Oncological Sciences Center

Keynote lecture to highlight ethics and medicine at Purdue Cancer Culture and Community Colloquium

October 30, 2015

Award-winning author Dr. Barron H. Lerner will headline the Cancer Culture and Community Colloquium with his lecture titled "Two Doctors, Two Generations: Medical Ethics Then and Now " at Purdue University on Nov. 12.  

Lerner, a practicing physician and professor of medicine and population health at New York University of Medicine, will give his free talk, at 7:30 p.m. in Stewart Center's Fowler Hall.

Earlier in day, Lerner will join a panel discussion, "Talking Straight and Curvy: Navigating the Doctor-Patient Relationship in Cancer Care,"from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lafayette YWCA, 605 N. Sixth St., near downtown Lafayette.

Joining Lerner as panelists are Dr. Thomas Summer, a general surgeon in Lafayette; Dr. Vijaya Kakani, a hematologist/oncologist in Lafayette; and Adriana Cornejo, YWCA Lafayette patient navigator. Ginny Mason, executive director of the Inflammatory Breast Cancer Research Foundation, will moderate the discussion.

Cost for the YWCA event is $15, which includes lunch. Registration is required by Nov. 6 at www.ywcalafayette.org/ccclunch.

Opening for Barron Lerner, will be writer, illustrator and designer, Emily McDowell whose work reflects our shared human experience, in all its different, messy forms. Her empathy cards prompted a local response to the idea of expressing empathy a more authentic way.

On October 3rdthere was an Empathy Card workshop, led by freelance writer Melissa Fraterrigo, where participants came up with sentiments to be used. Chloe Brizendine, a graphic designer, and a group of volunteer graphic designers, then created the cards based on these words. These cards will be available at the panel discussion and will be sold through the YWCA in Lafayette. All proceeds will benefit the YWCA Cancer Program. The original work is being shown in the Purdue Galleries Fountain Gallery downtown on Main Street until November 14th.

In addition to the cards that were locally created, the show includes an exhibition of music “impressions” of Emily McDowell’s empathy cards composed by students of Purdue Theatre’s 363 Introduction to Sound Design class.

The annual Cancer Culture and Community event is organized by the Oncological Sciences Center in partnership with the Purdue College of Liberal Arts and the Department of English. This year's other sponsors are the Office of Public Affairs, Purdue Center for Cancer Research, Office of the Provost, Discovery Lecture Series, MatchBOX, Patti and Rusty Rueff Department of Visual and Performing Arts, Purdue Libraries, Purdue Galleries, YWCA, the West Lafayette Public Library, Melissa Fraterrigo, owner of the Lafayette Writers’ Studio, and Chloe Brizendine, graphic designer.



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