Thomas Jefferson University

Past Events

2021-2022: Origins

May

Curtis Institute Performance

Friday, May 6, 12-1 p.m., Piano atrium of the Gibbon Building (111 S 11th Street)


Open to Jefferson students, faculty, and staff

Speakers Dr. Shruti Chandra, Charlotte Tatum, Dr. Debra Harder, Melissa Ash, and Nicole Cavaliere will share their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic as healthcare workers and administrators between movements of music, written by Ted Babcock and played by the Viano Quartet, shedding light on the humanity of healthcare workers and calling the public to action in reforming our healthcare systems as the pandemic fades from public perception.

April

Schwartz Center Rounds presents Inspirational Stories & Opportunities for Action: The Gift of Organ Donation

Wednesday, April 27, 12-1 p.m., Zoom (register in Canvas, see instructions below)

Open to Jefferson students, faculty, and staff

Presented by the Cancer Support and Welcome Center at Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center (*This is not our event! We are just spreading the word!*)

Join us as our panelists discuss their personal stories about organ donation, the transplant process and interactions with healthcare teams.

Schwartz Center Rounds are humanism in medicine events developed by the Kenneth B. Schwartz Center to support and advance compassion in healthcare. They are named after Ken Schwartz who was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer and came to realize that what matters most during an illness is the human connection between patients and their caregivers, that “the smallest acts of kindness” made “the unbearable bearable.” These Schwartz rounds create a forum and level playing field where providers from diverse disciplines discuss difficult emotional and social issues that arise in caring for patients. In our institution they are held monthly on the fourth Wednesday of the month at noon, formerly in a large conference room but now in a virtual format. 

Co-facilitators: Lisa Capparella, MSS, LCSW, OSW-C and Kathleen Mechler, MD. 

To access the registration link, participants must visit the Schwartz Rounds page in the Event Links module of the Jefferson Humanities & Health organization on Canvas. Most Asano students are already users in the Humanities & Health Canvas course. If that is not the case, participants may email Matilda Ostow.

Celebration of the Humanities & Inside Out Release

Tuesday, April 26, 5:30-7 p.m., Eakins Lounge

Open to Jefferson students

Join us for our culminating event to celebrate this year of the humanities! We will congratulate those who earned the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate and the contributors and editors of Inside Out, Jefferson’s student-run arts & literary journal. Special guest Yolanda Wisher, Philadelphia-based poet, singer, educator, and curator, will present on the intersection of poetry and health and facilitate an interactive writing exercise. Then, hear students share excerpts of their written and artistic works from Inside Out’s newly-minted edition! We hope you come out for this in-person celebration to meet your fellow humanities peers, decompress, snack, and wrap up the year.  

Creative Approaches to Self-Care: Finding Perspective

Monday, April 18, 5-6:30 p.m., BLSB105 (register here)

Open to Jefferson students

In our last workshop of the season, participants will reflect on the past year and look ahead to what’s next while anchoring in the present moment. We will use art, movement, music and writing to mark this transition. Dinner provided to those in attendance.

Facilitated by Peggy Tileston, MT-BC and Sondra Rosenberg, ATR-BC.

About the Creative Approaches to Self-Care series

In order to care effectively for others, we must first learn to care for ourselves. This interdisciplinary series, led collaboratively by an arts therapist and music therapist, 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. 

Co-presented with the Student Counseling Center (SCC).

March

DocNights: Landfall Film Talkback

Monday, March 28, 7-8 p.m., Online via Zoom (register here)

Free and open to the public

About the film

Through shard-like glimpses of everyday life in post-Hurricane María Puerto Rico, Landfall is a cautionary tale for our times. Set against the backdrop of protests that toppled the US colony’s governor in 2019, the film offers a prismatic portrait of collective trauma and resistance. While the devastation of María attracted a great deal of media coverage, the world has paid far less attention to the storm that preceded it: a 72-billion-dollar debt crisis crippling Puerto Rico well before the winds and waters hit. Landfall examines the kinship of these two storms—one environmental, the other economic—juxtaposing competing utopian visions of recovery. Featuring intimate encounters with Puerto Ricans as well as the newcomers flooding the island, Landfall reflects on a question of contemporary global relevance: when the world falls apart, who do we become?

About the talkback

Join a dialogue between Lale Namerrow Pastor, Associate Producer and Collaborator of Landfall, and Richard V. Pepino, MSS, MS, Lecturer, Public Health, Jefferson College of Population Health, Thomas Jefferson University.

View the film

Landfall is available to view for free through April 1! You will receive the link to access the film in your confirmation email when you register for the talkback through Eventbrite.

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas. Learn more about the Asano Certificate program, and register here.

Creativity and Insights Lecture: Aha Moments in the Brain with John Kounios

Wednesday, March 23, 5-6 p.m.

In-person | Kanbar Campus Center, East Falls Campus (register here)

Livestream | Online via Zoom (register here)


Open to Jefferson students, faculty, and staff

Presented by the Creativity Core Curriculum (*This is not our event! We are just spreading the word!*)

The most dramatic form of creativity is the “Aha! Moment,”—what experimental psychologists and neuroscientists call “insight.” Insights are sudden realizations that pop into awareness, seemingly from nowhere. They are the source of new inventions, poems, symphonies, and mathematical theorems. They also provide practical solutions to everyday problems. Using examples from problem solving and musical improvisation, this talk will explain what an insight is, how the brain generates them, and how to have more of them. 

John Kounios, PhD, is a professor in Drexel University’s Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences who has published research on insight, creativity, problem solving, memory, and Alzheimer’s disease, and coauthored (with Mark Beeman) the international Amazon Bestseller, The Eureka Factor: Aha Moments, Creative Insight, and the Brain (Random House). John's research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation and has been reported by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Times (London), and National Public Radio, and was featured in BBC Television and Discovery Science Channel documentaries. His work was profiled by The New Yorker and The Saturday Evening Post and is part of a permanent exhibit in Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry. He is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, the Psychonomic Society, and the International Society for the Study of Creativity and Innovation.

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas. Learn more about the Asano Certificate program, and register here.

Schwartz Center Rounds: Drum It Out

Wednesday, March 23, 12-1 p.m., Zoom (register in Canvas, see instructions below)

Presented by the Cancer Support and Welcome Center at Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center (*This is not our event! We are just spreading the word!*)

Join us for a Special Schwartz Center Rounds with Josh Robinson, Jefferson Humanities & Health Teaching Artist as he facilitates an interactive workshop teaching us how to use music and drumming as a coping tool, a vehicle for healthy expression/emotional release, and a fun way to connect with others in an authentic and engaging way.

Schwartz Center Rounds are humanism in medicine events developed by the Kenneth B. Schwartz Center to support and advance compassion in healthcare. They are named after Ken Schwartz who was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer and came to realize that what matters most during an illness is the human connection between patients and their caregivers, that “the smallest acts of kindness” made “the unbearable bearable.” These Schwartz rounds create a forum and level playing field where providers from diverse disciplines discuss difficult emotional and social issues that arise in caring for patients. In our institution they are held monthly on the fourth Wednesday of the month at noon, formerly in a large conference room but now in a virtual format. 

Co-facilitators: Lisa Capparella, MSS, LCSW, OSW-C and Kathleen Mechler, MD. 

To access the registration link, participants must visit the Schwartz Rounds page in the Event Links module of the Jefferson Humanities & Health organization on Canvas. Most Asano students are already users in the Humanities & Health Canvas course. If that is not the case, participants may email Matilda Ostow.

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas. Learn more about the Asano Certificate program, and register here.

Health Humanities Reading Group: Radical Recipe

Tuesday, March 22, 12-1 p.m., Online via Zoom (registration in Canvas, instructions below)

Open to all Jefferson students, faculty, and staff

Reading: Marilisa C. Navarro, “Radical Recipe: Veganism as Anti-Racism”

Time: 18 min read

Special guest discussant: Marilisa C. Navarro, PhD, Assistant Professor of African American Studies, College of Humanities and Sciences, Thomas Jefferson University.

This week, HHRG will discuss anti-racism in relation to food, foodways, veganism and cookbooks. Special guest discussant Dr. Marilisa Navarro will join the group in considering how two cookbooks—Afro-Vegan by Bryant Terry and Decolonize Your Diet by Luz Calvo and Catriona Esquibel—go beyond conveying recipes to produce knowledge, critique racism and colonialism, deconstruct the white-centric veganism narrative, and highlight the voices, histories and experiences of people of color.

Participants are expected to read, and come prepared to discuss, the selected reading. To access the reading and registration link, participants must visit the Health Humanities Reading Group: Radical Recipe page in the Event Links module of the Jefferson Humanities & Health organization on Canvas. Most Asano students are already users in the Humanities & Health Canvas course. If that is not the case, email Matilda Ostow, Humanities Program Coordinator, at matilda.ostow@jefferson.edu.

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas. Learn more about the Asano Certificate program, and register here.

^This workshop counts as credit towards the Anti-Racism in Health Focus, a subset of the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate. Learn more here.

Jefferson Humanities Forum & College of Architecture and the Built Environment present Amie Shao

Expecting More: Designing for Birth 

Monday, March 21, 6-7 p.m., Online via Zoom (register here)

Amie Shao is a Principal with MASS Design Group, where she oversees research focusing on health infrastructure planning, design, and evaluation. Amie also leads the MASS.Made team in interior design, including space planning, testing and fabrication, and furniture design for office and healthcare spaces. Her work is aimed at engaging and empowering stakeholders in the design process; creating human-centered environments that are functional, adaptable, and mission-driven; supporting and substantiating the impact of design on health, social, and environmental outcomes; and translating research into guidelines that can be used to advocate for policy change.

Currently, Amie is supporting the firm’s COVID-19 research and leading Maternal Health projects with IHI and PATH in Africa and South Asia. Blending human-centered design practices with evidence-based research, Amie has collaborated with Ariadne Labs and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to investigate the Impact of Design on Clinical Care in Childbirth, worked with the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital to design for the spatial needs of children with Cerebral Palsy, and coordinated the production of National Health Infrastructure Standards for the Liberian Ministry of Health.

Forum Scholar: Christopher Harnish, MArch, Associate Professor, College of Architecture and the Built Environment

Co-presented with the College of Architecture and the Built Environment.

During 2021-2022, the Jefferson Humanities Forum speaker series will bring a handful of multidisciplinary scholars and thinkers to investigate the theme Origins. Learn more on the Jefferson Humanities Forum page, where you can also explore the contextual resources for this lecture, compiled by Dr. Lazcano.

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas. 

Anti-Racism in Health Focus Discussion: Race-Norming

Friday, March 18, 12-1 p.m., Hamilton 224/225 (register here)

Open to all Jefferson students, faculty, and staff

Reading: Reading: McMillen, Matt. (2021, April 8). Race-Norming in Health Care: A Special Report. HealthCentral.

Facilitator: Denine R. Crittendon, MPH, PhD(c), Lecturer, Jefferson College of Population Health

Join a discussion about the implications of “race-norming” and the movement to phase out race-based calculations in medical education and clinical settings. Participants are expected to read, and come prepared to discuss, the selected reading. 

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas. Learn more about the Asano Certificate program, and register here.

^This workshop counts as credit towards the Anti-Racism in Health Focus, a subset of the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate. Learn more here.

Inis Nua Reading Series: Healing and Hope
Monday, March 14, 7 p.m., The Proscenium Theater at The Drake, 302 S Hicks Street (register here)
Free and open to the public
Play reading: Nine Night by Natasha Gordon (England)

Relationships are tested and secrets revealed when a British-Jamaican family gathers for the customary nine nights of mourning following the death of their matriarch.

Inis Nua’s 2021-22 Reading Series: Healing and Hope presents three moving and funny plays that shine a light on how we as people find connection, community, and meaning even in the darkest of times.

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas. Learn more about the Asano Certificate program, and register here.

Creative Approaches to Self-Care: Staying Connected

Monday, March 14, 5-6 p.m., Online via Zoom (register here)

Open to Jefferson students

In this virtual workshop, participants will explore a variety of practices that help to develop resiliency and well-being. Facilitated by Peggy Tileston, MT-BC.

About the Creative Approaches to Self-Care series

In order to care effectively for others, we must first learn to care for ourselves. This interdisciplinary series, led collaboratively by an arts therapist and music therapist, 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. 

Co-presented with the Student Counseling Center (SCC).

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas. 

Coping with COVID on the College Campus

Tuesday, March 8, 12:30-2 p.m.

In-person | Kanbar Performance Space (register for the in-person event here)

Livestream | Online via Zoom (link in Canvas, see instructions below)


Open to Jefferson students, faculty, and staff

Presented by the Arlen Specter Center (*This is not our event! We are just spreading the word!*)

A panel discussion on the psychological impact of the pandemic on college students, faculty and staff. Hear perspectives of students, an administrator, and a psychologist. Learn about dealing with uncertainty; positives/negatives of online learning; stress and anxiety due to isolation, changed living environments, and more.

Moderator: Evan Laine, MA, JD, Faculty Director, Arlen Specter Center; Director, Law & Society Program, Thomas Jefferson University – East Falls

Panelists:

  • Henry Humphreys, PhD, Vice-Chancellor, Dean of Students, Thomas Jefferson University – East Falls
  • C. Virginia O’Hayer, MA, PhD, Clinical Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Human Behavior Director, Thomas Jefferson University - Center City
  • Julia Smith, BA, Advanced Student, MS in Community & Trauma Counseling Program, Thomas Jefferson University – East Falls

Presented by the Arlen Spector Center as their Laurence Katz Memorial Lecture.

To access the registration link, participants must visit the Coping with COVID page in the Event Links module of the Jefferson Humanities & Health organization on Canvas. Most Asano students are already users in the Humanities & Health Canvas course. If that is not the case, participants may self-enroll or email Matilda Ostow.

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas. Learn more about the Asano Certificate program, and register here.

Drawing to Decompress

Wednesday, March 2, 5-6 p.m., Online via Zoom (register here)

Open to Jefferson students, faculty, and staff

Explore the ways in which a drawing practice can bring balance to your healthcare studies or career. Artist and cardiologist Nazanin Moghbeli, MD, FACC, uses art to inspire, decompress, and deepen curiosity about the human body and medicine. Join Dr. Moghbeli for a workshop that will build on this wisdom to expand participants’ observational skills, promote self-care, and encourage burnout prevention. All drawing abilities and experiences are welcome! This workshop will discuss basic drawing techniques, composition, subject matter, three-dimensionality, and tips for forming a daily sketchbook practice.

Materials will be available for pick-up prior to the workshop, including: a small sketchbook and portable pocket version, drawing pencils, and an eraser.

About the instructor: Nazanin Moghbeli, MD, FACC is an Iranian-American artist and cardiologist, and the director of the Cardiac Care Unit at Einstein Medical Center. Dr. Moghbeli is the current Humanities artist-in-residence. Learn more here.

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas. Learn more about the Asano Certificate program, and register here.

February

Jefferson Humanities Forum “Origins” presents 

Robin Wall Kimmerer: Braiding Sweetgrass

Monday, February 28, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Online via Zoom (register here)

Free and open to the public

Robin Wall Kimmerer is a mother, scientist, decorated professor, and enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. She is the author of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants, which has earned Kimmerer wide acclaim. Her first book, Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses, was awarded the John Burroughs Medal for outstanding nature writing, and her other work has appeared in Orion, Whole Terrain, and numerous scientific journals. She tours widely and has been featured on NPR’s On Being with Krista Tippett and in 2015 addressed the general assembly of the United Nations on the topic of “Healing Our Relationship with Nature.” Kimmerer lives in Syracuse, New York, where she is a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology, and the founder and director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment, whose mission is to create programs which draw on the wisdom of both indigenous and scientific knowledge for our shared goals of sustainability.

Forum Scholar: Anne Bower, PhD, Professor of Biology, College of Life Sciences, Thomas Jefferson University.

Co-presented with the Jefferson College of Life Sciences.

During 2021-2022, the Jefferson Humanities Forum speaker series will bring a handful of multidisciplinary scholars and thinkers to investigate the theme Origins. Learn more on the Jefferson Humanities Forum page, where you can also explore the contextual resources for this lecture, compiled by Dr. Lazcano.

