Thomas Jefferson University

Jefferson Humanities & Health

Jefferson Humanities & Health supports student engagement in the arts and humanities to promote essential skills related to healthcare including close observation, critical thinking, communication and empathy.

Throughout the year, our programs highlight the social contexts of health and wellness, lived experiences of diverse individuals and communities, and self-care for health professionals.

Each academic year, the Jefferson Humanities Forum explores a thought-provoking theme from a wide range of perspectives. During the 2019-2020 academic year, the Jefferson Humanities Forum will investigate the theme Memory

Throughout the year, forum events will explore aspects of Memory, including:

  • Living with dementia as a patient, care partner or family member
  • Memory and its presence or erasure in the built environment
  • Memoir and writing from memory
  • Genealogy, genetics and social justice

Students are invited to complete the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate by attending eight (8) Jefferson Humanities & Health events during the academic year and completing a portfolio of four (4) reflective essays in response. Registration for the 2019-2020 certificate program is now open!

Announcements

Registration is now open for the 2019-2020 Asano Humanities & Health Certificate! All Jefferson students are welcome to attend 8 Humanities & Health events and submit a reflection portfolio of 4 reflections. Learn more about the Asano Certificate or contact Humanities Program Coordinator Rebecca Harris (Rebecca.E.Harris@jefferson.edu) for more information. 

All Jefferson students and medical residents are encouraged to submit prose, poetry, art and photographs to Inside Out, Jefferson's annual student-run literary and arts journal. The deadline for submissions to the 2020 issue of Inside Out is Friday, January 31, 2020. Learn more about Inside Out.

November

Monday, November 4, 12-1 p.m., Hamilton 504

Open to all Jefferson students, faculty and staff. Lunch provided.

The Health Humanities Reading Group gathers weekly to think critically about health as it is understood through various disciplinary perspectives, social contexts and value systems. This ongoing program is open to students, faculty and staff, and offers an informal learning environment facilitated by participants. During Fall 2019, the reading group will explore topics related to MemoryLearn More about the reading group and how to access readings.

November 4 Reading: Liliana Velasquez, Dreams and Nightmares/Sueños y Pesadillas, edited and translated by Mark Lyons, Anderson, SC: Parlor Press, 2017: Pages 9-111 (Introduction, Prologue, "Guatemala," and "My Journey")

*Students may earn credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate by attending this event.

Wednesday, November 6, 5-6:30 p.m., Bluemle Life Sciences Building 101

Percussionist and Jefferson Humanities & Health Artist-in-Residence Josh Robinson invites Jefferson students, faculty, and staff to participate in an open drumming circle. This is a great opportunity to have fun, relieve stress, explore the art of percussion, and generally unwind at the end of the day. Drums will be provided, though participants are welcome to bring their own. 

All levels of experience – complete beginners through seasoned percussionists – are welcome and encouraged to attend! Questions? Please contact David Meinhart, david.meinhart@jefferson.edu.

About Josh Robinson

Josh Robinson is a percussionist and teaching artist. In addition to performing in various Philadelphia-based ensembles, since 2002 he has worked with children and adults as a teaching artist, facilitating programs that use percussion as a tool for teaching communication, teamwork, creativity, leadership, discipline, and cultural awareness through music and instrument making. He is affiliated with many arts organizations and partner organizations for his work with grieving children including T.A.P.S. (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors), The Moyer Foundation, and NAGC (National Alliance For Grieving Children). Josh has previously worked with Jefferson, teaching SKMC Humanities courses and directing percussion for Tangles in Time.

*Students may earn credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate by attending this event.

Thursday, November 7, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Roxboro House, Arlen Specter Center for Public Service, Jefferson East Falls 

Open to Jefferson students, faculty and staff. Pre-registration is requested HERE. Lunch provided.

