreme conditions of the Warsaw Ghetto.


Parking Information: 

For seminars held in the IUPUI Campus Center: park in the Vermont Street parking garage, 1004 W. Vermont St., next to the IUPUI Campus Center.

For seminars held in the Van Nuys Medical Science Building: park in the University Hospital parking garage, 600 University Blvd., and walk west on Walnut Street to reach the Medical Science building.

For seminars held in the Riley Outpatient Center Auditorium: park in the Riley Outpatient parking garage, 575 West Dr.

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