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas. 

Health Humanities Reading Group: Little Pharma

Monday, February 28, 12-1 p.m., Hamilton 224/225 (register here)

Open to all Jefferson students, faculty, and staff

Join a discussion about poetry, illness, and healthcare, drawing from the poetry collection Little Pharma, by doctor and medical ethicist Laura Kolbe.

Reading: “Cadaver 28” and “Little Pharma’s Research,” two poems by Laura Kolbe

Facilitator: Katherine Hubbard, MA, Teaching Instructor, JeffMD Humanities Selectives, Sidney Kimmel Medical College 

Please note: This discussion will take place in-person, in the Hamilton Building on Jefferson's Center City campus. Lunch gift card provided. Limited copies of Laura Kolbe's Little Pharma will be available for attendees after the discussion.

The Health Humanities Reading Group gathers 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. Participants are expected to read, and come prepared to discuss, the text selected for each session.

To access the reading, participants must visit the Health Humanities Reading Group module in the Jefferson Humanities & Health organization on Canvas. Most Asano students are already users in the Humanities & Health Canvas course. If that is not the case, participants may email Matilda Ostow.

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas. Learn more about the Asano Certificate program, and register here.

Anti-Racism in Health Focus Discussion: Physician Racial Concordance & Infant Mortality

Friday, February 25, 12-1 p.m., Hamilton 224/225 (register here)

Open to all Jefferson students, faculty, and staff

Reading: Brad N. Greenwood, Rachel R. Hardeman, Laura Huang and Aaron Sojourner, “Physician–patient racial concordance and disparities in birthing mortality for newborns,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2020) 117 (35): 21194-21200. 

Facilitator: Denine R. Crittendon, MPH, PhD(c), Lecturer, Jefferson College of Population Health

This small-group discussion will consider a 2020 paper that posits that newborn-physician racial concordance (the newborn and doctor have the same race) improves mortality rates for Black babies, especially during more challenging births and in hospital spaces where more Black newborns are delivered.

Participants are expected to read, and come prepared to discuss, the selected reading. To access the reading, participants must visit the Anti-Racism in Health Focus page in the Event Links module of the Jefferson Humanities & Health organization on Canvas. Most Asano students are already users in the Humanities & Health Canvas course. If that is not the case, you may email Matilda Ostow, Humanities Program Coordinator, at matilda.ostow@jefferson.edu.

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas. Learn more about the Asano Certificate program, and register here.

^This workshop counts as credit towards the Anti-Racism in Health Focus, a subset of the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate. Learn more here.

DEI Journal Club: Ableism in Academia

Thursday, February 24, 4-5 p.m., Online via Zoom (register here)

Open to Jefferson students, faculty, and staff

Join us the DEI journal club in the new year to discuss ableism, the intentional or unintentional discrimination and prejudices against disabled persons, and its place in academia. We will address readings from “How Ableism Contributed to Me Leaving Graduate School" and “We Need to Address Ableism in Science” in addition to excerpts from the book Life of the Mind Interrupted by Katie Rose Guest Pryal, JD, PhD. 

Readings:

This DEI Journal Club is a safe and accountable space for the community to come together monthly to engage in active discussion about relevant diversity topics that will challenge our current world views in order to increase inclusivity and equity in the life sciences and our respective communities (classrooms, labs, offices, etc.). 

Interested in getting involved with the journal club? Head to our Canvas site or email JCLSDEIJournalClub@jefferson.edu!

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas. 

Braiding Sweetgrass Small-Group Discussion

Wednesday, February 23, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Online via Zoom (register here)

Open to Jefferson students, faculty, and staff 

Join a small-group discussion to explore themes from Robin Wall Kimmerer’s acclaimed book Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants. This program takes place in anticipation of Robin Wall Kimmerer’s Jefferson Humanities Forum talk on February 28 (register for the talk here!) and will be facilitated by third-year medical student Steven Bieser. Copies of Braiding Sweetgrass will be offered to participants after the discussion.

No reading is required to participate in this discussion, attendees are just encouraged to peruse the following prompts and bring any reactions/responses/questions to a fun and low-key small group session!:

  • What can plants and other organisms teach us about our own origins? Origins of our own evolution? Of our medicines? Of the way we share (or fail to share) resources with one another?
  • Do trees communicate? how? And what does it mean to "communicate"?
  • The intersections of plants and medicine go back millennia as humans have learned how to apply mixtures of extracts from Willow bark (Aspirin) to wounds and alleviate pain and reduce fevers as recorded by Sumerians and Egyptians, and then by great physicians from ancient Greece and Rome. And independently by Indigenous peoples of the Americas to alleviate toothache, headache, and arthritis!!
  • Digoxin from digitalis (foxglove plants) is used to treat heart failure today but used to be used for epilepsy and may have influenced some of Van Gogh’s most famous work: yellowish halos that illuminate his “Starry Night” painting are a recognized symptom of digoxin poisoning.
  • How have plants influenced your own life and how will they impact your future?

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas. 

Jefferson Salutes Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Event

Wednesday, February 23, 12-1:30 p.m., Zoom (link in Canvas, see instructions below)

Presented by Diversity, Inclusion & Community Engagement at Jefferson (*This is not our event! We are just spreading the word!*)

Please join us to hear from Mr. Yusef Salaam and Mr. Raymond Santana who were both tried and convicted in the “Central Park jogger” case along with four other Black and Latinx young men. They are part of the Exonerated Five who spent between seven to 13 years behind bars for crimes they did not commit until their sentences were overturned in 2002. Since then, they have received a multi-million dollar settlement from the city of New York for its injustice and have been profiled in award-winning films, including The Central Park Five documentary from Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon and most recently the Emmy award-winning Netflix limited series When They See Us, written and directed by Ava DuVernay.  

To access the registration link, participants must visit the MLK Jr. Annual Event page in the Event Links module of the Jefferson Humanities & Health organization on Canvas. Most Asano students are already users in the Humanities & Health Canvas course. If that is not the case, participants may self-enroll or email Matilda Ostow.

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas. Learn more about the Asano Certificate program, and register here.

Schwartz Center Rounds presents Gifts from the Heart: Stories and Outcomes that Warm the Heart

Wednesday, February 23, 12-1 p.m., Zoom (register in Canvas, see instructions below)

Presented by the Cancer Support and Welcome Center at Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center (*This is not our event! We are just spreading the word!*)

Join us as our panelists and attendees share positive outcomes, moments of thanks, and stories that have impacted their work and personal lives during difficult times.

Schwartz Center Rounds are humanism in medicine events developed by the Kenneth B. Schwartz Center to support and advance compassion in healthcare. They are named after Ken Schwartz who was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer and came to realize that what matters most during an illness is the human connection between patients and their caregivers, that “the smallest acts of kindness” made “the unbearable bearable.” These Schwartz rounds create a forum and level playing field where providers from diverse disciplines discuss difficult emotional and social issues that arise in caring for patients. In our institution they are held monthly on the fourth Wednesday of the month at noon, formerly in a large conference room but now in a virtual format. 

Co-facilitators: Lisa Capparella, MSS, LCSW, OSW-C and Kathleen Mechler, MD. 

To access the registration link, participants must visit the Schwartz Rounds page in the Event Links module of the Jefferson Humanities & Health organization on Canvas. Most Asano students are already users in the Humanities & Health Canvas course. If that is not the case, participants may self-enroll or email Matilda Ostow.

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas. Learn more about the Asano Certificate program, and register here.

Failing Forward

Tuesday, February 22, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Online via Zoom (register here)

Open to Jefferson students, faculty, and staff

How can we learn from failure on the journey towards growth? Join us for a presentation and discussion with clinical therapist Matthew Purinton, MSW, LCSW, whose approach to learning from failure draws on the principles and values of trauma-informed care and Disability culture. 

Matt utilizes the unique knowledge gleaned from his life experience: forty-four years of living with a disability, thirty-six years of which have been spent dealing with chronic pain. Matt's experience informs his practice as a client-centered therapist who helps people discover new coping skills and uncover hidden resources. In his keynote presentation, Matt will discuss finding insights and strengths in personal experiences of adversity as well as the necessity of collective networks of solidarity for addressing systemic social failures, including those brought about by ableism. 

From Matt: I believe in leveraging a multimodal, multidisciplinary design process that levels patient and provider to co-create solutions by leaning into the problem. My Disability has taught me that the best way over an obstacle is straight through. I’ll be focusing on how we're failing in the time of Covid, and how ableism and implicit bias are hampering our recovery. Chronic isolation, chronic threat and fatigue, and mixed messages are all harming our psyches and our ability to evaluate information. We need social media to be a cultivator of connection and collaboration instead of an orchestrator of outrage, now more than ever. How can we reimagine business, education, design, and medicine by adopting a "Nothing About Us Without Us" problem-solving process? Representation matters, or else we are doomed to continue to do the same things and expect different results. Collaborating and asking the people who are impacted about what they think the issues are, and where they think the solutions can be found, is the place to start. 

 Following his talk, Matt will be in dialogue with moderator Nethra Ankam, MD, Wellness Thread Director and JeffMD Associate Professor, Rehabilitation Medicine, Sidney Kimmel Medical College, and attendees.

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

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas. 

**Students can earn credit towards Leadership LIVE for attending this event.

Creative Approaches to Self-Care: Relaxation

Monday, February 21, 5-6 p.m., Online via Zoom (register here)

Open to Jefferson students

This workshop is all about taking some time to relax! Participants will be guided through a series of exercises designed to bring peace and calm by connecting with the breath, body and creative spirit. Facilitated by Sondra Rosenberg, ATR-BC.

About the Creative Approaches to Self-Care series

In order to care effectively for others, we must first learn to care for ourselves. This interdisciplinary series, led collaboratively by an arts therapist and music therapist, 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. 

Co-presented with the Student Counseling Center (SCC).

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas. 

Health Humanities Reading Group: Eight Bites

Monday, February 21, 12-1 p.m., Hamilton 210/211 (register here)

Open to all Jefferson students, faculty, and staff

Reading: “Eight Bites” in Machado, Carmen Maria. (2017). Her Body and Other Parties. Graywolf Press. Time: 20 min read

Facilitator: Katherine Hubbard, MA, Teaching Instructor, JeffMD Humanities Selectives, Sidney Kimmel Medical College

This week, HHRG will use fiction to discuss nuances around health and bodies. The selected short story “Eight Bites” follows a narrator who elects to get bariatric surgery after her three sisters have undergone the procedure (and claim that it changed their lives), stirring up themes of body image, self-hate, and weight-loss culture.

Please note: This discussion will take place in-person, in the Hamilton Building on Jefferson's Center City campus. Lunch gift card provided. Limited copies of Carmen Maria Machado’s Her Body and Other Parties will be available for attendees after the discussion.

The Health Humanities Reading Group gathers 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. Participants are expected to read, and come prepared to discuss, the text selected for each session.

To access the reading, participants must visit the Health Humanities Reading Group module in the Jefferson Humanities & Health organization on Canvas. Most Asano students are already users in the Humanities & Health Canvas course. If that is not the case, participants may email Matilda Ostow.

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas. Learn more about the Asano Certificate program, and register here.

Anti-Racism in Health Focus: Patient-Clinician Encounters 

Friday, February 11, 12-1 p.m., Hamilton 210/211 (register here)

Open to all Jefferson students, faculty, and staff

Reading: Marie V. Plaisime, David J. Malebranche, Andrea L. Davis and Jennifer A. Taylor, “Healthcare Providers’ Formative Experiences with Race and Black Male Patients in Urban Hospital Environments,” Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities (2017) 4: 1120-1127. 

Facilitator: Denine R. Crittendon, MPH, PhD(c), Lecturer, Jefferson College of Population Health

How does the normalization of structural racism at systemic levels impact patient-clinician encounters? This discussion will focus on a recent study conducted with Philadelphia-area physicians, nurses and 3rd and 4th year medical students which explored how personal and professional experiences influence interactions with Black male patients.

Participants are expected to read, and come prepared to discuss, the selected reading. To access the reading, participants must visit the Anti-Racism in Health Focus page in the Event Links module of the Jefferson Humanities & Health organization on Canvas. Most Asano students are already users in the Humanities & Health Canvas course. If that is not the case, you may self-enroll here or email Matilda Ostow, Humanities Program Coordinator, at matilda.ostow@jefferson.edu.

Please note: This discussion will take place in-person, in the Hamilton Building on Jefferson's Center City campus. Please only register if you are able to join in-person. Lunch gift card provided.

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas. Learn more about the Asano Certificate program, and register here.

^This workshop counts as credit towards the Anti-Racism in Health Focus, a subset of the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate. Learn more here.

Soundtrack to Your Life with Josh Robinson and JeffHELP CHATT

Thursday, February 10, 12 p.m., Online via Zoom (register here)

We all have a soundtrack that marks the many chapters of our lives. Teaching artist Josh Robinson and members from Jefferson student group JeffHELP CHATT will facilitate a reflection through your musical past, your stories, and the role music has played throughout your life. The workshop uses music as a vehicle to help participants connect to others and reconnect to themselves. Participants will be guided to reflect on the meaning of various songs in their lives and how music has helped them through both positive and negative experiences. 

Co-presented by Jefferson Humanities & Health and JeffHELP CHATT.

JeffHELP CHATT is a program designed by students for students at Thomas Jefferson University to promote mental health awareness and discussion about mental health. CHATT members are trained to serve as peer listeners for Jeff students who would like to talk about current concerns. Additionally, CHATT members work together and with staff to organize campus-wide social events that promote wellness. Learn more here.

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas. Learn more about the Asano Certificate program, and register here.

JeffX Global Health Conference 2022 – Living with the Pandemic: The Global Response Friday, February 4, 12-3 p.m., Zoom (link in Canvas, see instructions below)

Presented by Jefferson's Global Health Student Consortium (*This is not our event! We are just spreading the word!*)

Jefferson’s Global Health Student Consortium (GHSC) presents the 2022 Global Health Conference which consists of three panels exploring different aspects of innovation, policy, and life amidst COVID, exploring inequity as well as highlighting successes in this daunting pandemic. With experts from various fields and countries such as Malawi, Japan, and Panama, we hope to reflect on how nations across the globe have dealt with seemingly insurmountable challenges posed by the pandemic and how that can inform our lives as we adjust to living with COVID-19.

To enter our raffle for 10 $50 Amazon gift cards, please register for the conference and show up this Friday!

12-1 p.m. - Panel 1: The Vaccine

  • Rwanda: Dr. Albert Tuyishime – Head of the Institute of HIV/AIDS
  • Washington DC: Mr. Zin Rizvi – Research Director, Public Citizen
  • Philadelphia: Dr. Matthias Schnell – Director, Jefferson Vaccine Center

1-2 p.m. - Panel 2: Grassroots Response

  • Panama: Christina Salazar, Carolina Cuenca – TodoPanama & Unidos por Panama
  • Philadelphia: Dr. Morgan Hutchinson – Jefferson Health Design Lab
  • India: Dr. Raja Narayanan – Director, LV Prasad Eye Institute and Pranav Adhyapak & Sushmita Kavatagimath – KLE medical students 

2-3 p.m. - Panel 3: Large-scale Response

  • Malawi: Dr. John Phuka – Head of Malawi’s Presidential Covid Taskforce
  • Japan: Dr. Jumpei Tsukada – Jefferson Japan Center
  • Italy: Dr. Ignazio Marino – Director, Jefferson Italy Center 

Learn more about the Global Health Student Consortium here.

To access the registration link, participants must visit the JeffX 2020 page in the Event Links module of the Jefferson Humanities & Health organization on Canvas. Most Asano students are already users in the Humanities & Health Canvas course. If that is not the case, participants may self-enroll or email Matilda Ostow.

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas. Learn more about the Asano Certificate program, and register here.

Schwartz Center Rounds presents Groundhog Day: Today is Tomorrow

Wednesday, February 2, 12-1 p.m., Zoom (register in Canvas, see instructions below)

Presented by the Cancer Support and Welcome Center at Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center (*This is not our event! We are just spreading the word!*)

Join us as our panelists share their perspective and coping with the constant and continued impact COVID has had on the healthcare system.