The Arlen Specter Center offers annual competitive research fellowships to aid scholars in their study and research of an area significant to the late Senator Arlen Specter’s legacy. Both fellows for the year 2019-2020 examine the U.S. prison system and undertake research to gain deeper insights into the issues of prison overcrowding and judicial fairness. Join the Arlen Specter Center on November 7 as the fellows discuss the contentious history of incarceration in the U.S. The working titles for their presentations are: 

Lock Them Up, but Where?: Making Sense of the Armed Career Criminal Act and the Late Twentieth-Century Crisis of Prison Overcrowding” by Charlotte Rosen, Ph.D. Candidate in History, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

You Can’t Win When You Can’t Get Out of the Cage: Understanding the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 and its Role in Expanding the Modern Prison Industrial Complex” by Timothy N. Welbeck, Esq., Adjunct Faculty Member, Thomas Jefferson University (East Falls) and Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

Funding for the fellowships is provided by Shanin Specter, Philadelphia trial attorney and son of Arlen Specter, and his wife, Tracey Specter.

The Specter Fellowship Research Presentation is part of the Knowledge Exchange, a forum for faculty, staff, and students to share their research, practice-based work, and creative work. This program affords productive sharing and networking; may encourage mentoring and modeling; and will encourage an interdisciplinarity that will enrich our campus community of teacher/scholars, teacher/practitioners, and learners. Attendance is open to all. For more information, contact Professor Raju Parakkal, raju.parakkal@jefferson.edu.

Please note: This event is hosted by the Arlen Specter Center for Public Service at Jefferson East Falls. 

*Students may earn credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate by attending this event. If you would like to receive Asano Certificate credit for attending this event, please e-mail David Meinhart (david.meinhart@jefferson.edu) to confirm your attendance.

Monday, November 11, 6-7 p.m., Hamilton 505

Interested in writing? Literature? Art history? Poetry? Philosophy? Film? Music?

A series of 5 reflective writing workshops, every other week from the end of Sept – Dec, will be held in which different texts and media will be analyzed, reflected upon, and responded to, bringing to light discussions on mortality, social justice, cross-cultural experience, the narrative nature of mankind, and the human condition in health care. The workshops will be held every other week from the end of September to December. Interested participants are asked to commit to attending as many workshops in the series as they can, as the impact of these narrative activities relies heavily on having a safe, collaborative space where everyone is equally dedicated to being there and to sharing a part of themselves.

Please contact Carly Slater, SKMC '22, for any questions: css005@jefferson.edu

*Students may earn credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate by attending this event.

Monday, November 11, 7 p.m., Louis Bluver Theatre at The Drake, 302 South Hicks Street

Play reading: The Children, by Lucy Kirkwood

Inis Nua’s 2019-2020 Reading Series shines a light on stories of growing old and the elderly. Three different contemporary plays from the UK and Ireland each look at the issue through a different lens. In The Children, by Lucy Kirkwood, three retired scientists grapple with their responsibilities towards the younger generation when a natural disaster causes an emergency at a nuclear power plant. A gripping play from both Broadway and the West End that asks what one generation owes to the next.

Free and open to the public; no registration required.

*Students may earn credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate by attending this event. If you would like to receive Asano Certificate credit for attending this event, please e-mail David Meinhart (david.meinhart@jefferson.edu) to confirm your attendance.

Tuesday, November 12, 7 p.m., Jefferson Alumni Hall, Eakins Lounge

Free and open to the public. Learn more and get tickets HERE

DocNights is a year-long collaboration between Jefferson, Philadelphia Film Society and William Way LGBT Community Center that showcases four documentaries about  diverse issues that members of the LGBTQ+ community experience every day. A Q&A and discussion with filmmakers or documentary subjects will follow each screening.

Around 15,500 transgender people serve in the U.S. military, where a ban on transgender service forces them to conceal their gender identity. TransMilitary chronicles the lives of four individuals—Senior Airman Logan Ireland, Corporal Laila Villanueva, Captain Jennifer Peace and First Lieutenant El Cook—defending their country’s freedom while fighting for their own. They put their careers and their families’ livelihoods on the line by coming out as transgender to top brass officials in the Pentagon in hopes of attaining the equal right to serve. The ban was lifted in 2016, but with President Trump now trying to reinstate it, their futures hang in the balance again.

