Hiram College

Readings for Public Health Humanities Seminar

Printable Summary List of Readings

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Lise Saffran
“Life in Context: Creative Non-Fiction and Engaged Public Health Practice”

Lise Saffran Power Point Part 1

Lise Saffran Power Point Part 2

Saffran, Lise. “Only Connect: The Case for Public Health Humanities.” Medical Humanities Published Online First: 05 May 2014. doi: 10.1136/medhum-2014-010502.

Smarsh, Sarah. “Blood Brother.” VQR: A National Journal of Literature and Discussion, vol. 94, no. 1, Spring 2018, https://www.vqronline.org/articles/2017/08/blood-brother.

Specter, Michael. “The Doomsday Strain.” The New Yorker. 20 & 27 Dec., 2010, https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2010/12/20/the-doomsday-strain.


Lewis-Kraus, Gideon. “The Trials of Alice Goffman.” The New York Times Magazine, 12 Jan. 2016, https://nyti.ms/1mSuDXG.

Kirsten Ostherr
“Digital Health Humanities”

Kirsten Ostherr Power Point Part 1

Kirsten Ostherr Power Point Part 2

Ostherr, Kirsten. “Privacy, Data Mining, and Digital Profiling in Online Patient Narratives.” Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience, vol. 4, no. 1, 2018, pp.1-24.

Ostherr, Kirsten. “Risk Media in Medicine: The Rise of the Metaclinical Health App Ecosystem.” The Routledge Companion to Media and Risk, edited by Bhaskar Sarkar and Bishnupriya Ghosh, forthcoming 2018.

Craig Klugman
“Post. Tweet. Like: Social Media and Community Engagement in the Health Humanities”

Craig Klugman Power Point

Miah, Andy. “Why Academics Should Make Time for Social Media.” Times Higher Education. 18 Aug. 2016. https://www.timeshighereducation.com/comment/why-academics-should-make-time-for-social-media-app

Klugman, Craig and Bonsai. “300: A Blog on Blogs.” Bioethics.net. American Journal of Bioethics. 6 Feb. 2018. http://www.bioethics.net/2018/02/300-a-blog-on-blogs/.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Joseph Zarconi
“Medicine, Mono-narratives, and the Asymptote of Understanding Others”

Joseph Zarconi Power Point

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS (to prepare in advance)

Morrison, Toni. “Recitatif.” Confirmation: An Anthology of African American Women, edited by Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones) and Amina Baraka, Quill, 1983, pp. 243-261.

Brooks, Katherine C. “A Silent Curriculum.” Journal of the American Medical Association, vol. 313, no. 19, 19 May 2015, pp. 1909-1910.


Wear, Delese, Arno K. Kumagai, Joseph Varley, and Joseph Zarconi. “Cultural Competency 2.0: Exploring the Concept of ‘Difference’ in Engagement with the Other.” Academic Medicine, vol. 87, no. 6, June 2012, doi: 10.1097/ACM.0b013e318253cef8.

Zarconi, Joseph. “Narrative Lessons From a Nigerian Novelist: Implications for Medical Education and Care.” Academic Medicine, vol. 87, no. 8, August 2012, pp. 1005-1007, doi: 10.1097/ACM.0b013e31825ce727.

Hardeman, Rachel R., Eduardo M. Medina, and Katy B. Kozhimannil. “Structural Racism and Supporting Black Lives―The Role of Health Professionals.” The New England Journal of Medicine, vo. 375, no. 22, 1 Dec. 2016, pp. 2113-2115.

Wear, Delese, Joseph Zarconi, Julie M. Aultman, Michelle R. Chyatte, and Arno K. Kumagai. “Remembering Freddie Gray: Medical Education for Social Justice.” Academic Medicine, vol. 92, no. 3, March 2017, pp. 312-317, doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000001355.

Lightning Talks – Session A

What you don’t know can hurt you:
Epistemic Injustice and Conceptually Impoverished Health Promotion

Alison Reiheld
Power Point

I consider epistemic injustice and its harms, using obesity as a public health concern for my case study. I identify several distinct reductivisms ranging from disease conception itself to individualization of responsibility for health. The analytic framework I deploy may prove useful in ethically assessing many health promotion campaigns.


Illness Narratives and Credibility

Roxana Delbene
Power Point

The paper analyzes accounts of illness in which patients reported having their symptoms dismissed as psychogenetic when evidence showed otherwise. Discursive connections between patients’ illness accounts and biomedical credibility are analyzed. Normalization is presented as one particular communicative activity used to dismiss patients’ accounts narrating pathological or abnormal conditions.


Health in Danville, KY: A Community-Based Learning Course

Sarah Berry
Power Point

I overview the scope, aims, and main assignment of a CBL course taught in January 2018 that utilized local experts and engaged students with community residents (using a community-based participatory research model) to design local health interventions. Concludes with thoughts about what succeeded and what could be improved next time.