Schwartz Center Rounds are humanism in medicine events developed by the Kenneth B. Schwartz Center to support and advance compassion in healthcare. They are named after Ken Schwartz who was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer and came to realize that what matters most during an illness is the human connection between patients and their caregivers, that “the smallest acts of kindness” made “the unbearable bearable.” These Schwartz rounds create a forum and level playing field where providers from diverse disciplines discuss difficult emotional and social issues that arise in caring for patients. In our institution they are held monthly on the fourth Wednesday of the month at noon, formerly in a large conference room but now in a virtual format. 

Co-facilitators: Lisa Capparella, MSS, LCSW, OSW-C and Kathleen Mechler, MD. 

To access the registration link, participants must visit the Schwartz Rounds page in the Event Links module of the Jefferson Humanities & Health organization on Canvas. Most Asano students are already users in the Humanities & Health Canvas course. If that is not the case, participants may self-enroll or email Matilda Ostow.

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas. Learn more about the Asano Certificate program, and register here.

January

Health Humanities Reading Group

Monday, January 31, 12-1 p.m., Online via Zoom (registration instructions below)

Open to all Jefferson students, faculty, and staff

Reading: William Carlos Williams, “The Use of Force,” first published in 1938, from The Doctor Stories (New York: New Directions, 1984).

Facilitator: Katherine Hubbard, MA, Teaching Instructor, JeffMD Humanities Selectives, Sidney Kimmel Medical College 

Join a small group discussion about the short text “The Use of Force” by poet and physician William Carlos Williams. The story focuses on the interaction between a doctor and a determined child patient, giving insight into the doctor’s perspective as he navigates a stubborn patient and her potential life-threatening illness, and his own judgment.

The Health Humanities Reading Group gathers 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. Participants are expected to read, and come prepared to discuss, the text selected for each session.

To access the reading and registration link, participants must visit the Health Humanities Reading Group page in the Ongoing Programs module of the Jefferson Humanities & Health organization on Canvas. Most Asano students are already users in the Humanities & Health Canvas course. If that is not the case, participants may self-enroll or email Matilda Ostow.

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas. Learn more about the Asano Certificate program, and register here.

SORT presents Patient and Provider Perspectives on Opioid Use Disorder and Treatment  Thursday, January 27, 1-2 p.m., Zoom (link in Canvas, see instructions below)

Presented by SORT (*This is not our event! We are just spreading the word!*)

Jefferson student group Student Opioid Response Team (SORT) presents a virtual panel featuring certified recovery specialists and patients from Project HOME Health Services’ (the Hub of Hope and Stephen Klein Wellness Center) Medication for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD) Program to offer personal insight into the world of addiction and the road to recovery.

To access the Zoom link, participants must visit the SORT Virtual Panel page in the Event Links module of the Jefferson Humanities & Health organization on Canvas. Most Asano students are already users in the Humanities & Health Canvas course. If that is not the case, participants may self-enroll or email Matilda Ostow.

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas. Learn more about the Asano Certificate program, and register here.

Schwartz Center Rounds: Healing Through Humor

Wednesday, January 26, 12-1 p.m., Zoom (register in Canvas, see instructions below)

Presented by the Cancer Support and Welcome Center at Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center (*This is not our event! We are just spreading the word!*)

Humor lightens your burdens, inspires hope, connects you to others, and keeps you grounded, focused, and alert. It also helps you release anger and forgive sooner. Join Caroline Rhoads, MSW, for this special sessions designed to help provide you with some much need respite from the world! *Disclaimer- This meeting will be locked by 12:15 p.m.

Schwartz Center Rounds are humanism in medicine events developed by the Kenneth B. Schwartz Center to support and advance compassion in healthcare. They are named after Ken Schwartz who was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer and came to realize that what matters most during an illness is the human connection between patients and their caregivers, that “the smallest acts of kindness” made “the unbearable bearable.” These Schwartz rounds create a forum and level playing field where providers from diverse disciplines discuss difficult emotional and social issues that arise in caring for patients. In our institution they are held monthly on the fourth Wednesday of the month at noon, formerly in a large conference room but now in a virtual format. 

Co-facilitators: Lisa Capparella, MSS, LCSW, OSW-C and Kathleen Mechler, MD. 

To access the registration link, participants must visit the Schwartz Rounds page in the Event Links module of the Jefferson Humanities & Health organization on Canvas. Most Asano students are already users in the Humanities & Health Canvas course. If that is not the case, participants may self-enroll or email Matilda Ostow.

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas. Learn more about the Asano Certificate program, and register here.

DocNights: Inhabitants Film Talkback

Tuesday, January 25, 7-8 p.m., Online via Zoom (register here)

Free and open to the public

DocNights, the Jefferson Humanities & Health collaboration with Philadelphia Film Society, continues this fall with a new programming focus: environmental justice. 

About the film

Inhabitants follows five Native American Tribes across deserts, coastlines, forests, and prairies as they restore their traditional land management practices. For millennia Native Americans successfully stewarded and shaped their landscapes, but centuries of colonization have disrupted their ability to maintain traditional land management practices. As the climate crisis escalates these time-tested practices of North America's original inhabitants are becoming increasingly essential in a rapidly changing world.

About the talkback

Join a virtual talkback with members of the Inhabitants community: Ben-Alex Dupris, producer; Costa Boutsikaris, co-director; Anna Palmer, co-director; and Michael Johnson, a traditional Hopi farmer and practitioner featured in the film. The discussion will be moderated by Susan Frostén, M.Arch, RA (NYS), LEED AP, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, Associate Professor of Architecture, College of Architecture and the Built Environment, Thomas Jefferson University. 

View the film

Inhabitants is available to view for free through January 31. You you will receive the link to access the film in your confirmation email when you register for the talkback through Eventbrite.

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas. Learn more about the Asano Certificate program, and register here.

Creative Approaches to Self-Care: Staying Connected

Monday, January 24, 5-6 p.m., Online via Zoom (register here)

Open to Jefferson students

Research has shown that our relationships with ourselves, others, and even nature have a profound impact on physical health and psychological well-being. In this workshop, we will use a variety of art-based practices to explore ways of building and maintaining this all-important sense of connection.  Facilitated by Peggy Tileston, MT-BC and Sondra Rosenberg, ATR-BC

About the Creative Approaches to Self-Care series

In order to care effectively for others, we must first learn to care for ourselves. This interdisciplinary series, led collaboratively by an arts therapist and music therapist, 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. 

Co-presented with the Student Counseling Center (SCC).

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas. 

Drum It Out with Josh Robinson

Tuesday, January 18, 5-6 p.m., Online via Zoom (register here)

Open to Jefferson students, faculty, and staff.

Percussionist and Humanities visiting instructor Josh Robinson invites you to "Drum It Out!" This interactive workshop uses drumming as a coping tool, a vehicle for healthy expression and emotional release, and a fun way to connect with others in an authentic and engaging way. A pair of drumsticks will be available for pick-up leading up to the workshop. Alternatively, participants can use found objects such as wooden spoons, dowels to make noise on buckets or trash bins.

About the facilitator: Josh Robinson is a professional percussionist, teaching artist, and drum facilitator. He has been a visiting instructor in the Humanities at Thomas Jefferson University for the past four years and the former Humanities artist-in-residence. For the past 19 years, Josh has used his skills, expertise, and life experience to share drumming and the many gifts it brings with thousands of people each year around the country. 

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas. Learn more about the Asano Certificate program, and register here.

The SCC presents Art as Nonviolence

Friday, January 14, 12-1 p.m., Zoom (link in Canvas, see instructions below)

Presented by the Student Counseling Center (SCC) (*This is not our event! We are just spreading the word!*)

Art therapy is often used as a healing intervention and as a way to foster creativity. With MLK Day approaching, let's join together and engage in an art exercise that will challenge you to consider how to embrace diversity and increase opportunities for peace. Start your community service early by spreading messages of hope, respect and incclusion. You do not need an artistic background to attend. Everyone is welcome. 

Facilitated by Dr. Shawn Blue, Psychologist, SCC

Art supplies to have on hand:

  • Piece of paper, any size, but at least 8.5x11" (optional: canvas or art journal)
  • Colored pencils, markers, paint

To access the registration link, participants must visit the Art as Nonviolence page in the Event Links module of the Jefferson Humanities & Health organization on Canvas. Most Asano students are already users in the Humanities & Health Canvas course. If that is not the case, participants may self-enroll or email Matilda Ostow.

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas. Learn more about the Asano Certificate program, and register here.

Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Grand Rounds presents a Conversation with Judith E. Heumann

Wednesday, January 12, 8-9 a.m., Zoom (register in Canvas, see instructions below)

Presented by the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Grand Rounds (*This is not our event! We are just spreading the word!*)

Educational Objectives

At the conclusion of the activity, the participant will be able to:

  • To learn more about the history of the Disability Rights Movement
  • To emphasize the ways in which the medical community can proactively help people adapt to their own disabilities
  • To appreciate the importance of listening to the patient

To access the registration link, participants must visit the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Grand Rounds page in the Event Links module of the Jefferson Humanities & Health organization on Canvas. Most Asano students are already users in the Humanities & Health Canvas course. If that is not the case, participants may self-enroll or email Matilda Ostow.

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas. Learn more about the Asano Certificate program, and register here.

December

Drop-in Creative Card Making Workshop 

Wednesday, December 15, 4-6 p.m., Hamilton 505

Open to all Jefferson students

Second year medical student Sarah Muche and Humanities Education Coordinator Marcie Mamura are collaborating to offer a Creative Card Making Workshop! Drop on by anytime during the two-hour window for an opportunity to connect before dispersing for winter break and a chance to dedicate creative time to make a card for yourself or someone special. Materials and light snacks provided.

PAFA presents More Than Life Drawing 

Tuesday, December 14, 6-7:30 p.m., Online via Zoom (free registration link for Jefferson students in Canvas, instructions below)

Presented by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (*This is not our event! We are just spreading the word!*)

Behind every work of figurative art there is a model whose own artistic skills were essential in that work's creation. However, despite being visible as the subjects of these works, life models are nearly always overlooked in their role as active agents in the artistic process, and are seen instead as "mercenary drawing instruments." 

More Than Life Drawing will feature 90 minutes of drawing time with live, discussion-style interviews with participating figure models. These sessions will showcase not only the stories of the figure models who inspire us, but will also position the practice of life modeling as active, artistic and activistic.

Bring your charcoal, pencils and paint and join us for a lively night of drawing, learning and fun!

To access the registration link, participants must visit the PAFA: More Than Life Drawing page in the Event Links module of the Jefferson Humanities & Health organization on Canvas. Most Asano students are already users in the Humanities & Health Canvas course. If that is not the case, participants may self-enroll or email Matilda Ostow.

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas. Learn more about the Asano Certificate program, and register here.

Celebrate the Winners of the Yeo Writing Prize

Thursday, December 9, 5:30-7 p.m., Atrium, Jefferson Alumni Hall (Zoom link for those who cannot join in person in Canvas; instructions below)

Open to Jefferson students, faculty, and staff

The Eakins Writers’ Council is proud to invite you to a reading to celebrate the winners of the inaugural Drs. Theresa and Charles Yeo Writing Prize! This event will feature keynote speaker Jim Macmillan, a Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist, educator, and director of the Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting.

 Yeo Writing Prize Winners

  • “June” by David Peters (Resident, Family and Community Medicine) 
  • “The Elevator Crisis” by Ellen Solomon (Medical Student) 
  • “Being a Black Nurse during Two Pandemics: A Test of Faith” by Chanel Hart (Nurse, Family and Community Medicine) 

In addition to the above readings and speaker, we look forward to releasing the latest issue of the literary journal Evanescent. Many of the essays submitted for the prize are included in this issue of Evanescent, and all entries will be included in an actual time capsule to be placed in the foundation of the new Jefferson Specialty Care Pavilion at the corner of 11th and Chestnut, as well as in the Jefferson Archives in Scott Memorial Library. The essays will give a window into what it was like to live through 2020 for decades––if not centuries––to come.

To access the event link, participants must visit the Celebrate the Winners of the Yeo Writing Prize page in the Event Links module of the Jefferson Humanities & Health organization on Canvas. Most Asano students are already users in the Humanities & Health Canvas course. If that is not the case, participants may self-enroll or email Matilda Ostow.

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas. Learn more about the Asano Certificate program, and register here.

Addressing Racial Trauma through Art

Thursday, December 9, 12-1 p.m., Online via Zoom (register here)

Open to all Jefferson students

Art Therapy is often used as a healing intervention and as a way to foster creativity. Attend Addressing Racial Trauma through Art and learn about racial trauma and how it impacts us and participate in an artistic method of expression of your diverse self. Engage in an art exercise that will help you explore your experience of the racial and ethnic violence occurring in our world and in our communities. 

Art supplies to have on hand:

  • A piece of paper, any size, but at least 8.5 x 11 or a canvas or art journal 
  • Colored pencils, markers, paint
  • Optional: Magazine, scissors, glue stick

Facilitated by: Dr. Shawn Blue, Staff Psychologist, Student Counseling Center.

Co-presented by the Student Counseling Center and Jefferson Humanities & Health. 

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas. 

^This workshop counts as credit towards the Anti-Racism in Health Focus, a subset of the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate. Learn more here.

Jefferson Humanities Forum “Origins” presents Antonio Lazcano

Wednesday, December 8, 6-7:30 p.m., Online via Zoom (register here)

Free and open to the public

Where, when and how did life on Earth begin? Join us for a conversation with Antonio Lazcano, PhD, that looks back on his more than 35 years of research into the origin and early evolution of life, and surveys recent developments in the field. Dr. Lazcano will be in conversation with Isidore Rigoutsos, PhD, Richard W. Hevner Professor in Computational Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University. 

Dr. Lazcano is a Mexican biology researcher and professor of the School of Sciences at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico City. He pursued his undergraduate and graduate studies at UNAM, where he focused on the study of prebiotic evolution and the emergence of life. Dr. Lazcano's professional work has taken him internationally—he has been professor-in-residence or visiting scientist in France, Spain, Cuba, Switzerland, Russia, and the United States. He has written several books in Spanish, including the bestseller, The Origin of Life (1984). Dr. Lazcano has also been a member of several advisory and review boards of scientific organizations, such as the NASA Astrobiology Institute. He served as president of the International Society for the Study of the Origin of Life (ISSOL) for two terms, and is the first Latin American scientist to occupy this position. Dr. Lazcano is committed to promoting scientific journalism, teaching, and the study of the origins of life all over the globe.

During 2021-2022, the Jefferson Humanities Forum speaker series will bring a handful of multidisciplinary scholars and thinkers to investigate the theme Origins. Learn more on the Jefferson Humanities Forum page, where you can also explore the contextual resources for this lecture, compiled by Dr. Lazcano.

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas. 

No One Dies Alone (NODA) presents End of Life Care Panel

Tuesday, December 7, 12-1 p.m., Hamilton 628 (RSVP here)

Open to Jefferson students, faculty, and staff

No One Dies Alone (NODA) at Thomas Jefferson University will be hosting Nurse Michelle Lasota and Dr. Kathleen G. Mechler to answer questions regarding end of life care and share their experiences working in palliative and hospice care. Join us for an insightful conversation between two inspiring individuals who are widely recognized for their holistic approach in healthcare. Lunch will be provided!

About NODA

No One Dies Alone (NODA) is an interprofessional volunteering organization. Our mission is to provide compassionate companionship for patients at Jefferson hospitals who would otherwise be alone during their final moments of life. Moreover, our service provides benefits to the nurses, friends, and family members who find comfort in knowing that their patient or loved one is not alone during this time. After nurses have determined a need for our services, volunteers, if available, can sign up in shifts of self-assigned length to be the bedside of the patient. During our time at the bedside, we offer our supportive presence by reading books or poetry, playing music, and/or simply sitting with the patient. Volunteers receive training, and are welcome to our regular seminars covering end-of-life care and related topics. We hold group meetings to discuss experiences and support each other. We welcome anyone in the Jefferson community to join our organization. There are no dues or fees required. Questions? Reach out to noda@students.jefferson.edu.