Following the screening, we will be joined for discussion and Q&A by U.S. Army veteran and TransMilitary subject Patricia King and Michelle Conley, DNP, MBA, RN, Senior VP and Chief Nursing Office of Jefferson Health Northeast.

Co-sponsored by Jefferson Humanities & Health and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives, Sidney Kimmel Medical College.

*Students may earn credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate by attending this event. If you would like to receive Asano Certificate credit for attending this event, please e-mail David Meinhart (david.meinhart@jefferson.edu) to confirm your attendance.

Thursday, November 14, 5-8 p.m., Bodine Center for Cancer Treatment, 111 S. 11th St.

The Department of Radiation Oncology at Thomas Jefferson University is pleased to announce its current quarterly art exhibition, “Places For Discovery,” featuring over sixty original works throughout the hallways, waiting areas and exam rooms in the Bodine Center for Cancer Treatment. The exhibition program provides a meaningful creative experience for patients, family, staff and faculty.

“Places For Discovery” brings together six artists of different backgrounds who share a common creative goal: to use material, composition and inspiration to depict aesthetic ideas that offer respite for those undergoing treatment. Among the sources of inspiration that lead the artists to create are Chilean classical music compositions, material and chemical explorations, meditation, experiments with fluidity and opacity, as well as NASA space imaging. The variety of subject matter depicted in abstract expressive artwork allows the viewer to find different connections and meaning throughout the bi-level exhibition.

The reception is free and open to the public. There will be a curator-led tour starting at 5:30 p.m.

The exhibition is normally closed to the public, though arrangements for tours can be made by emailing eric@revolvd.com.

Monday, November 18, 12-1 p.m., Scott 200A

Open to all Jefferson students, faculty and staff. Lunch provided.

The Health Humanities Reading Group gathers weekly to think critically about health as it is understood through various disciplinary perspectives, social contexts and value systems. This ongoing program is open to students, faculty and staff, and offers an informal learning environment facilitated by participants. During Fall 2019, the reading group will explore topics related to Memory

Participants should read, and come prepared to discuss, the featured text for each session. Readings can be accessed via Blackboad upon joining the Jefferson Humanities & Health organization page. Learn More about the reading group and how to access readings.

November 18 Reading: Liliana Velasquez, Dreams and Nightmares/Sueños y Pesadillas, edited and translated by Mark Lyons, Anderson, SC: Parlor Press, 2017: Pages 117-205 ("Philadelphia," "Reflections," and "Finally, I Have Told My Story")

*Students may earn credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate by attending this event. 

Monday, November 18, 5-7 p.m., BLSB 101

Dinner provided. Pre-registration required HERE.

Juggling school along with other life commitments is a challenge that can leave us feeling stressed and pulled in different directions. In this art and movement based workshop, we will practice exercises that promote an awareness of what balance actually feels and looks like. We will explore setting boundaries, how to prevent burnout, and how to recognize, listen to and meet our own needs.

About Creative Approaches to Self-Care:

In order to care effectively for others, we must first learn to care for ourselves. This interdisciplinary series, led collaboratively by 3 creative arts therapists and a poet, is designed to engage students in self-care practices that promote healthy stress management and burnout prevention. Workshops will address topics including how to cope with stress and anxiety, cultivate relaxation techniques, find balance and develop self-compassion.

Instructors: Cindy Savett and Adenike Webb, MMT, MT-BC

*Students may earn credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate by attending this event.

Thursday, November 21, 12-1 p.m., Foerderer Auditorium, College Building

Pre-registration is appreciated HERE.