When Worlds Collide: Pedagogies of Psychiatric Experience  

Mary Wood
Power Point

A team-taught course in which undergraduates read first-person narratives of mental and emotional suffering and met psychiatric survivors from the local community resulted in a crisis of worldview for students. Story-centered pedagogies that present psychiatric survivors as “experts by experience” can create unsettling but ultimately productive learning experiences.


The Performance of Healing: Applied Theatre and Health Equity

Sarah A. Senff
Power Point

This talk looks at a commissioned work using theatre as a training device to help nurses identify and work against discrimination in clinical settings.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Therese Jones
“Moving Pictures: Visual Culture/Visual Activism in the Health Humanities”

Therese Jones Power Point

WRITING ASSIGNMENT (a couple of paragraphs in response to 3 different prompts)

Baudrillard, Jean. “The Evil Demon of Images.”  The Evil Demon of Images, translated by Paul Patton and Paul Foss, Sydney: Power Institute, 1987, pp.13-34.

Crimp, Douglas and Adam Rolston. “AIDS Activist Graphics: A Demonstration.” AIDS Demo Graphics, Bay Press, 1990, pp.14-21.

Mirzoeff, Nicholas. “The Right to Look.” Critical Inquiry, vol. 37, no. 3, Spring 2011, pp.473-496.

Sandell, Richard and Jocelyn Dodd. “Activist Practice.” Re-Presenting Disability: Activism and Agency in the Museum, edited by Richard Sandell, Jocelyn Dodd, and Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, Routledge, 2010, pp. 3-22.

Poems: “I look at the world” by Langston Hughes and “Seeing For A Moment” by Denise Levertov

Lightning Talks – Session B

The Ethics and Publics of Sufficient Knowledge in Medical Practice

Julia Knopes
Power Point

If physicians cannot know every disease or therapy, what impact does the construction of “enough” knowledge have on ethics in patient care, and the public understanding of physicians as medical experts? This talk will briefly explore the relationships between “sufficient knowledge,” patient care, and the public perception of physician practice.

50 Years of Humanities at Penn State College of Medicine

Rachel Koppenhaver
Power Point

The Department of Humanities at Penn State College of Medicine is the first of its kind in the country.  This presentation celebrates the Department’s 50 years by offering an overview of our past and highlighting current courses offered within all four years of the curriculum.

Public Discourses on Traditional Healings Contribution to Wellness

Shawnrece D. Campbell
Power Point

I will examine the connection between wellness narratives, spirituality, food and medicine, as related to the interventions of traditional healers versus practitioners of western biomedicine. Focus will be given to the affect and effect of the culture and traditions that traditional healers share with their patients.

What Disease Though?

Katie Schroeder
Power Point

Public engagement requires a deep understanding of audience. We do not communicate with empty vessels, but curious individuals that are looking to bridge their own knowledge with your message. This lightning talk will explore collective memory, assumptions, and the “wrong questions” as they relate to quarantine and pre-bacteriological public health.

Benjamin Rush’s Theatrical Therapeutics

Carli Leone
Power Point

In this lightning talk I will demonstrate how physician Benjamin Rush (1746-1813), often called “the father of American psychiatry,” incorporates Shakespeare’s drama into his treatise on mental health to validate his medical theories and “theatrical therapeutics,” a term I use to describe the performative aspects of Rush’s healing methods.

Creating a Humanities Research Track for Medical Students

Megan Voeller
Power Point

This presentation will address the creation and outcomes (to date) of a humanities research track for medical students at Jefferson in Philadelphia.

Arno Kumagai
“We Make the Path While Walking: Dialogue for Critical Consciousness and Social Justice”

Arno Kumagai Power Point

Wear Delese. “Insurgent Multiculturalism: Rethinking How and Why We Teach Culture in Medical Education.” Academic Medicine, vol. 78, no. 6, June 2003, pp. 549-554.

Kumagai Arno K. and Monica L. Lypson. “Beyond Cultural Competence: Critical Consciousness, Social Justice, and Multicultural Education.” Academic Medicine, vol. 84, no. 6, June 2009, pp. 82-87.

Kumagai Arno K. and Thirusha Naidu. “Reflection, Dialogue, and the Possibilities of Space.” Academic Medicine, vol. 90, no. 3, March 2015, pp. 283-288.

Kumagai Arno K. “On the Way to Reflection: A Conversation on a Country Path.” Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, vol. 56, no. 3, Summer 2013, pp. 362-370.


Horton, Myles and Paulo Freire. We Make the Road by Walking: Conversations on Education and Social Change. Temple UP, 1990.

Anzaldúa Gloria. Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza. Aunt Lute Books, 1987.

Zappen, James P. “Bakhtin’s Socrates.” Rhetoric Review, vol. 15, no. 1, Autumn 1996, pp. 66-83.

Bakhtin, Mikhail. Problems of Dostoevsky’s Poetics, edited and translated by Caryl Emerson. U of Minnesota P, 1984.