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas. Learn more about the Asano Certificate program, and register here.

Creative Approaches to Self-Care: Finding Meaning in the Hardships

Monday, December 6, 5-6:30 p.m., Bluemle Life Sciences Building, Room 105 (register here)

Open to Jefferson students

In this in-person arts-based workshop, participants will explore ways to find light in the darkness, become more comfortable with discomfort and seek support. Facilitated by Peggy Tileston, MT-BC and Sondra Rosenberg, ATR-BC.

About the Creative Approaches to Self-Care series

In order to care effectively for others, we must first learn to care for ourselves. This interdisciplinary series, led collaboratively by an arts therapist and music therapist, 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. 

Co-presented with the Student Counseling Center (SCC).

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas. 

Expressive Media Movie Night presents Art Therapy: The Movie 

Wednesday, December 1, 7-9 p.m., Online (register here)

Presented by the Expressive Media Collection Film Library (*This is not our event! We are just spreading the word!*)

Join a virtual screening of Art Therapy: The Movie, a documentary that follows practitioners doing art therapy in different ways and with different communities, all around the globe. After the screening, a panel of special guests, including Jefferson's own Rachel Brandoff, PhD, ATR-BC, ATCS, LCAT, is an assistant professor and coordinator of the Art Therapy Concentration in Community and Trauma Counseling, will discuss the film and their relationships to art therapy.

About the Film

Art Therapy: The Movie is an overview of the field of art therapy through definitions and examples of what art therapy means to different practitioners and patients in a wide variety of settings. The film explores diverse ways of thinking about and doing art therapy. It shows professionals working with various populations in the United States and in other parts of the world. Art therapists and clients discuss their understanding and relationship with art therapy, the art, and the artist. Work with individuals and groups is demonstrated, sharing stories of the creative process in both personal and communal healing. These vivid tales remind us of the power and privilege of our creative voices and their potential to bridge divides, whether naturally occurring or created by human beings.

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas. Learn more about the Asano Certificate program, and register here.

November

Schwartz Center Rounds presents Reflecting on 2021: Inspiring Messages and Moments of Gratefulness 

Wednesday, November 24, 12-1 p.m., Zoom (register in Canvas, see instructions below)

Presented by the Cancer Support and Welcome Center at Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center (*This is not our event! We are just spreading the word!*)

Please join us as we reflect back on 2021 and share inspiring messages, stories and moments of gratefulness for one another! 

Schwartz Center Rounds are humanism in medicine events developed by the Kenneth B. Schwartz Center to support and advance compassion in healthcare. They are named after Ken Schwartz who was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer and came to realize that what matters most during an illness is the human connection between patients and their caregivers, that “the smallest acts of kindness” made “the unbearable bearable.” These Schwartz rounds create a forum and level playing field where providers from diverse disciplines discuss difficult emotional and social issues that arise in caring for patients. In our institution they are held monthly on the fourth Wednesday of the month at noon, formerly in a large conference room but now in a virtual format. 

Co-facilitators: Lisa Capparella, MSS, LCSW, OSW-C and Kathleen Mechler, MD. 

To access the registration link, participants must visit the Schwartz Rounds page in the Event Links module of the Jefferson Humanities & Health organization on Canvas. Most Asano students are already users in the Humanities & Health Canvas course. If that is not the case, participants may self-enroll or email Matilda Ostow.

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas. Learn more about the Asano Certificate program, and register here.

Soundtrack to Your Life with Josh Robinson and JeffHELP CHATT

Thursday, November 18, 12 p.m., Online via Zoom (register here)

We all have a soundtrack that marks the many chapters of our lives. Teaching artist Josh Robinson and members from Jefferson student group JeffHELP CHATT will facilitate a reflection through your musical past, your stories, and the role music has played throughout your life. The workshop uses music as a vehicle to help participants connect to others and reconnect to themselves. Participants will be guided to reflect on the meaning of various songs in their lives and how music has helped them through both positive and negative experiences. 

Co-presented by Jefferson Humanities & Health and JeffHELP CHATT.

JeffHELP CHATT is a program designed by students for students at Thomas Jefferson University to promote mental health awareness and discussion about mental health. CHATT members are trained to serve as peer listeners for Jeff students who would like to talk about current concerns. Additionally, CHATT members work together and with staff to organize campus-wide social events that promote wellness. Learn more here.

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas. Learn more about the Asano Certificate program, and register here.

PAFA presents More Than Life Drawing 

Wednesday, November 17, 6-7:30 p.m., Online via Zoom (free registration link for Jefferson students in Canvas, instructions below)

Presented by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (*This is not our event! We are just spreading the word!*)

Behind every work of figurative art there is a model whose own artistic skills were essential in that work's creation. However, despite being visible as the subjects of these works, life models are nearly always overlooked in their role as active agents in the artistic process, and are seen instead as "mercenary drawing instruments." 

More Than Life Drawing will feature 90 minutes of drawing time with live, discussion-style interviews with participating figure models. These sessions will showcase not only the stories of the figure models who inspire us, but will also position the practice of life modeling as active, artistic and activistic.

Bring your charcoal, pencils and paint and join us for a lively night of drawing, learning and fun!

To access the registration link, participants must visit the PAFA: More Than Life Drawing page in the Event Links module of the Jefferson Humanities & Health organization on Canvas. Most Asano students are already users in the Humanities & Health Canvas course. If that is not the case, participants may self-enroll or email Matilda Ostow.

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas. Learn more about the Asano Certificate program, and register here.

DocNights: Gather Film Screening and Talkback

Tuesday, November 16

Virtual Screening | 5:30-6:45 p.m. | Reserve a free ticket here 
(film also available on Kanopy for Jefferson students, faculty, and staff to watch on their own time here)

Virtual Talkback | 7-8 p.m. | Register here

Free and open to the public

DocNights, the Jefferson Humanities & Health collaboration with Philadelphia Film Society, continues this fall with a new programming focus: environmental justice. Join us for our second film screening and talkback, featuring the documentary Gather.

About the Film

Gather is an intimate portrait of the growing movement amongst Native Americans to reclaim their spiritual, political and cultural identities through food sovereignty, while battling the trauma of centuries of genocide.

Gather follows Nephi Craig, a chef from the White Mountain Apache Nation (Arizona), opening an indigenous café as a nutritional recovery clinic; Elsie Dubray, a young scientist from the Cheyenne River Sioux Nation (South Dakota), conducting landmark studies on bison; and the Ancestral Guard, a group of environmental activists from the Yurok Nation (Northern California), trying to save the Klamath river.

About the Talkback

Following the screening, Twila Cassadore and Nephi Craig, two people featured in the documentary, will join us via Zoom for a film talkback, moderated by Rabiya Bower, MHSc, RD, LDN, Coordinator, MS in Nutrition & Dietetic Practice Program, Teaching Instructor, Jefferson College of Health Professions, Thomas Jefferson University.

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas. Learn more about the Asano Certificate program, and register here.

Creative Approaches to Self-Care: Coping with Stress

Monday, November 15, 5-6 p.m., Online via Zoom (register here)

Open to Jefferson students

In this virtual workshop, participants will be invited to engage in a variety of practices designed to lower stress and anxiety. Facilitated by Peggy Tileston, MT-BC.

About the Creative Approaches to Self-Care series

In order to care effectively for others, we must first learn to care for ourselves. This interdisciplinary series, led collaboratively by an arts therapist and music therapist, 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. 

Co-presented with the Student Counseling Center (SCC).

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas. Learn more about the Asano Certificate program, and register here.

Autopilot Exhibit: Opening Reception

Wednesday, November 10, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Hamilton Building, 4th Floor

Open to Jefferson students, faculty, and staff

Join the opening night for "Autopilot," an exhibition of sculptural and poetic reflections by second year medical student Sarah Muche. The works tell a story from Sarah's time at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Amidst fluctuating mental health, sculpture gave the artist a vehicle to explore her vulnerability. The exhibit will be on display through November 29.

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas. Learn more about the Asano Certificate program, and register here.

Drawing to Decompress

Wednesday, November 10, 5-6 p.m., Online via Zoom (register here)

Open to Jefferson students, faculty, and staff

Explore the ways in which a drawing practice can bring balance to your healthcare studies or career. Artist and cardiologist Nazanin Moghbeli, MD, FACC, uses art to inspire, decompress, and deepen curiosity about the human body and medicine. Join Dr. Moghbeli for a workshop that will build on this wisdom to expand participants’ observational skills, promote self-care, and encourage burnout prevention. All drawing abilities and experiences are welcome! This workshop will discuss basic drawing techniques, composition, subject matter, three-dimensionality, and tips for forming a daily sketchbook practice.

Materials will be available for pick-up prior to the workshop, including: a small sketchbook and portable pocket version, drawing pencils, and eraser.

About the instructor: Nazanin Moghbeli, MD, FACC is an Iranian-American artist and cardiologist, and the director of the Cardiac Care Unit at Einstein Medical Center. Dr. Moghbeli is the current Humanities artist-in-residence. Learn more here.

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas. Learn more about the Asano Certificate program, and register here.

Inis Nua Reading Series: Healing and Hope
Monday, November 8, 7 p.m., The Proscenium Theater at The Drake, 302 S Hicks Street) (register here)
Free and open to the public
Play reading: For Once by Tim Price (Wales)

Teenage Sid and his parents struggle to navigate their new reality when an accident shatters their peaceful lives in a sleepy rural village.

Inis Nua’s 2021-22 Reading Series: Healing and Hope presents three moving and funny plays that shine a light on how we as people find connection, community, and meaning even in the darkest of times.

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas. Learn more about the Asano Certificate program, and register here.

Jefferson Humanities Forum “Origins” presents

Akhil Reed Amar – Three Slices of Jefferson: 1776, 1801, and 1826

Wednesday, November 3, 5-6:30 p.m.

  • In-person at the Kanbar Performance Center, East Falls (Open to Jefferson students, faculty, and staff. Grab-and-go dinner provided; first-come, first-served.)
  • Livestream on Zoom (Open to Jefferson and the public.)
  • Registration required for in-person or livestream at akhil-amar.eventbrite.com.

Akhil Reed Amar, Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University, joins the Jefferson Humanities Forum to explore three critical moments in the life of Thomas Jefferson, based on excerpts from his new book The Words That Made Us: America’s Constitutional Conversation, 1760-1840. Professor Amar teaches constitutional law in both Yale College and Yale Law School. After graduating from Yale College, summa cum laude, in 1980 and from Yale Law School in 1984, and clerking for then Judge (now Justice) Stephen Breyer, Amar joined the Yale faculty in 1985 at the age of 26. He is the author of more than a hundred law review articles and several books, most notably The Bill of Rights (1998, winner of the Yale University Press Governors’ Award), America’s Constitution (2005, winner of the ABA’s Silver Gavel Award), America’s Unwritten Constitution (2012, named one of the year’s 100 best nonfiction books by The Washington Post), and The Constitution Today (2016, named one of the year’s top ten nonfiction books by Time magazine).

Forum Scholar: Evan Laine, JD, MA, Director, Associate Professor, Law & Society Program, College of Humanities & Sciences and Faculty Director, Arlen Specter Center.

New this year, each Forum event will have an accompanying Forum Scholar, a Jefferson faculty member with a relevant focus of academic inquiry, who will generate resources to contextualize and complement the Forum speaker. Explore the contextual resources compiled by Professor Evan Laine on the Jefferson Humanities Forum page.

This event is co-sponsored by Jefferson Humanities & Health and the College of Humanities & Sciences as part of their Dietrich V. Asten Lecture Series.

During 2021-2022, the Jefferson Humanities Forum speaker series will bring a handful of multidisciplinary scholars and thinkers to investigate the theme Origins. Learn more here.

Please note: This in-person event is open to Jefferson students, faculty and staff. The event will also be live-streamed as a Zoom webinar open to all Jefferson students, faculty and staff, and public viewers. When you register through Eventbrite, Jefferson community members can choose an "in-person" or "livestream" ticket, while members of the public can reserve a "livestream" ticket. All registrants will receive the Zoom link for the livestream, regardless of what option you indicate.

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas. Learn more about the Asano Certificate program, and register here.

October

Schwartz Center Rounds: Burn out, Disillusionment and Stress, Oh My!

Wednesday, October 27, 12-1 p.m., Zoom (register in Canvas, see instructions below)

Presented by the Cancer Support and Welcome Center at Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center (*This is not our event! We are just spreading the word!*)

Schwartz Center Rounds are humanism in medicine events developed by the Kenneth B. Schwartz Center to support and advance compassion in healthcare. They are named after Ken Schwartz who was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer and came to realize that what matters most during an illness is the human connection between patients and their caregivers, that “the smallest acts of kindness” made “the unbearable bearable.” These Schwartz rounds create a forum and level playing field where providers from diverse disciplines discuss difficult emotional and social issues that arise in caring for patients. In our institution they are held monthly on the fourth Wednesday of the month at noon, formerly in a large conference room but now in a virtual format. 

Co-facilitators: Lisa Capparella, MSS, LCSW, OSW-C and Kathleen Mechler, MD. 

To access the registration link, participants must visit the Schwartz Rounds page in the Event Links module of the Jefferson Humanities & Health organization on Canvas. Most Asano students are already users in the Humanities & Health Canvas course. If that is not the case, participants may self-enroll or email Matilda Ostow.

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas. Learn more about the Asano Certificate program, and register here.

A Step Forward: Moving from Awareness to Anti-Racism in Healthcare

Tuesday, October 26, 4-5:30 p.m., Connelly Auditorium, Hamilton Building (register here)

Open to all Jefferson students, staff and faculty; light refreshments provided.

Join us for the fifth annual Interprofessional Story Slam!

Over the past year and a half, many of us have become more aware of the manifestations and impact of racism in our society. We have struggled to begin to dismantle and transform the systems that uphold racism, which can feel overwhelming, angering and painful. During the Story Slam, Jefferson faculty, students and alumni will share five-minute stories exploring the theme “A Step Forward: Moving from Awareness to Anti-Racism in Healthcare” and help us consider how we can create change and move forward during a time of growing attention to racism and disparities; stand with each other for social justice and health equity; and ultimately, care for our patients, our communities, our families and ourselves. Following the stories, attendees will be invited to join brief small group discussions and share reflections and goals for the future.

Featured Storytellers

  • Renea Berry, BSN, RN, Nurse Clinical Coordinator, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Family and Community Medicine, Jefferson Family Medicine Associates
  • Iris Burns, MPH, OTD Class of ’22, Jefferson College of Rehabilitation Sciences 
  • Steven Herrine, MD, Professor of Medicine, Vice Dean, Academic Affairs and Undergraduate Medical Education, Sidney Kimmel Medical College
  • Amber E. King, PharmD, BCPS, FNAP, Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice, Jefferson College of Pharmacy 
  • Ana Maria Lopez, MD, MPH, MACP, FRCP, Professor and Vice Chair, Medical Oncology, Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Chief of Cancer Services, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center 
  • Danielle Snyderman, MD, CMD, Associate Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine

Moderated by Nethra Ankam, MD, JeffMD Wellness Thread Director, Associate Professor, Rehabilitation Medicine, Sidney Kimmel Medical College.

Co-presented by Jefferson Humanities & Health, Sidney Kimmel Medical College, and the Jefferson Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education (JCIPE).

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas. Learn more about the Asano Certificate program, and register here.

^This event counts as credit towards the Anti-Racism in Health Focus, a subset of the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate. Learn more here.

Creative Approaches to Self-Care: Connection through Expression

Monday, October 25, 5-6 p.m., Online via Zoom (register here)

In this virtual workshop, we will use writing and art in the service of self-expression and empathic connection. Facilitated by Sondra Rosenberg, ATR-BC

About the Creative Approaches to Self-Care series

In order to care effectively for others, we must first learn to care for ourselves. This interdisciplinary series, led collaboratively by an arts therapist and music therapist, 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. 

Co-presented with the Student Counseling Center (SCC). Pre-registration required. 

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas. Learn more about the Asano Certificate program, and register here.