When Liliana Velásquez was fourteen, she fled violence and poverty in Guatemala and headed out alone for the United States. After being robbed by narcos and riding the boxcars of la bestia, she finally made it to the U.S. But her story didn’t end there—Liliana was caught by U.S. immigration, spent four months in a detention center, and then went into the foster system while the courts decided whether to deport her. Four years later, Liliana wrote her memoir, Dreams and Nightmares /  Sueños y Pesadillas, to share this remarkable story in her own words. While Liliana’s story is uniquely hers, it’s also the story of over 350,000 children who have fled violence and poverty  to make a safer life in the U.S. Liliana joins us to discuss Dreams and Nightmares and her experiences. 

Following the talk, there will be an oral history workshop led by Mark Lyons, MPH, Director of the Philadelphia Storytelling Project and Rosie Frasso, PhD, CPH, Program Director of Public Health at the Jefferson College of Population Health.  

*Students may earn credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate by attending this event. 

Open to Jefferson students, faculty and staff. Pre-registration is requested HERE.

Following Liliana Velásquez's Dreams and Nightmares / Sueños y Pesadillas talk, there will be an oral history workshop (1 - 3 p.m.) led by Mark Lyons, PA, MPH, Director of the Philadelphia Storytelling Project and Rosie Frasso, PhD, CPH, Program Director of Public Health at the Jefferson College of Population Health.

The workshop will demonstrate interviewing techniques for gathering, preserving and interpreting the voices and memories of people and communities. We hope you can join us!

*Students may earn credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate by attending this event. 

Monday, November 25, 12-1 p.m., Scott 200A

Open to all Jefferson students, faculty and staff. Lunch provided. 

The Health Humanities Reading Group gathers weekly to think critically about health as it is understood through various disciplinary perspectives, social contexts and value systems. This ongoing program is open to students, faculty and staff, and offers an informal learning environment facilitated by participants. During Fall 2019, the reading group will explore topics related to Memory

Participants should read, and come prepared to discuss, the featured text for each session. Readings can be accessed via Blackboad upon joining the Jefferson Humanities & Health organization page. Learn More about the reading group and how to access readings.

November 25 Reading: Jennifer M. Booker, The New Normal: Coming Out as Transgender in Midlife, The Unbound Press, 2019: Chapter 5, Hormones are Fun!

*Students may earn credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate by attending this event.

December

Monday, December 2, 12-1 p.m., Hamilton 210/211

Open to all Jefferson students, faculty and staff. Lunch provided. 

The Health Humanities Reading Group gathers weekly to think critically about health as it is understood through various disciplinary perspectives, social contexts and value systems. This ongoing program is open to students, faculty and staff, and offers an informal learning environment facilitated by participants. During Fall 2019, the reading group will explore topics related to Memory

Participants should read, and come prepared to discuss, the featured text for each session. Readings can be accessed via Blackboad upon joining the Jefferson Humanities & Health organization page. Learn More about the reading group and how to access readings.

December 2 Reading: Jennifer M. Booker, The New Normal: Coming Out as Transgender in Midlife,The Unbound Press, 2019: Chapter 7, Gender Confirmation

*Students may earn credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate by attending this event.

Monday, December 2, 6-7 p.m., Hamilton 212

Interested in writing? Literature? Art history? Poetry? Philosophy? Film? Music?

A series of 5 reflective writing workshops, every other week from the end of Sept – Dec, will be held in which different texts and media will be analyzed, reflected upon, and responded to, bringing to light discussions on mortality, social justice, cross-cultural experience, the narrative nature of mankind, and the human condition in health care. The workshops will be held every other week from the end of September to December. Interested participants are asked to commit to attending as many workshops in the series as they can, as the impact of these narrative activities relies heavily on having a safe, collaborative space where everyone is equally dedicated to being there and to sharing a part of themselves.

Please contact Carly Slater, SKMC '22, for any questions: css005@jefferson.edu

*Students may earn credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate by attending this event.

