Oncological Sciences Center

More Than Skin Deep: Introducing Medical Humanities at Purdue

September 21, 2016

“More than Skin Deep Introduction of Medical Humanities @ Purdue” broadens the Cancer Culture and Community decade long exploration of the human response to cancer as expressed through the arts and literature. This year’s theme “More than Skin Deep,” explores the importance different humanities perspectives on the human experience, medical practice, and scientific technology. A day-long symposium features national humanities experts on current issues in the field of health care and Indiana faculty, researchers, and archivists engaged in programs in the medical humanities. It will also feature special collections and research projects unique to Purdue related to the medical humanities, in particular the psychoactive substance research collection at the Virginia Kelly Karnes Archives and Special Collections. The keynote address “How Cancer Crossed the Color Line,” features Princeton Professor Keith Wailloo who will examine how cultural stereotypes of racialized bodies shape cultural views of cancer risk.

Adding personal voices, Tamika Felder, Cervivor and Cancer Advocate Tamika Felder will speak on her experience with Cervical Cancer and as a Cancer Advocate. Purdue’s Medical Humanities Program redefines how undergraduate students are educated and equipped for careers in the Life Sciences and Health Care. Drawing from expertise across the University, this new program offers rich exposure to both the humanities and social sciences.

The Purdue Medical Humanities Certificate, beginning in the Fall 2016, offers an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the intersection of human experience, medical practice, and scientific technology. The program emphasizes how bioscience and health care take place within specific cultural and social contexts. Invited speakers include:

Keith Wailoo, Townsend Martin Professor of History and Public Affairs at Princeton University where he teaches in the Department of History and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs to speak on his book How Cancer Crossed the Color Line, the first comprehensive historical study of the tangled relationship between race and ethnicity and cancer and cancer awareness in America.

Dominique Tobbell, University of Minnesota Associate Professor, Director of History of Medicine Program will speak on the shifting relationships between drug companies, physicians, and academic researchers,

Tamika Felder, Cervivor and Cancer Advocate, Felder’s diagnosis of cervical cancer in 2001 at the age of 25 shaped her path on a mission to become a cancer advocate. Felder won her fight against this cancer, and now uses her experience to help educate other women

• Marcia C. Inhorn, PhD, MPH, William K. Lanman, Jr. Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs , Department of Anthropology The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, Yale University. Inhorn has researched the social impact of infertility and assisted reproductive technologies in the Middle East for more than thirty years.

Valerie Hardcastle Professor of Philosophy, Psychology, and Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience, University of Cincinnati Scholar-in-Residence, Weaver Institute of Law and Psychiatry | Director, Medicine, Health, and Society Program | Executive Director, UC LEAF | Affiliated Faculty - Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Currently, she is investigating the neuroscience of violence and its implications for both our understanding of human nature and the criminal justice system.

Dave Nichols, Professor Emeritus of Pharmacology, Robert C. and Charlotte P. Anderson Distinguished Chair in Pharmacology at Purdue University

Jonathan Beever, Assistant Professor Director, Theoretical and Applied Ethics Certificate Program, University of Central Florida. Beever, a Purdue alum, researches on the intersection of environmental ethics and bioethics, focusing on questions of ethics, science, and the environment.

William Schneider, IUPUI Professor of History Professor and Director of Medical Humanities and health Studies Adjunct Professor of Medical and Molecular Genetics. Schneider, a pioneer in the field of Medical Humanities, will speak on building collaborations as in his international, interdisciplinary National Endowment for the Arts “Social Contexts of the Emergence of HIV/AIDS” project. •

Faculty and Researchers from across Purdue University discussing the importance of humanities in various disciplines.

For More Information: Angela Potter, Research Assistant, Medical Humanities, anbowen@purdue.edu Wendy Kline, Medical Humanities Program Director, Dema G. Seelye Professor of History, wkline@purdue.edu

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