2nd Annual International Neurodiversity & The Built Environment Symposium - Immersive Experiences: Experience, Art & Health Panel 

Friday, October 22, 12:30-1:45 p.m., Online via Zoom (register here)

Free and open to all

(*This is not our event! We are just spreading the word!*)

Tune in for the Experience, Art & Health panel, part of the 2nd Annual International Neurodiversity & the Built Environment Symposium, featuring the following presentations, and a discussion between all the panel participants: 

  • “Art and Health Interventions – Transferring Mediated Aesthetic Experiences from the Gallery/Museum to Healthcare” - Lyn Godley & Anita Kocsis
  • “Art Therapy for the Neurodiverse” - Rachel Brandoff & Reina Lombardi
  • “The Grey Area Between Autism and Immersive Environments” - Autisarian Network, Lonnie Smith 

About the International Neurodiversity & The Built Environment Symposium: Immersive Experiences

Building upon last year's inaugural Neurodiversity Symposium, this year’s dialogue focuses on immersive experiences, responsive environments, spatial interactions, and experimental evaluative and physiological measuring tools and criteria. It also includes advocacy, spatial and social guidelines, and bottom up and organic initiatves. 

These serial events are intensely cross-disciplinary and aim towards critical interactions addressing all-inclusive ways for inhabiting and perceiving our environments. They aim to stimulate international dialogue amongst designers, artists, medical field experts, tech companies, educational institutions, self-advocates and caregivers. Learn more about the symposium, and its panel schedule, here.

This event is organized by Severino Alfonso and Loukia Tsafoulia as part of the Synesthetic Research and Design Lab, along with Dr. Wendy Ross and Sabra Townsend from the Center for Autism and Neurodiversity, Jefferson Health. 

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas. Learn more about the Asano Certificate program, and register here.

DEI Journal Club: Representation in STEM

Wednesday, October 20, 4-5 p.m., Online via Zoom (register here)

Open to Jefferson students, faculty, and staff

 Join a DEI Journal Club discussion, facilitated by JCLS graduate students, exploring themes surrounding representation in STEM through excerpts from Yaa Gyasi’s newest novel, Transcendent Kingdom. Reading of the provided sample chapter (Chapter 14) is encouraged but not necessary to attend or participate!

Access the audiobook here. Email Matilda.Ostow@jefferson.edu if you would like a PDF of Chapter 14.

About the DEI Journal Club

The DEI Journal Club is a safe and accountable space for the community to come together monthly to engage in active discussion about relevant diversity topics that challenge our current worldviews in order to increase inclusivity, equity, and belonging in the life sciences and our respective communities (classrooms, labs, offices, etc.).

Questions? Or want to get involved? Contact JCLSDEIJournalClub@jefferson.edu.

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas. Learn more about the Asano Certificate program, and register here.

Jefferson Humanities Forum “Origins” presents Yaa Gyasi

Tuesday, October 12, 7-8 p.m., via Zoom (register here)

Open to the public

Yaa Gyasi is the author of Homegoing, one of the most celebrated debuts of 2016. A riveting, kaleidoscopic novel, Homegoing is a story of race, history, ancestry, love, and time that traces the descendants of two sisters torn apart in eighteenth-century Africa across three hundred years in Ghana and America. Her follow-up novel, Transcendent Kingdom, is a raw and intimate novel about a Ghanaian family in Alabama that layers themes of loss, mental illness, and representation in STEM fields––challenging our notions of who or what a scientist is, and how they might look or think. Born in Ghana and raised in Huntsville, Alabama, Gyasi is a graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and lives in Berkeley, California. She is the winner of the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize, the PEN/Hemingway Award for Best First Novel, and was a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Fiction and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize.

Forum Scholar: Marcella McCoy-Deh, PhD, Associate Professor, College of Humanities and Sciences, Director, Philadelphia University Honors Institute at Thomas Jefferson University. 

New this year, each Forum event will have an accompanying Forum Scholar, a Jefferson faculty member with a relevant focus of academic inquiry, who will generate resources to contextualize and complement the Forum speaker. Explore the contextual resources compiled by Dr. McCoy-Deh on the Jefferson Humanities Forum page.

Co-presented with the Philadelphia University Honors Institute at Thomas Jefferson University.

During 2021-2022, the Jefferson Humanities Forum speaker series will bring a handful of multidisciplinary scholars and thinkers to investigate the theme Origins. Learn more here.

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas. Learn more about the Asano Certificate program, and register here.

Well, What Were You Wearing? Panel Discussion

Wednesday, October 6, 6 p.m., Online via Zoom (register here)

Open to the public

Join us for a panel discussion exploring the Well, What Were You Wearing? exhibit, victim-blaming, and supporting survivors of sexual assault. 

The panel will be joined by:

  • Kat Cambareri, MPH, Jefferson College of Population Health, Class of 2019 
  • Steve DiDonato, PhD, Associate Professor, Jefferson College of Nursing, Co-director, Jefferson Trauma Education Network
  • Monique Howard, EdD, MPH, Senior Director of Women’s Health Initiatives, Center for Global Women’s Health, School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania
  • Susan Sorenson, PhD, Director, Ortner Center on Violence & Abuse 
  • Katie Vodzak, JD, Title IX Coordinator, Thomas Jefferson University 

Moderated by Rosie Frasso, PhD, Director, Master of Public Health Program, Jefferson College of Population Health, Thomas Jefferson University. 

About the Exhibit

Jefferson Humanities & Health is partnering with Jefferson College of Population Health to present Well, What Were You Wearing? This exhibition of photos by MPH graduate Kat Cambareri explores victim-blaming and sexual assault. Cambareri’s ongoing project has been featured in Time Magazine and HuffPost. The exhibit is on display for Jefferson students, faculty, and staff in Eakins Lounge: Monday, October 4 & Tuesday, October 5, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and Wednesday, October 6 & Thursday, October 7, 12-4 p.m. Attendees will be invited to share anonymous reflections on the work. 

About the Panelists

Kat Cambareri, MPH, is a JCPH graduate living and working in Philadelphia. She currently works as a clinical research coordinator and is enjoying working on clinical trials in the pediatric population. Outside of work, she spends time with friends and family, and loves cooking, creating art, hiking, and exploring Philly.

Stephen DiDonato, Phd, is an Associate Professor in the Jefferson College of Nursing and the co-Director of the Jefferson Trauma Education Network (J-TEN) at Thomas Jefferson University. He holds his Master’s Degree in Counseling from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and his PhD in International Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Dr. DiDonato has extensive experience in training and consulting with behavioral health and medical departments to enhance the health and vibrancy of the workforce. Dr. DiDonato’s clinical expertise working with children, families, and communities who have been exposed to potentially traumatic events, with a primary focus on child sexual abuse victims. Dr. DiDonato’s research is primarily focused on how providers and students adherence to myths, implicit stereotypes, and restricted stereotypes influence engagement with clients/patients and families. Dr. DiDonato also focuses his scholarly inquiry on program evaluation (higher education and training models).

Monique Howard, EdD, MPH, is the Senior Director of Women’s Health Initiatives at Penn Nursing’s Center for Global Women’s Health (CGWH). Dr. Howard has been a public health practitioner with a focus on women’s health for over 25 years. She has led a statewide female specific AIDS service organization in New Jersey, a maternal and child health organization in Chester County, Pennsylvania, the New Jersey Department of Women’s Health, and most recently, WOAR, Philadelphia’s only rape crisis center (formerly known as Women Organized Against Rape). Dr. Howard is a thought leader on issues that impact women and communities. Throughout her career, Dr. Howard has advocated for consumers and service providers and promoted systems to increase access and quality of care for women. She is committed to providing programming and services that increase the health and well-being of women and their families.

Susan B. Sorenson, PhD, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, has devoted her career to the topic of violence against women. She was part of the research team that first documented that the person most likely to sexually assault a woman is a man she knows, often one she cares about. Sorenson, with over 150 publications to her credit, taught the first violence prevention course in a school of public health in the nation. Her most recent work, After Campus Sexual Assault: A Guide for Parents (Rowman & Littlefield, 2021), is a book for students as they are deciding whether and what to tell a parent about having been assaulted, parents who have received the news, helpers (therapists, campus staff members, etc.), and parents who are all-in on preparing themselves for their daughter going off to college.

Katie Colgan Vodzak, JD, is the Title IX Coordinator for Thomas Jefferson University. Her focus across Jefferson is educating our community about sex and gender-based misconduct, providing information, resources, and options to those affected, and coordinating institutional response to these types of incidents to address the concerns and prevent their recurrence. Prior to joining Jefferson, Ms. Vodzak served in a similar role as Director of Equal Opportunity and Title IX Compliance at Drexel University and previously spent a number of years investigating and prosecuting sexual assaults, intimate partner violence, child abuse, and human trafficking. Ms. Vodzak more recently served as a co-chair of the PA Office of Attorney General’s working group on Campus Sexual Assault and has trained numerous Title IX investigators in the region on conducting trauma-informed investigations.

Moderator

Rosemary (Rosie) Frasso, PhD, is the director of the Master of Public Health program, and a professor in Jefferson's College of Population Health. Her expertise in qualitative methods focuses on traditional and alternative data sources and data collection approaches, including, but not limited to, arts informed research, walking interviews, photo-elicitation, and consensus-deriving group approaches. Her recent work focuses on the intersection of art and research as a tool for advocacy and education. 

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas. Learn more about the Asano Certificate program, and register here.

Anti-Racism in Health Focus Discussion - Medical Bondage: Race, Gender and the Origins of American Gynecology

Wednesday, October 6, 12-1 p.m., Zoom (Registration in Canvas, instructions below)

Open to all Jefferson students, faculty, and staff

Join a conversation with Deirdre Cooper Owens, PhD, the Charles & Linda Wilson Professor in the History of Medicine and Director of the Humanities in Medicine Program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Director of the Program in African American History at The Library Company of Philadelphia. Professor Cooper Owens is the author of Medical Bondage: Race, Gender and the Origins of American Gynecology (University of Georgia Press, 2018). In her book, she investigates the relationship between chattel slavery and modern gynecology in the U.S., retelling the stories of Black enslaved women and Irish immigrant women whose lives were shaped by exploitative medical research. Professor Cooper Owens highlights the role of structural racism in the achievements of pioneering American doctors including James Marion Sims, who received a medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in 1835. 

Materials

Discussion group participants are asked to watch Prof. Cooper Owens’ recorded lecture in advance (Total length: 1 hr to view recorded lecture; begin at approx. 8 min, after introductions, and end at 1 hr 07 min).

  • Watch: Deirdre Cooper Owens, PhD, on "Medical Bondage: Race, Gender and the Origins of American Gynecology" at UC Berkeley on Feb. 21, 2020. Watch here
  • Optional Reading: Read Chapter 1 of Medical Bondage, available on Canvas. To access the reading, visit the Anti-Racism and Racial Justice Resources page in the DEI Resources Module in the Jefferson Humanities Health Canvas page. Instructions to access Canvas below.

To access the registration link, participants must visit the Anti-Racism in Health Focus Discussion: Medical Bondage page in the Event Links module of the Jefferson Humanities & Health organization on Canvas. Most Asano students are already users in the Humanities & Health Canvas course. If that is not the case, participants may self-enroll or email Matilda Ostow.

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas. Learn more about the Asano Certificate program, and register here.

^This workshop counts as credit towards the Anti-Racism in Health Focus, a subset of the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate. Learn more here.

Let’s Talk: Defeating Unconscious Bias

Tuesday, October 5, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Zoom (Registration in Canvas, instructions below)

Open to all Jefferson students, faculty, and staff

Presented by Diversity, Inclusion & Community Engagement at Jefferson (*This is not our event! We are just spreading the word!*)

Filmmaker Joel Leso and researcher Connie Watson, PhD will help attendees explore the impact our biases have and teach the skills needed to disrupt them so that we can be more inclusive.

Objectives:

  1. Understand what unconscious bias is.
  2. Explore the impact our biases have on own lives and the people around us - even if they’re outside our conscious awareness.
  3. Learn skills to disrupt our biases so that we can be more inclusive.

“Let’s Talk” is a Diversity & Inclusion workshop series that opens the opportunity for conversation on any D&I topic. Each workshop is designed to address the educational and awareness needs of the Jefferson Enterprise in regards to topics like, unconscious bias, systemic racism, race in America, LGBTQ competence, gender bias, health equity and much more.

To access the registration link, participants must visit the Let's Talk page in the Event Links module of the Jefferson Humanities & Health organization on Canvas. Most Asano students are already users in the Humanities & Health Canvas course. If that is not the case, participants may self-enroll or email Matilda Ostow.

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas. Learn more about the Asano Certificate program, and register here.

Well, What Were You Wearing? Photography Exhibit

Eakins Lounge, Jefferson Alumni Hall

Monday, October 4 and Tuesday, October 5 | 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Wednesday, October 6 and Thursday, October 7 | 12 – 4 p.m. 

Open to Jefferson students, faculty, and staff

Jefferson Humanities & Health is partnering with Jefferson College of Population Health to present “Well, What Were You Wearing?”, an exhibition of photos by MPH graduate Kat Cambareri exploring victim-blaming and sexual assault. Cambareri’s ongoing project has been featured in Time Magazine and HuffPost. Attendees will be invited to share anonymous reflections on the work.

Panel Discussion

On Wednesday, October 6, 6 p.m., join a virtual panel discussion exploring the Well, What Were You Wearing? exhibit and the themes it raises with the artist, experts in the field, and researchers. The panel discussion is free and open to the public; register here.

Health Humanities Reading Group: Henrietta Lacks

Monday, October 4, 12-1 p.m., Zoom (Registration in Canvas, instructions below)

Open to all Jefferson students, faculty, and staff

Reading/Listening:

This week, the Health Humanities Reading Group explores the life and legacy of Henrietta Lacks, whose cervical cells, taken and used without her knowledge, have played a role in modernity as we know it: from vaccines to medicine to space travel. Lacks’ story is unique but also representative of the pervasive mistreatment of Black people by institutions of medicine, science, education, and healthcare.

Special guest discussant: Ana Mari­a Lopez, MD, MPH, MACP, Professor and Vice Chair, Medical Oncology, Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Chief of Cancer Services, Jefferson Health New Jersey, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center.

To access the registration link, participants must visit the Health Humanities Reading Group page in the Event Links module of the Jefferson Humanities & Health organization on Canvas. Most Asano students are already users in the Humanities & Health Canvas course. If that is not the case, participants may self-enroll or email Matilda Ostow.

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas. Learn more about the Asano Certificate program, and register here.

^This workshop counts as credit towards the Anti-Racism in Health Focus, a subset of the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate. Learn more here.

Fairmount Water Works Tour: Student Ticket Giveaway

*PLEASE NOTE: This has been postponed due to damage from Hurricane Ida. Please stay tuned for a rescheduled date*

Join a guided tour of Fairmount Water Works, former water-pumping station for the City of Philadelphia, and presently a hub of innovative water and watershed education programming in the region. The tour will provide an overview of the history of water systems, water treatment, and Philadelphia’s water and sewer systems. The experience will also highlight themes from the current exhibition on display at FWW: Pool: A Social History of Segregation (POOL), a multi-disciplinary museum exhibition exploring the history and contemporary implications of segregated swimming in America. POOL will investigate the role of public pools in the United States with the goal of deepening understanding of the connection between water, social justice and public health.

Please note: Tickets are for Jefferson students only: supplies limited; first come, first served. 

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas. Learn more about the Asano Certificate program, and register here.

Medicine+Music presents the Anatomy of Sound Production

Friday, October 1, 5-6 p.m., Online via Zoom (Event link in Canvas, instructions below)

Open to Jefferson students 

Presented by Medicine+Music (*This is not our event! We are just spreading the word!*)

Medicine+Music is delighted to invite all wind players, singers, as well as anyone interested in learning to maximize the effectiveness of their speech, to a workshop on the anatomy of sound production. The workshop will be given by Mr. Keith Underwood, master flutist and educator. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Dr. Susan Rosenthal, at Susan.Rosenthal@jefferson.edu.