Thursday, December 5, 5:45 p.m., Eakins Lounge

Join students and faculty of SKMC's new Medicine + Music program for a workshop led by Yumi Kendall, Assistant Principal Cello of The Philadelphia Orchestra. Ms. Kendall will lead students in an interactive workshop, showing how collaborative music-making and performance can enhance listening skills and communication in the medical school and clinical setting.

Ms. Kendall graduated from the Curtis Institute in 2004 and immediately joined the Philadelphia Orchestra as assistant principal cello. In 2017, she earned a Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Kendall’s interest in positive organizational psychology and development stems from her belief in classical music’s powerful role in human flourishing, and the importance of cultivating healthy organizations as pathways to serve the arts and public community. In 2013, she received The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Kuhn Award, given annually to “the member of the Philadelphia Orchestra who has shown ability and enterprise of such character as to enhance the standards and reputation of The Philadelphia Orchestra.”

The workshop is open to Jefferson students, faculty and staff. Registration is not required. 

Questions? Please contact Dr. Debra Harder at Debra.Harder@jefferson.edu. 

*Students may earn credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate by attending this event.

Saturday, December 7, Lewis Katz School of Medicine - Medical Education and Research Building, 3500 North Broad St.

Open to the public. Registration is required at https://www.lksomnarrativemedicine.org/

The first in Lewis Katz School of Medicine history, our conference welcomes healthcare students, professionals, and other interested individuals to explore various forms of narrative expression, sharpen their critical eye, and nurture their humanity.

Intrigued? We’ve got an exciting day planned with workshops and discussions to explore what Narrative Medicine is, its role and value, and the many forms it can take in a medical or health-allied career. Guest talks from physicians and artists sprinkled throughout the day will give us insight into improving care for patients and building a career that celebrates narratives.

Our goal is to educate and inspire current and future healthcare professionals to utilize Narrative Medicine principles that enhance clinical practice, personal development, and overall well-being. We believe thoughtful analyzing, processing, and sharing of stories can help cultivate increased compassion and humanism within medicine.

Monday, December 9, 12-1 p.m., Scott 200A

Open to all Jefferson students, faculty and staff. Lunch provided. 

The Health Humanities Reading Group gathers weekly to think critically about health as it is understood through various disciplinary perspectives, social contexts and value systems. This ongoing program is open to students, faculty and staff, and offers an informal learning environment facilitated by participants. During Fall 2019, the reading group will explore topics related to Memory

Participants should read, and come prepared to discuss, the featured text for each session. Readings can be accessed via Blackboad upon joining the Jefferson Humanities & Health organization page. Learn More about the reading group and how to access readings.

December 9 Reading: Jennifer M. Booker, The New Normal: Coming Out as Transgender in Midlife,The Unbound Press, 2019: Chapter 6, Coming Out

*Students may earn credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate by attending this event.

Monday, December 9, 5-7 p.m., BLSB 105

Dinner provided. Pre-registration required HERE starting November 3.

Learning about ourselves, how we think and what makes us experience certain emotions, can help us manage better in times of stress and uncertainty. In this class, using both writing and movement, we will teach Mindfulness skills that can be used at a moment’s notice to enhance our self-awareness.

About Creative Approaches to Self-Care:

In order to care effectively for others, we must first learn to care for ourselves. This interdisciplinary series, led collaboratively by 3 creative arts therapists and a poet, is designed to engage students in self-care practices that promote healthy stress management and burnout prevention. Workshops will address topics including how to cope with stress and anxiety, cultivate relaxation techniques, find balance and develop self-compassion.

Instructors: Cindy Savett and Adenike Webb, MMT, MT-BC

*Students may earn credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate by attending this event.

Tuesday, December 10, 3-4:30 p.m., BLSB 101

A reception follows the event. Pre-registration required at jefferson.edu/peopleinthemiddle

This event is open to the public. 