About the facilitator

Keith Underwood has been an active and acclaimed flutist in New York musical life for three decades. He has appeared extensively with the New York Chamber Symphony, the Orpheus Ensemble, the Orchestra of St. Luke's and the New York Philharmonic. Renowned as one of the most sought after flute teachers in the world, Professor Underwood's former students play with America's major orchestras, including the Cleveland Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony, and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Professor Underwood is frequently asked to give master classes throughout the United States including Julliard, Manhattan School of Music, and Eastman.

To access the event link, participants must visit the Medicine+Music page in the Event Links module of the Jefferson Humanities & Health organization on Canvas. Most Asano students are already users in the Jefferson Humanities & Health Canvas course. If that is not the case, participants may self-enroll or email Matilda Ostow.

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas. Learn more about the Asano Certificate program, and register here.

September

Drum It Out with Josh Robinson

Wednesday, September 29, 5-6 p.m., Online via Zoom (register here)

Open to Jefferson students, faculty, and staff.

Percussionist and Humanities visiting instructor Josh Robinson invites you to "Drum It Out!" This interactive workshop uses drumming as a coping tool, a vehicle for healthy expression and emotional release, and a fun way to connect with others in an authentic and engaging way. A pair of drumsticks will be available for pick-up leading up to the workshop. Alternatively, participants can use found objects such as wooden spoons, dowels to make noise on buckets or trash bins.

About the facilitator: Josh Robinson is a professional percussionist, teaching artist, and drum facilitator. He has been a visiting instructor in the Humanities at Thomas Jefferson University for the past four years and the former Humanities artist-in-residence. For the past 19 years, Josh has used his skills, expertise, and life experience to share drumming and the many gifts it brings with thousands of people each year around the country. 

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas. Learn more about the Asano Certificate program, and register here.

Penn Live Arts presents Ten Thousand Birds at the Morris Arboretum: Student Ticket Giveaway 

Saturday, September 25, 1 p.m., Morris Arboretum (register here)

The “unusually versatile, reliably exhilarating new-music ensemble” (The New York Times) Alarm Will Sound makes its Penn Live Arts debut, returning to our city after a 12-year hiatus with the local premiere of Ten Thousand Birds by Pulitzer Prize and Grammy® Award-winning composer John Luther Adams. This experiential, open-ended collection of pieces is based on native birdsong, encompassing a range of colors and instrumentation and newly informed by actual migration patterns tracked at the Morris Arboretum. The audience roves freely around the space and the performers, experiencing the music from many perspectives as human creativity and natural phenomena blur. Learn more here.

Please note: Tickets are for Jefferson students only: supplies limited; first come, first served. Students will be responsible for their own travel to the Morris Arboretum.

Drawing to Decompress

Wednesday, September 22, 5-6 p.m., Online via Zoom (register here)

Open to Jefferson students, faculty, and staff

Explore the ways in which a drawing practice can bring balance to your healthcare studies or career. Artist and cardiologist Nazanin Moghbeli, MD, FACC, uses art to inspire, decompress, and deepen curiosity about the human body and medicine. Join Dr. Moghbeli for a workshop that will build on this wisdom to expand participants’ observational skills, promote self-care, and encourage burnout prevention. All drawing abilities and experiences are welcome! This workshop will discuss basic drawing techniques, composition, subject matter, three-dimensionality, and tips for forming a daily sketchbook practice.

Materials will be available for pick-up prior to the workshop, including: a small sketchbook and portable pocket version, drawing pencils, eraser, and two printed images. This workshop is open to all Jefferson faculty, staff, and students.

About the instructor: Nazanin Moghbeli, MD, FACC is an Iranian-American artist and cardiologist, and the director of the Cardiac Care Unit at Einstein Medical Center. Dr. Moghbeli is the current Humanities artist-in-residence. Learn more here.

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas. Learn more about the Asano Certificate program, and register here.

Schwartz Center Rounds: Journeying through Hope and Ambivalence

Wednesday, September 22, 12-1 p.m., Zoom (register in Canvas, see instructions below)

Presented by the Cancer Support and Welcome Center at Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center (*This is not our event! We are just spreading the word!*)

Join us to discuss the importance of both hope and ambivalence as it impacts spirituality and connection in medicine. Panelists to include: Dr. Andrew Newberg, Sister Cathe Shoulberg and more!

Schwartz Center Rounds are humanism in medicine events developed by the Kenneth B. Schwartz Center to support and advance compassion in healthcare. They are named after Ken Schwartz who was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer and came to realize that what matters most during an illness is the human connection between patients and their caregivers, that “the smallest acts of kindness” made “the unbearable bearable.” These Schwartz rounds create a forum and level playing field where providers from diverse disciplines discuss difficult emotional and social issues that arise in caring for patients. In our institution they are held monthly on the fourth Wednesday of the month at noon, formerly in a large conference room but now in a virtual format. 

Co-facilitators: Lisa Capparella, MSS, LCSW, OSW-C and Kathleen Mechler, MD. 

To access the registration link, participants must visit the Schwartz Rounds page in the Event Links module of the Jefferson Humanities & Health organization on Canvas. Most Asano students are already users in the Humanities & Health Canvas course. If that is not the case, participants may self-enroll or email Matilda Ostow.

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas. Learn more about the Asano Certificate program, and register here.

Creative Approaches to Self-Care: Nature-Based Grounding

Monday, September 20, 5-6:30 p.m., Lubert Plaza (register here)

In this outdoor, nature-based workshop, participants will use art, movement and mindfulness practices to anchor in purpose and meaning, set intentions for the upcoming year, connect with themselves, each other and the natural world. Facilitated by Peggy Tileston and Sondra Rosenberg.

About the Creative Approaches to Self-Care series

In order to care effectively for others, we must first learn to care for ourselves. This interdisciplinary series, led collaboratively by an arts therapist and music therapist, 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. 

Co-presented with the Student Counseling Center (SCC). Pre-registration required. 

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas. Learn more about the Asano Certificate program, and register here.

WHYY presents In Du Bois’ Footsteps: The Health of our Cities Then and Now

Wednesday, September 15, 6-7 p.m., Online via Zoom (register here)

Free and open to the public

Presented by WHYY and the Pulse (*This is not our event! We are just spreading the word!*)

In 1899, W. E. B. DuBois published his groundbreaking book, The Philadelphia Negro, the first sociological study of an African American community in the United States. The study would go on to shape the field of social science for decades to come. More than 100 years after its publication, racial health disparities persist, and Philadelphia is the “poorest” of the largest U.S. cities, with almost a quarter of residents living in poverty.

A growing body of research shows that social factors like housing, education and income shape the health of people in countless ways, but how has our understanding of the health of our cities changed over the last century? Join WHYY & The Pulse for a conversation about the legacy of The Philadelphia Negro and the path towards more equitable cities.

Panelists:

  • Elijah Anderson, Sterling Professor of Sociology & African American Studies - Yale University
  • Tawandaa Austin, Community Health Worker - Penn Medicine
  • Sharrelle Barber, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology & Biostatistics - Drexel University's Dornsife School of Public Health & Inaugural Director of the Ubuntu Center on Racism, Global Movements and Population Health Equity
  • Tayyib Smith, Co-founder - Little Giant Creative: 7th Ward Tribute

Hosted by: Sojourner Ahébée, Commonwealth Fund Health Equity Fellow - The Pulse

Introduction by: Tukufu Zuberi, Professor of Sociology - University of Pennsylvania

Support for this event, and for WHYY's coverage on health equity issues comes from the Commonwealth Fund.

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas. Learn more about the Asano Certificate program, and register here.

PAFA presents Art at Noon: Anna Russell Jones

Thursday, September 9, 12-1 p.m., Online via Zoom (register here)

Free and open to the public

Presented by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (*This is not our event! We are just spreading the word!*)

For this special Art at Noon get an inside look at the African American Museum in Philadelphia's exhibition Anna Russell Jones: The Art of Design with curator Huewayne Watson. This lecture will focus on Anna Russell Jones within the wider visual domain in the twentieth century whereby dispossessed African-descended people in the U.S. created visual cultures—invoking real and imagined lineages and ancestries—through life-long study and work in the arts.

With special guest Dr. Anna O Marley, this lecture will tie into the exhibition Women in Motion: 150 Years of Women's Artistic Networks at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

Anna Russell Jones (1902-1995), was the first African American graduate of the Philadelphia School of Design for Women, now Moore College of Art and Design, and an alumna of the anatomy department of Howard Medical School, now Howard University College of Medicine. She was known to contemporaries as a talented artist, working in wallpaper and carpet design, as a civil service illustrator, and freelance artist.

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas. Learn more about the Asano Certificate program, and register here.

DocNights: Mossville Film Screening and Talkback

Tuesday, September 7, 7-9:30 p.m., BLSB101 (register here)


Open to Jefferson students, faculty, and staff (and PFS members with proof of vaccination)

DocNights, the Jefferson Humanities & Health collaboration with Philadelphia Film Society, reboots this fall with a new programming focus: environmental justice. Join us for our first event of the year, a screening and talkback about the film Mossville: When Great Trees Fall.

About the film

Mossville, Louisiana: A once-thriving community founded by formerly enslaved and free people of color, and an economically flourishing safe haven for generations of African American families. Today it’s a breeding ground for petrochemical plants and their toxic black clouds. Many residents are forced from their homes, and those that stay suffer from prolonged exposure to contamination and pollution. Amid this chaos and injustice stands one man who refuses to abandon his family’s land - and his community.

About the talkback

Following the screening, special guests Alexander Glustrom, Director/Editor of Mossville, and Daniel Bennett, Producer of Mossville, will join us via Zoom for a film talkback, moderated by Denine Crittendon, MPH, PhD(c), Instructor, Master of Public Health Program, Jefferson College of Population Health, Thomas Jefferson University.

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas. Learn more about the Asano Certificate program, and register here.

August

Anti-Racism in Health Focus: Discussing Race and Medicine 

Thursday, August 26, 12-1 p.m., Hamilton Building (register here)

Open to all Jefferson students, faculty, and staff

Continue the conversation about race and medicine following Professor Dorothy Roberts’ Berkowitz Humanism in Medicine lecture. Join a small-group discussion, facilitated by a Jefferson faculty member, to debrief with classmates about ways to integrate the history of race and medicine into both the present moment, and your future professional practice.

Jefferson faculty facilitators:

  • Denine Crittendon, MPH, PhD(c), Instructor, Master of Public Health Program, Jefferson College of Population Health.
  • Dimitri Papanagnou, MD, Associate Dean, Faculty Development, Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Sidney Kimmel Medical College.

Please note: These discussions will take place in-person, in the Hamilton Building on Jefferson's Center City campus. Participants will be randomly assigned to a small group and notified of the room number leading up to the event; lunch provided.

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas. Learn more about the Asano Certificate program, and register here.

^This workshop counts as credit towards the Anti-Racism in Health Focus, a subset of the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate. Learn more here.

Berkowitz Humanism in Medicine Lecture presents Dorothy Roberts 

Wednesday, August 25, 4-5:30 p.m., Zoom (link in Canvas, instructions below)

The 2021 Berkowitz Humanism in Medicine Lecture presents Dorothy Roberts – Race and Medicine: Toward More Ethical Care. 

Dorothy Roberts, JD, internationally acclaimed scholar, activist, and social critic, is the 14th Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor, the George A. Weiss University Professor of Law & Sociology, and the Raymond Pace & Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights at University of Pennsylvania. Professor Dorothy Roberts has written and lectured extensively on the interplay of gender, race, and class in legal issues concerning reproduction, bioethics, and child welfare. Her latest book, Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-First Century, documents the rise of a new racial politics that relies on re-inventing the political system of race as a biological category written in our genes and obscures deepening racial inequities in a supposedly post-racial society.

Sidney Kimmel Medical College is grateful to Mr. Ed Berkowitz and his family for the generous donation that has established the Berkowitz Humanism in Medicine Lectureship. The Berkowitz Humanism in Medicine Lectureship will help engage Jefferson’s students and physicians on various areas in medical humanism, including topics that will enhance their compassion toward patients, improve their communication skills with patients, and allow for a better understanding about how to practice medicine with a patient-centered vision of delivering improved humanistic medical care.

To access the registration link, participants may self-enroll in the Jefferson Humanities & Health organization on Canvas, or email Matilda Ostow, and visit the Event Links module. 

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas. Learn more about the Asano Certificate program, and register here.

Music as Care

Wednesday, August 18, 5:30-7 p.m., Zoom (register here)

Open to all Jefferson and Penn students, staff, faculty and the public. 

Join us to celebrate the publication of Music as Care: Artistry in the Hospital Environment with author Sarah Adams Hoover, DMA, Associate Dean for Innovation, Interdisciplinary Partnerships and Community Initiatives, Peabody Institute, Johns Hopkins University. Music as Care provides an overview of professional musicians working within the healthcare system and explores programs that bring music into the environment of the hospital. A new resource in the field of Arts in Health, Music as Care considers what happens when musicians interact with the clinical environment as artists, and how musical careers and artistic practices can develop through work in a hospital setting. This event will also focus on the role of music and improvisation in health professions education and how the incorporation of music can promote professional development for healthcare providers, as well as patient-centered care. 

Professor Hoover will be joined in conversation by Philadelphia-area practitioners including Josh Robinson, percussionist and 2019-2021 Jefferson Humanities & Health Artist-in-Residence, and Mary Javian, Chair of Career Studies, Curtis Institute of Music. Moderated by Amanda Finegold Swain, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Pennsylvania, and Megan Voeller, Director of Humanities, Office of Student Life & Engagement and Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University. 

Following a presentation and panel discussion of concepts from Music as Care, attendees will be invited to join breakout groups led by the panelists for demonstrations and/or further discussion of ways to integrate music into clinical and educational settings in healthcare.

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas. Learn more about the Asano Certificate program, and register here.

Anna Russell Jones: The Art of Design at AAMP – Student Ticket giveaway

Reserve a free ticket by Friday, August 13 at anna-russell-jones-tix.eventbrite.com

Tickets are for Jefferson students only, supplies are limited; first come, first served. Students will be contacted about how to redeem their tickets at the museum during visiting hours.

Anna Russell Jones: The Art of Design is on display at the African American Museum in Philadelphia until September 12, and Jefferson Humanities & Health has some tickets to offer to Jefferson students to use on your own time!

About the Exhibit

Anna Russell Jones: The Art of Design highlights the diverse treasures of AAMP’s permanent collection. Anna Russell Jones (1902-1995), was the first African American graduate of the Philadelphia School of Design for Women, now Moore College of Art and Design, and an alumna of the anatomy department of Howard Medical School, now Howard University College of Medicine. She was known to contemporaries as a talented artist, working in wallpaper and carpet design, as a civil service illustrator, and freelance artist.

The exhibition surveys original art and design by Jones, displaying the intricacies of the artist’s practice and highlighting significant archival materials from this rare collection; illustrating her interest in and the importance of African American history and civil rights, commitment to public service, and fascination with medical practice.

Designing Motherhood at the Mütter Museum – Student Ticket Giveaway
Reserve a free ticket by Sunday, August 8 at designing-motherhood-tix.eventbrite.com
Tickets are for Jefferson students only; supplies are limited, first come first served. Students will be contacted about how to pick up their ticket on Jefferson's Center City campus the second week of August. 

Designing Motherhood—exhibition, book, and series of public programs—is a first-of-its-kind consideration of the arc of human reproduction through the lens of design. The Designing Motherhood exhibit is currently on display at the Mütter Museum and Jefferson Humanities & Health has some tickets to offer to Jefferson students to to use on your own time!

About the Exhibit
Design impacts each step in the arc of human reproduction, from the intrauterine device that prevents the process of fertilizing an egg, to the midwife who advocates for culturally appropriate care or the breast pump flange that helps produce, gather, and store breast milk.

But who shapes these designs? Some of the objects and systems you’ll encounter in this exhibition are the product of medical knowledge that was once guarded, like the forceps, while others have been shaped by dire need and collective political will, like the at-home abortion kit and women’s health zines. Still others have been conceived by feminist engineers frustrated at the lack of innovation in designs for reproductive health, such as the twenty-first-century silicone pessary.