Please join

Stephen K. Klasko, MD, MBA

President, Thomas Jefferson University

CEO, Jefferson Health

and

Aimee van Wynsberghe

Assistant Professor, TU Delft

European Commission High Level Expert Group on AI

Co-director, Foundation for Responsible Robotics

for

THE PEOPLE IN THE MIDDLE

Aimee van Wynsberghe will deliver the keynote address followed by discussion with a reaction panel, featuring foremost experts on AI in healthcare.

*Students may earn credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate by attending this event.

Thursday, December 12, 12-1 p.m., Eakins Lounge

Pre-registration is appreciated but not required: https://jeffvotes.eventbrite.com

Lunch will be provided, first-come first-served.

Join us for a presentation by Alisha Maity, MS4 at Sidney Kimmel Medical College and co-founder of JeffVotes, accompanied by a discussion of the importance of voting as seen from a healthcare perspective. This talk will cover a brief history of voting rights in America, the intertwined and oft-overlooked relationship between health and voting, and what we can do as health professionals to make a difference in our communities with respect to voter turnout. Research for this presentation was completed during SKMC's Health Advocacy elective, which allowed Alisha to work at the Committee of Seventy, an independent and nonpartisan civil leadership organization with the goal of expanding voting rights. Additionally, as a co-founder of student organization JeffVotes, Alisha will talk about the successes and future goals of the JeffVotes initiative to allow for hospitalized patients to vote on Election Day. Read more about JeffVotes in the Inquirer here.

Want to learn more about the topic in advance?

Here's some suggested reading:  

Voter Suppression Tactics in the Age of Trump, New Yorker:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/10/29/voter-suppression-tactics-in-the-age-of-trump

Low voter turnout is no accident, according to a ranking of the ease of voting in all 50 states, Washington Post:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2018/10/22/low-voter-turnout-is-no-accident-according-ranking-ease-voting-all-states/?utm_term=.304272ca0432

How health affects voter turnout, Journalist's Resource

https://journalistsresource.org/studies/politics/elections/voter-turnout-health-research/

Fallout from Election Day Chaos Continues in Indiana's Porter County, The Intercept:

https://theintercept.com/2018/11/16/porter-county-election-results/

Thousands of absentee ballots were rejected as record turnout encountered Pa.’s tight deadlines, Philadelphia Inquirer

https://www.philly.com/politics/pa-absentee-ballot-deadlines-rejected-midterm-election-20190118.html

*Students may earn credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate by attending this event.

Friday, December 13, 8 p.m., St. Luke and the Epiphany, 330 S. 13th Street, Philadelphia

**This event is free and open to the public. 

Conducted by Dr. Robert Sataloff and Dr. Michael Mahla, the Thomas Jefferson University Choir presents a 50th Anniversary Concert, performing:

J.S. Bach’s Magnificat in D

Carols of the Season

and Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus. 

Monday, December 16, 6-7 p.m., Hamilton 505

Interested in writing? Literature? Art history? Poetry? Philosophy? Film? Music?

A series of 5 reflective writing workshops, every other week from the end of Sept – Dec, will be held in which different texts and media will be analyzed, reflected upon, and responded to, bringing to light discussions on mortality, social justice, cross-cultural experience, the narrative nature of mankind, and the human condition in health care. The workshops will be held every other week from the end of September to December. Interested participants are asked to commit to attending as many workshops in the series as they can, as the impact of these narrative activities relies heavily on having a safe, collaborative space where everyone is equally dedicated to being there and to sharing a part of themselves.

Please contact Carly Slater, SKMC '22, for any questions: css005@jefferson.edu

*Students may earn credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate by attending this event.

Merion Trio: "The Poet & The Peasant"

Tuesday, December 17, 12-1 p.m., Eakins Lounge

Open to Jefferson students, faculty and staff. No registration required. Lunch provided.

The Tuesdays @ Twelve Dean's Concert Series is an annual program that presents six unique performances throughout the year. Each performance features talented musicians from Philadelphia and beyond. "The Poet & The Peasant" invites you to join the Merion Trio–pianist Gilya Hodos, violinist Margaret Humphrey, and cellist Rebecca Humphrey–as they explore folk tune based trios for piano, violin and cello.