While being born is a universal human experience, the designs that shape it are not. Many remain taboo, rarely considered, and inaccessible to many. Designing Motherhood invites you to consider why and how we have developed designs to facilitate reproductive health, and to ponder the political, economic, and social implications of how we medicalize reproduction. These are not just women’s issues. They are human issues. They matter to us all.

July

Schwartz Center Rounds: Switching Roles During a Pandemic

Wednesday, July 28, 12-1 p.m., Zoom (register in Canvas, see instructions below)

The pandemic has brought about numerous changes for all staff.  Join us for this Schwartz Center Rounds as our panelists discuss how their roles has changed over the last year and how they’ve navigated these changes amidst a pandemic.

Schwartz Center Rounds are humanism in medicine events developed by the Kenneth B. Schwartz Center to support and advance compassion in healthcare. They are named after Ken Schwartz who was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer and came to realize that what matters most during an illness is the human connection between patients and their caregivers, that “the smallest acts of kindness” made “the unbearable bearable.” These Schwartz Rounds create a forum and level playing field where providers from diverse disciplines discuss difficult emotional and social issues that arise in caring for patients. In our institution they are held monthly on the fourth Wednesday of the month at noon, formerly in a large conference room but now in a virtual format.

Presented by the Cancer Support and Welcome Center at Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center; Co-facilitators: Lisa Capparella, MSS, LCSW, OSW-C and Kathleen Mechler, MD.

To access the registration link, participants may self-enroll in the Jefferson Humanities & Health organization on Canvas, or email Matilda Ostow, and visit the Schwartz Rounds page in the Event Links module. 

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas. Learn more about the Asano Certificate program, and register here.

June

The Human Side of Healthcare with Dr. Don Friedman

Session 5: Medicine as Soul Work

Tuesday, June 29, 5:30-6:30 p.m
., Online via Zoom (registration link in Canvas, instructions to access below)

In patient care, it is so easy to focus on the breadth of medical knowledge and the technology available today that we can easily ignore the human side of what we do as physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals when we interact with our patients. To examine this aspect of clinical care, these sessions will explore the humanity behind the practice of medicine from the patient perspective and from the healthcare professional perspective as well. The five sessions will focus on either different aspects of patient and practitioner interactions or the concept of self-care as a practice that can sustain us in our work and help find meaning in what we do.

There is no required reading and no commitment to all 5 sessions, but hopefully everyone interested will attend as many sessions as possible to gain a general perspective on this topic. Each hour-long session will involve a 20-minute presentation followed by 40 minutes of discussion and questions. References for further exploration will be offered. Open to medical and nursing students and students in other allied health departments at Thomas Jefferson University.

Session Overview

  • Tuesday, June 29 – Medicine as Soul Work

    How can medicine be soulful? How can what we do as healthcare professionals help us find meaning in our lives?

To access the session registration link, participants may self-enroll in the Jefferson Humanities & Health organization on Canvas and visit the Event Links module, or email Matilda Ostow at Matilda.Ostow@jefferson.edu.

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas. Learn more about the Asano Certificate program, and register, here.

Thomas Eakins and the World's Fairs

Thursday, June 24, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Zoom (access the registration link in Canvas, instructions below)


Free and open to Jefferson students 

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts presents:

Thomas Eakins’ two medical masterpieces, The Gross Clinic and The Agnew Clinic were both displayed at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. This three-part lecture series with Dr. Paul Sivitiz examines Eakins’ use of a long-standing genre which he “modernized” (and the reason why The Gross Clinic was so off-putting to viewers at the 1876 World’s Fair). We will also explore if Eakins’ participation (essentially virtual, of course) in the Chicago World’s Fair contributed to the racial inequality promoted by the fair’s organizers.

Week 3: Eakins and the World’s Fairs (Thursday, June 24)

World’s Fairs in America during the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries could best be described as “edutainment.” Fair organizers overtly promoted racial inequality, and the Eakins Clinic paintings helped undergird this strategy.

To access the event registration link, participants may self-enroll in the Jefferson Humanities & Health organization on Canvas and visit the Event Links module, or email Matilda Ostow at Matilda.Ostow@jefferson.edu. Registering for one of the sessions registers you for all three.

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas.  Learn more about the Asano Certificate program, and register here.

Schwartz Center Rounds: Providing Compassionate Care in Difficult Patient Encounters

Wednesday, June 23, 12-1 p.m., Zoom (register in Canvas, see instructions below)

Challenging patient encounters are unavoidable, and it is our calling as providers in a medical setting to nurture our relationships with our patients so that both parties are able to minimize frustration, engage in a patient-centered approach, and ultimately engage in successful therapeutic interventions. Join us for this Schwartz Center Rounds as our panelist share stories related to dealing with difficult encounters.

Schwartz Center Rounds are humanism in medicine events developed by the Kenneth B. Schwartz Center to support and advance compassion in healthcare. They are named after Ken Schwartz who was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer and came to realize that what matters most during an illness is the human connection between patients and their caregivers, that “the smallest acts of kindness” made “the unbearable bearable.” These Schwartz Rounds create a forum and level playing field where providers from diverse disciplines discuss difficult emotional and social issues that arise in caring for patients. In our institution they are held monthly on the fourth Wednesday of the month at noon, formerly in a large conference room but now in a virtual format.

Presented by the Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine; Co-facilitators: Lisa Capparella, MSS, LCSW, OSW-C and Kathleen Mechler, MD.

To access the registration link, participants may self-enroll in the Jefferson Humanities & Health organization on Canvas, or email Matilda Ostow, and visit the Schwartz Rounds page in the Event Links module. 

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas. Learn more about the Asano Certificate program, and register here.

The Human Side of Healthcare with Dr. Don Friedman

Session 4: Perfectionism, Shame, and the Inner Critic

Tuesday, June 22, 5:30-6:30 p.m
., Online via Zoom (registration link in Canvas, instructions to access below)

In patient care, it is so easy to focus on the breadth of medical knowledge and the technology available today that we can easily ignore the human side of what we do as physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals when we interact with our patients. To examine this aspect of clinical care, these sessions will explore the humanity behind the practice of medicine from the patient perspective and from the healthcare professional perspective as well. The five sessions will focus on either different aspects of patient and practitioner interactions or the concept of self-care as a practice that can sustain us in our work and help find meaning in what we do.

There is no required reading and no commitment to all 5 sessions, but hopefully everyone interested will attend as many sessions as possible to gain a general perspective on this topic. Each hour-long session will involve a 20-minute presentation followed by 40 minutes of discussion and questions. References for further exploration will be offered. Open to medical and nursing students and students in other allied health departments at Thomas Jefferson University.

Session Overview

  • Tuesday, June 22  – Perfectionism, Shame, and the Inner Critic

    How do these factors, so rampant in healthcare, block us from our authentic selves, healthy achievement, and sustained growth? What are some antidotes to their negative effects?
  • Tuesday, June 29 – Medicine as Soul Work

    How can medicine be soulful? How can what we do as healthcare professionals help us find meaning in our lives?

To access the session registration link, participants may self-enroll in the Jefferson Humanities & Health organization on Canvas and visit the Event Links module, or email Matilda Ostow at Matilda.Ostow@jefferson.edu.

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas. Learn more about the Asano Certificate program, and register here.

Thomas Eakins and the World's Fairs: Modernism and Thomas Eakin’s Clinic Paintings 

Thursday, June 17, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Zoom (access the registration link in Canvas, instructions below)


Free and open to Jefferson students 

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts presents:

Thomas Eakins’ two medical masterpieces, The Gross Clinic and The Agnew Clinic were both displayed at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. This three-part lecture series with Dr. Paul Sivitiz examines Eakins’ use of a long-standing genre which he “modernized” (and the reason why The Gross Clinic was so off-putting to viewers at the 1876 World’s Fair). We will also explore if Eakins’ participation (essentially virtual, of course) in the Chicago World’s Fair contributed to the racial inequality promoted by the fair’s organizers.

Week 2: Modernism and Eakin’s Clinic Paintings (Thursday, June 17)

The Gross Clinic was originally scheduled to be displayed at the 1876 World’s Fair in Philadelphia, but it was likely Eakins’ “modern” approach to his subject that scrapped the plan. A generation later, The Gross Clinic and The Agnew Clinic were displayed at The World’s Columbian Exposition (aka The Chicago World’s Fair) in 1893. Why? 

Week 3: Eakins and the World’s Fairs (Thursday, June 24)

World’s Fairs in America during the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries could best be described as “edutainment.” Fair organizers overtly promoted racial inequality, and the Eakins Clinic paintings helped undergird this strategy.

To access the event registration link, participants may self-enroll in the Jefferson Humanities & Health organization on Canvas and visit the Event Links module, or email Matilda Ostow at Matilda.Ostow@jefferson.edu. Registering for one of the sessions registers you for all three.

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas.  Learn more about the Asano Certificate program, and register here.

The Human Side of Healthcare with Dr. Don Friedman

Session 3: Characteristics of Effective Practitioners

Tuesday, June 15, 5:30-6:30 p.m
., Online via Zoom (registration link in Canvas, instructions to access below)

In patient care, it is so easy to focus on the breadth of medical knowledge and the technology available today that we can easily ignore the human side of what we do as physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals when we interact with our patients. To examine this aspect of clinical care, these sessions will explore the humanity behind the practice of medicine from the patient perspective and from the healthcare professional perspective as well. The five sessions will focus on either different aspects of patient and practitioner interactions or the concept of self-care as a practice that can sustain us in our work and help find meaning in what we do.

There is no required reading and no commitment to all 5 sessions, but hopefully everyone interested will attend as many sessions as possible to gain a general perspective on this topic. Each hour-long session will involve a 20-minute presentation followed by 40 minutes of discussion and questions. References for further exploration will be offered. Open to medical and nursing students and students in other allied health departments at Thomas Jefferson University.

Session Overview

  • Tuesday, June 15 – Characteristics of Effective Practitioners   

    What approaches to patient interactions can be healing? How do we as healthcare providers establish meaningful relationships with patients, no matter what our field is. What role does skillful listening play in reaching this goal?
  • Tuesday, June 22  – Perfectionism, Shame, and the Inner Critic

    How do these factors, so rampant in healthcare, block us from our authentic selves, healthy achievement, and sustained growth? What are some antidotes to their negative effects?
  • Tuesday, June 29 – Medicine as Soul Work

    How can medicine be soulful? How can what we do as healthcare professionals help us find meaning in our lives?

To access the session registration link, participants may self-enroll in the Jefferson Humanities & Health organization on Canvas and visit the Event Links module, or email Matilda Ostow at Matilda.Ostow@jefferson.edu.

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas. Learn more about the Asano Certificate program, and register here.

Thomas Eakins and the World's Fairs: Medical Art and the Gross Clinic 

Thursday, June 10, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Zoom (access the registration link in Canvas, instructions below)


Free and open to Jefferson students 

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts presents:

Thomas Eakins’ two medical masterpieces, The Gross Clinic and The Agnew Clinic were both displayed at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. This three-part lecture series with Dr. Paul Sivitiz examines Eakins’ use of a long-standing genre which he “modernized” (and the reason why The Gross Clinic was so off-putting to viewers at the 1876 World’s Fair). We will also explore if Eakins’ participation (essentially virtual, of course) in the Chicago World’s Fair contributed to the racial inequality promoted by the fair’s organizers.

Week 1: Medical Art and the Gross Clinic (Thursday, June 10)

The Gross Clinic was part of a tradition of medical painting and illustration dating back several hundred years. This lecture explores how Thomas Eakins not only continued in that tradition, but also expanded its possibilities.

Week 2: Modernism and Eakin’s Clinic Paintings (Thursday, June 17)

The Gross Clinic was originally scheduled to be displayed at the 1876 World’s Fair in Philadelphia, but it was likely Eakins’ “modern” approach to his subject that scrapped the plan. A generation later, The Gross Clinic and The Agnew Clinic were displayed at The World’s Columbian Exposition (aka The Chicago World’s Fair) in 1893. Why? 

Week 3: Eakins and the World’s Fairs (Thursday, June 24)

World’s Fairs in America during the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries could best be described as “edutainment.” Fair organizers overtly promoted racial inequality, and the Eakins Clinic paintings helped undergird this strategy.

To access the event registration link, participants may self-enroll in the Jefferson Humanities & Health organization on Canvas and visit the Event Links module, or email Matilda Ostow at Matilda.Ostow@jefferson.edu. Registering for one of the sessions registers you for all three.

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas. Learn more about the Asano Certificate program and register here.

The Human Side of Healthcare with Dr. Don Friedman

Session 2: Spirituality and Healthcare

Tuesday, June 8, 5:30-6:30 p.m
., Online via Zoom (registration link in Canvas, instructions to access below)

In patient care, it is so easy to focus on the breadth of medical knowledge and the technology available today that we can easily ignore the human side of what we do as physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals when we interact with our patients. To examine this aspect of clinical care, these sessions will explore the humanity behind the practice of medicine from the patient perspective and from the healthcare professional perspective as well. The five sessions will focus on either different aspects of patient and practitioner interactions or the concept of self-care as a practice that can sustain us in our work and help find meaning in what we do.

There is no required reading and no commitment to all 5 sessions, but hopefully everyone interested will attend as many sessions as possible to gain a general perspective on this topic. Each hour-long session will involve a 20-minute presentation followed by 40 minutes of discussion and questions. References for further exploration will be offered. Open to medical and nursing students and students in other allied health departments at Thomas Jefferson University.

Session Overview

  • Tuesday June 8 – Spirituality and Healthcare

    Why is spirituality an important part of patient care? How do you take a spiritual history?
  • Tuesday, June 15 – Characteristics of Effective Practitioners   

    What approaches to patient interactions can be healing? How do we as healthcare providers establish meaningful relationships with patients, no matter what our field is. What role does skillful listening play in reaching this goal?
  • Tuesday, June 22  – Perfectionism, Shame, and the Inner Critic

    How do these factors, so rampant in healthcare, block us from our authentic selves, healthy achievement, and sustained growth? What are some antidotes to their negative effects?
  • Tuesday, June 29 – Medicine as Soul Work

    How can medicine be soulful? How can what we do as healthcare professionals help us find meaning in our lives?

To access the session registration link, participants may self-enroll in the Jefferson Humanities & Health organization on Canvas and visit the Event Links module, or email Matilda Ostow at Matilda.Ostow@jefferson.edu.

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas.  Learn more about the Asano Certificate program, and register here.

HIV Round Table: Breaking the Tradition 

Tuesday, June 8, 12-2 p.m., Zoom


Free and open to all

Presented in partnership with One Book, One Philadelphia

Join the Men’s Coffee Talk Think Tank at the People’s Emergency Center, along with ACT UP and the AIDS Health Foundation, for a panel discussion that draws from poems in Jericho Brown's book The Tradition to explore how to challenge white supremacy in the healthcare system and overcome barriers to healthcare access for people of color, queer communities, and those who are living with HIV.

We will participate in group discussions, learn about prevention strategies and pandemic resources, engage in creative activities, and read from The Tradition.

Panelists include Abdul-Aliy Muhammad, organizer writer, and founder of the Black and Brown Workers Cooperative; Dr. Stuart Burstin from AIDS Health Foundation; and Jose de Marco from ACT UP.

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas. Learn more about the Asano Certificate program and register here.

The Human Side of Healthcare with Dr. Don Friedman

Session 1: Mindful Self-Compassion

Tuesday, June 1, 5:30-6:30 p.m
., Online via Zoom (registration link in Canvas, instructions to access below)

In patient care, it is so easy to focus on the breadth of medical knowledge and the technology available today that we can easily ignore the human side of what we do as physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals when we interact with our patients. To examine this aspect of clinical care, these sessions will explore the humanity behind the practice of medicine from the patient perspective and from the healthcare professional perspective as well. The five sessions will focus on either different aspects of patient and practitioner interactions or the concept of self-care as a practice that can sustain us in our work and help find meaning in what we do.

There is no required reading and no commitment to all 5 sessions, but hopefully everyone interested will attend as many sessions as possible to gain a general perspective on this topic. Each hour-long session will involve a 20-minute presentation followed by 40 minutes of discussion and questions. References for further exploration will be offered. Open to medical and nursing students and students in other allied health departments at Thomas Jefferson University.