*Students may earn credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate by attending this event.

January

Monday, January 13, 12-1 p.m., Location TBD

Open to all Jefferson students, faculty and staff. Lunch provided. 

The Health Humanities Reading Group gathers weekly to think critically about health as it is understood through various disciplinary perspectives, social contexts and value systems. This ongoing program is open to students, faculty and staff, and offers an informal learning environment facilitated by participants. During 2019-2020, the reading group will explore topics related to Memory

Participants should read, and come prepared to discuss, the featured text for each session. Readings can be accessed via Blackboad upon joining the Jefferson Humanities & Health organization page. Learn More about the reading group and how to access readings.

January 13 Reading: TBD

*Students may earn credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate by attending this event.

Monday, January 13, 5-7 p.m., BLSB 105

Dinner provided. Pre-registration required: https://jan-creative-approaches.eventbrite.com

This art and movement based workshop will directly address stress and anxiety management. We will guide you through relaxation, meditation and breathing exercises that you can easily practice at home. We will connect these embodied exercises with visual art that will be a comforting reminder of skills that are available to you.

Instructors: Sondra Rosenberg, ATR-BC and Rebekka Dietrich-Hartwell, DMT-BC, LPC

About Creative Approaches to Self-Care:

In order to care effectively for others, we must first learn to care for ourselves. This interdisciplinary series, led collaboratively by 3 creative arts therapists and a poet, is designed to engage students in self-care practices that promote healthy stress management and burnout prevention. Workshops will address topics including how to cope with stress and anxiety, cultivate relaxation techniques, find balance and develop self-compassion.

Mon., Jan. 13, 5-7 p.m. – Managing Anxiety

Mon., Feb. 10, 5-7 p.m. – Coping with Stress

Mon., Mar. 9, 5-7 p.m. – Cultivating Self-Acceptance

Mon., Apr. 6, 5-7 p.m. – Relaxation/Wind Down

*Students may earn credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate by attending this event.

*Please note: This event is open to Jefferson students. If you cannot attend, please cancel your registration at least 24 hours in advance. Students who register and don't show up may not be able to register for future Jefferson Humanities & Health events.

Monday, January 13, 7 p.m., Louis Bluver Theatre at The Drake, 302 South Hicks Street

Play reading: Halcyon Days, by Deirdre Kinahan

Inis Nua’s 2019-2020 Reading Series shines a light on stories of growing old and the elderly. Three different contemporary plays from the UK and Ireland each look at the issue through a different lens. Halcyon Days by Deirdre Kinahan takes place in a nursing home in rural Ireland, where Nora and Sean are both sick and not getting any younger. Together they face their past lives, their current regrets, and their hopes for the future. A poignant look at where age and illness meet in the institutions that house our elderly.

Free and open to the public; no registration required. More information at https://inisnuatheatre.org/show/reading-series-halcyon-days.

*Students may earn credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate by attending this event. If you would like to receive Asano Certificate credit for attending this event, please e-mail David Meinhart (david.meinhart@jefferson.edu) to confirm your attendance.

David's Harp

Tuesday, January 14, 12-1 p.m., Eakins Lounge

Open to Jefferson students, faculty and staff. No registration required. Lunch provided.

This Philadelphia-based ensemble will present an exciting concert of Sephardic music from Turkey, Greece, and North Africa. With a program of rollicking Ladino folk tunes and soulful ballads on themes of Jewish ritual, love, and domestic life, the performers will demonstrate the fluidity and blending of diverse musical ideas between Jewish and non-Jewish worlds.

The Tuesdays @ Twelve Dean's Concert Series is an annual program that presents six unique performances throughout the year. Each performance features talented musicians from Philadelphia and beyond.

*Students may earn credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate by attending this event.

Tuesday, January 14, 6-7:30 p.m.

Connelly Auditorium and Conrady Lobby, Hamilton Building

Learning from failure is important, but how do we deal with it on the journey towards growth? Join us as we hear from individuals from Jefferson share how they process failure and put things in perspective. Gain tools to develop a growth mindset and make a pledge to learn from errors, rather than hiding mistakes, beating yourself up, or fearing inevitable challenges. Be encouraged and supported to know you are not alone, and there is support along the way.

Presented by: Jefferson Humanities and Health, Sidney Kimmel Medical College Graduate Medical Education, SKMC Wellness Thread and the Student Personal Counseling Center.

*This is a dual-credit event. Students may earn credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate and for Leadership LIVE by attending this event. 

Tuesday, January 21, 7 p.m., Philadelphia Film Center Black Box Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street

Free and open to the public. Learn more and get tickets HERE

DocNights is a year-long collaboration between Jefferson, Philadelphia Film Society and William Way LGBT Community Center that showcases four documentaries about  diverse issues that members of the LGBTQ+ community experience every day. A Q&A and discussion with filmmakers or documentary subjects will follow each screening.

WE EXIST: BEYOND THE BINARY 

ANDREW SEGER | USA | 2018 | 55 MIN | NR

WE EXIST: BEYOND THE BINARY is one of the first films to document the growing community of people living life beyond the gender binary, offering a first-hand account of what it is like to exist as other than strictly male or female. Non-binary individuals, activists, and doctors all weigh in on subjects ranging from gender binary/social constructs, pronouns, access, and safety. The film also tells the riveting and deeply personal story of Lauren Lubin: a person in their mid-20s who identifies as gender neutral. Lauren shares the emotional, physical, and mental changes and obstacles they face in order to be their authentic self. While their story is unique, it also echoes the stories of so many other non-binary people around the world.

The film will be followed with a Skype Q&A with Lauren Lubin.

About the Guest:

Lauren Lubin's work shatters antiquated constructs that define gender as either male or female. Their project has started an international “WE EXIST” movement, inspiring those who exist outside the gender binary to stand up for their recognition. Lauren is a former Division I athlete who has been featured in Good Morning America, Time, BBC World Sports, Vice and countless others. Both an avid runner and activist, Lauren made headlines with their “WE RUN” campaign—which advocates for equal space and recognition for nonbinary athletes. Lauren also founded Andro Runners: NYC’s first nonbinary-specific running group.

Co-sponsored by Jefferson Humanities & Health and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives, Sidney Kimmel Medical College.

*Students may earn credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate by attending this event. If you would like to receive Asano Certificate credit for attending this event, please e-mail David Meinhart (david.meinhart@jefferson.edu) to confirm your attendance.

Friday, January 24, 3-9 p.m.

Registration opens soon.

Open to the public. Dinner provided.

The JEFFx Global Health Conference is an interdisciplinary event where students across health professions, faculty, and guests interested in global health can explore the field beyond the classroom setting: through a keynote address, faculty-led interactive workshops, and by getting to know other members of the Jefferson community involved in global health. The theme of the 2019 conference will be Planetary Health; attendees of the conference can expect to learn about how the environment, climate change, and healthcare intersect. 

*Students may earn credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate by attending this event.

Monday, January 27, 12-1 p.m., Location TBD

Open to all Jefferson students, faculty and staff. Lunch provided. 

The Health Humanities Reading Group gathers weekly to think critically about health as it is understood through various disciplinary perspectives, social contexts and value systems. This ongoing program is open to students, faculty and staff, and offers an informal learning environment facilitated by participants. During 2019-2020, the reading group will explore topics related to Memory

Participants should read, and come prepared to discuss, the featured text for each session. Readings can be accessed via Blackboad upon joining the Jefferson Humanities & Health organization page. Learn More about the reading group and how to access readings.

January 27 Reading: TBD

*Students may earn credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate by attending this event.


*Events marked with an asterisk can be counted toward the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate for Jefferson students. 

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