Session Overview

  • Tuesday, June 1 – Mindful Self-Compassion

    What is it? How do you practice it? What are its benefits?
  • Tuesday June 8 – Spirituality and Healthcare

    Why is spirituality an important part of patient care? How do you take a spiritual history?
  • Tuesday, June 15 – Characteristics of Effective Practitioners   

    What approaches to patient interactions can be healing? How do we as healthcare providers establish meaningful relationships with patients, no matter what our field is. What role does skillful listening play in reaching this goal?
  • Tuesday, June 22  – Perfectionism, Shame, and the Inner Critic

    How do these factors, so rampant in healthcare, block us from our authentic selves, healthy achievement, and sustained growth? What are some antidotes to their negative effects?
  • Tuesday, June 29 – Medicine as Soul Work

    How can medicine be soulful? How can what we do as healthcare professionals help us find meaning in our lives?

To access the session registration link, participants may self-enroll in the Jefferson Humanities & Health organization on Canvas and visit the Event Links module, or email Matilda Ostow at Matilda.Ostow@jefferson.edu.

*If you would like to receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate, please fill out this attendance form after the event. All event attendance forms can be found in their respective event listings or on Canvas. 


2020-2021: Creativity

Each academic year, the Jefferson Humanities Forum explores a thought-provoking theme from a broad range of perspectives, inviting consideration and action around urgent issues impacting how we improve lives. Series programs promote understanding of the social contexts of health and wellness, the lived experiences of diverse individuals and communities, and self-care for health professionals.

During 2020-2021, the Jefferson Humanities Forum speaker series brought a handful of multidisciplinary scholars and thinkers to investigate the theme Creativity, as it relates to:

  • Breaking with past paradigms and reinterpreting established problems and histories
  • Imagining and working toward more just and equitable futures
  • Developing new ways to build relationships, connections and provide care 
  • Achieving cross-disciplinary thinking and practice through collaboration 
  • Cultivating creative process in the face of difficulty and failure 
  • Virtual Narrative Medicine Workshop - May 6, 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday Wellness Day: Writing Prompts - May 13, 12 p.m.
  • Virtual Narrative Medicine Workshop - May 13, 6 p.m.
  • The Student Counseling Center presents: Coping with COVID-19 - May 15, 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday Wellness Day: Colorful Moments - May 20, 12 p.m.
  • The Student Counseling Center presents: Celebrating Milestones During COVID-19 - May 20, 4 p.m.
  • Virtual Narrative Medicine Workshop - May 20, 6 p.m.
  • The Student Counseling Center presents: Coping with COVID-19 - May 22, 1 p.m.
  • Summer Intensive Creative Workshop - May 26-June 11
  • Wednesday Wellness Day: Affirmations & Gratitude - May 27, 12 p.m.
  • CHATT presents: Exploring Loneliness in Medicine - May 27, 12 p.m.
  • Virtual Narrative Medicine Workshop - May 27, 6 p.m.
  • The Student Counseling Center presents: Coping with COVID-19 - May 29, 1 p.m.
  • The Human Side of Healthcare - June 3, 5 p.m.
  • Honoring Black lives lost to police brutality - June 5, 1 p.m.
  • The Student Counseling Center presents: Coping with COVID-19 - June 5, 1 p.m.
  • Participate in a B.R.A.V.E Conversation - June 8, 3 p.m.
  • Participate in a B.R.A.V.E Conversation - June 10, 3 p.m.
  • The Human Side of Healthcare - June 10, 5 p.m.
  • Virtual Town Hall on Healthcare Disparity - June 10, 6 p.m.
  • The Student Counseling Center presents: Coping with COVID-19 - June 12, 1 p.m.
  • Participate in a B.R.A.V.E Conversation - June 12, 3 p.m.
  • Virtual Cooking with Vetri - June 16, 5 p.m.
  • The Human Side of Healthcare - June 17, 5 p.m.
  • The Student Counseling Center presents: Coping with COVID-19 - June 19, 1 p.m.
  • AAMP's Juneteenth 2020 Virtual Festival - June 20, 11 a.m.
  • The Johnson House's Virtual Philadelphia Juneteenth Festival - June 20, 12 p.m.
  • Philly Queer March for Black Lives - June 21, 1:30 p.m.
  • Exquisite Corpse Drawing Game - June 23, 5 p.m.
  • The Human Side of Healthcare - June 24, 5 p.m.
  • The Student Counseling Center presents: Coping with COVID-19 - June 26, 1 p.m.
  • The Human Side of Healthcare - July 1, 5 p.m.
  • Virtual Cooking with Vetri - July 14, 5 p.m.
  • Learn From Our History - Living Beyond the Walls of the Institution - July 22, 4:30 p.m.
  • Schwartz Rounds - July 29, 12 p.m.
  • Medicine+Music: Mindfulness Workshop - August 4, 6 p.m.
  • Health Humanities Reading Group - August 10, 12 p.m.
  • Exquisite Corpse Drawing Series - August 11, 5:30 p.m.
  • Schwartz Rounds - August 12, 12 p.m.
  • Health Humanities Reading Group - August 17, 12 p.m.
  • Virtual Cooking with Vetri - August 18, 5 p.m.
  • Health Humanities Reading Group - August 24, 12 p.m.
  • Schwartz Rounds - August 26, 12 p.m.
  • Berkowitz Humanism in Medicine Lecture: Stephen Trzeciak - August 26, 4 p.m.
  • Schwartz Rounds: Uncertainty & Silver Linings - September 9, 12 p.m.
  • Neurodiversity Symposium: Space Inclusivity and Autism Spectrum Disorder - September 11, 10 a.m.
  • Neurodiversity Symposium: Reflecting on the ADA and Those Left Behind - September 12, 11:30 a.m.
  • Neurodiversity Symposium: Round Table Discussion - September 14, 12:20 p.m.
  • Jefferson Humanities Forum: Dave Isay - September 16, 12 p.m.
  • Do No Harm: Screening and Panel Discussion - September 16, 6 p.m.
  • Health Humanities Reading Group - September 21, 12 p.m.
  • Creative Approaches to Self Care: Connecting - September 21, 5 p.m.
  • Exquisite Corpse Drawing Series: September 22, 5:30 p.m.
  • Health Humanities Reading Group - September 28, 12 p.m.
  • Why Doctors Write: Panel Discussion - September 29, 5:30 p.m.
  • Inis Nua Reading Series: Reconceiving Family - October 1
  • Mural Mile Walking Tour - October 3, 2 p.m.
  • DocNights: For They Know Not What They Do - October 6, 7 p.m.
  • Health Humanities Reading Group - October 12, 12 p.m.
  • Exquisite Corpse Drawing Series - October 13, 5:30 p.m.
  • Jefferson Humanities Forum: Nikole Hannah-Jones - October 14, 12 p.m.
  • Inis Nua Reading Series: Reconceiving Family - October 15
  • Special Olympics Selective Kickoff - October 15
  • Creative Approaches to Self Care: Creating Balance - October 19, 5 p.m.
  • Virtual Cooking with Vetri - October 20, 5 p.m.
  • Sara Jensen Carr: Embodied Environments - October 21, 5 p.m.
  • Better Together Interprofessional Story Slam - October 26, 4 p.m.
  • Story Initative Panel: Diversity & Activism in Children's Storytelling - October 26, 5 p.m.
  • Schwartz Rounds: From Apathy to Action - October 28, 12 p.m. 
  • Drawing to Decompress - October 28, 5 p.m.
  • Inis Nua Reading Series: Reconceiving Family - October 29
  • Health Humanities Reading Group - November 2, 12 p.m.
  • Health Humanities Reading Group: Photo Elicitation - November 9, 12 p.m.
  • Medicine+Music: Music and Healing with Dr. Lisa Wong - November 9
  • Jefferson Humanities Forum: Stephon Alexander - November 11, 12 p.m.
  • JeffSOAR: Trauma-Informed Care Panel - November 11
  • Inis Nua Reading Series: Reconceiving Family - November 12
  • Telling Your Health Story Seminar: Finding Your Narrative - November 13
  • Telling Your Health Story Keynote: Lorene Cary - November 14
  • Health Humanities Reading Group - November 16, 12 p.m.
  • Creative Approaches to Self Care: Mindfulness and Self-Awarness - November 16, 5 p.m.
  • Virtual Cooking with Vetri - November 17, 5 p.m.
  • Behind the Smoke and Mirrors: Tobacco-Free Campuses and Resisting the Tobacco Industry - November 19, 4 p.m.
  • Schwartz Rounds: Who Inspires You - November 25, 12 p.m.
  • Health Humanities Reading Group - November 30, 12 p.m.
  • Medicine+Music: Doctors at Play - December 1
  • Creative Approaches to Self Care: Self-Criticism to Self-Compassion - December 7, 5 p.m.
  • College of Physicians Story Slam - December 7
  • Exquisite Corpse Drawing Series - December 8
  • Creative Approaches to Self Care: Managing Anxiety - January 11, 5 p.m.
  • Mural Arts Philadelphia presents Inspiration Behind the Art: Michele Tremblay and Polly Apfelbaum - January 12
  • Health Economics Workshop - January 13
  • DocNights: Born to Be Virtual Talkback and Q&A - January 19, 7 p.m.
  • Drum it Out with Josh Robinson - January 25, 5:30 p.m.
  • JeffX Global Health Conference - January 27
  • Drawing to Decompress with Dr. Nazanin Moghbeli - January 27, 5 p.m.
  • Dangerous Bodies with PAFA - February 4
  • JeffSOAR presents virtual Vagina Monologues - February 5-6
  • Creative Approaches to Self Care: Relaxation - February 8, 5 p.m.
  • Virtual Cooking with Vetri - Feburary 9
  • Anne Basting with Moore College of Art & Design - February 9
  • Health Humanities Reading Group with Anne Basting - February 10
  • Dangerous Bodies with PAFA - February 11
  • Poetry as Public Art with Yolanda Wisher - February 12
  • Black Men in White Coats documentary available for viewing
  • Dangerous Bodies with PAFA - February 18
  • Jefferson Humanities Forum: Julia Watson - February 22
  • Alicia Grullon with Moore College of Art & Design - February 25
  • Health Humanities Reading Group - March 1
  • Failing Forward: A Celebration of Resilience During a Pandemic - March 2
  • Still Failing Forward with JeffHELP CHATT - March 4
  • Creative Approaches to Self-Care: Coping with Stress - March 8
  • Making Space with PAFA - March 8
  • Virtual Cooking with Vetri: Spring Pasta - March 9
  • Health Humanities Reading Group - March 15
  • Making Space with PAFA - March 15
  • Jefferson Humanities Forum: Michael Chabon - March 17
  • Soundtrack to Your Life - March 18
  • Health Humanities Reading Group - March 22
  • Making Space with PAFA - March 22
  • DocNights: Killing Patient Zero - March 23
  • Medicine+Music Wellness Workshop - March 24
  • The Future of Roe v. Wade - March 25
  • Picture a Scientist Film Discussion - March 25
  • Let's Talk: Beyond the Binary: A Journey of Self Love and Acceptance - March 26
  • Creative Approaches to Self-Care: Cultivating Self-Acceptance - April 5
  • Celebrating Sikh Awareness and Appreciation Month: Who are the Sikhs? - April 8
  • Philadelphia Medical Humanities Collaborative: Inaugural Creativity Slam - April 8
  • Virtual Cooking with Vetri: Vegetarian Pad Thai - April 13
  • Join a university discussion about Jericho Brown’s The Tradition for One Book, One Philadelphia - April 16
  • Da Vinci Art Alliance & PMHC: Drawing to Decompress with Dr. Nazanin Moghbeli - April 21
  • JeffSOAR & Autism Advocacy Group present Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Sexual Assault - April 28
  • Celebrating the Humanities & Inside Out Release - April 29
  • Take Back The Night 2021 - April 29

2019-2020: Memory

Each academic year, the Jefferson Humanities Forum explores a thought-provoking theme from a broad range of perspectives, inviting consideration and action around urgent issues impacting how we improve lives. Series programs promote understanding of the social contexts of health and wellness, the lived experiences of diverse individuals and communities, and self-care for health professionals.

During the 2019-2020 academic year, the Jefferson Humanities Forum investigated 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

Narrative Medicine Workshop Series Interest Meeting

Weds., Sept. 4, 12 p.m.

Moment to Moment Film Screening

Fri., Sept. 6, 12 p.m.

Dean's Concert Series: Mozart to Mahler: The View From the French Horn

Tues., Sept. 10, 12 p.m.,

Tangles in Time performances

Sept. 13-14

Tangles in Time Panel Discussion

Tues., Sept. 16, 12 p.m.

Narcan Story Slam

Weds., Sept. 18, 6:30 p.m.

Jefferson Night at the Orchestra: Yannick and Hélène Grimaud

Sat., Sept. 21, 8 p.m.

Health Humanities Reading Group

Mon., Sept. 23, 12 p.m.

Creative Approaches to Self Care: Connecting

Mon., Sept. 23, 5 p.m.

In Our Right Mind: Alzheimer's and Other Demntias' Impact in Communities of Color

Tues., Sept. 23, 12 p.m.

Narrative Medicine Workshop Series

Mon., Sept. 30, 6 p.m.

Jefferson Humanities Forum: Tia Powell

Weds., Oct. 2, 12 p.m.

EAST FALLS - Roxboro House Roundtable: Mass Incarceration 

Thurs., Oct. 3, 3-4 p.m.

L'Ultimo Respiro: Tuberculosis and Culture in Forlanini's Times

Thurs., Oct. 3, 7 p.m.

Jefferson and Philadelphia Contemporary present Back and Song: Opening Reception

Fri., Oct. 4, 12-3 p.m., JAH Atrium

Health Humanities Reading Group

Mon., Oct. 7, 12 p.m.

DocNights with PFS and William Way: Stumped

Mon., Oct. 7, 7 p.m.

Drop In, Drum it Out! with percussionist Josh Robinson

Mon., Oct. 14, 5 p.m.

Narrative Medicine Workshop Series

Mon., Oct. 14, 6 p.m.

Free Student Tickets: RENT

Fri., Oct. 18, 8 p.m.

Creative Approaches to Self Care: From Self-Criticism to Self-Compassion

Mon., Oct. 21, 5 p.m

Health Humanities Reading Group

Mon., Oct. 21, 12 p.m.

EAST FALLS - Roxboro House Roundtable: The Immigration Crisis

Thurs., Oct. 24, 12:30 p.m.

Jefferson Humanities Forum: Deirdre Cooper Owens in conversation with Elissa Blount Moorhead and Bradford Young

Fri., Oct 25, 5 p.m.

Back and Song Tour with artists Elissa Blount Moorhead and Bradford Young

Sat., Oct 26, 3 p.m.

Wellness Week Story Slam

Mon., Oct 28, 4 p.m.

Narrative Medicine Workshop Series

Mon., Oct. 28, 6 p.m.

Health Humanities Reading Group

Mon., Nov. 4, 12 p.m.

Drop In, Drum It Out! with Percussionist Josh Robinson

Weds., Nov. 6, 5 p.m

EAST FALLS - Specter Fellows Present: Prisons in Crisis

Thurs., Nov. 7, 6:30 p.m.

Narrative Medicine Workshop Series

Mon., Nov. 11, 6 p.m.

Inis Nua Reading Series: Aging in Our Time

Mon., Nov. 11, 7 p.m.

DocNights with PFS and William Way: TransMilitary

Tues., Nov. 12, 7 p.m.

"Places for Discovery" Art Show and Reception

Thurs., Nov. 14, 5 p.m.

Health Humanities Reading Group

Mon., Nov. 18, 12 p.m.

Creative Approaches to Self Care: Creating Balance

Mon., Nov. 18, 5 p.m.

Liliana Velasquez: Dreams and Nightmares/Sueños y Pesadillas

Thurs., Nov. 21, 12 p.m.

Health Humanities Reading Group

Mon., Nov. 25, 12 p.m.

Narrative Medicine Workshop Series 

Mon., Dec. 2, 6 p.m.

Medicine + Music Workshop with Philadelphia Orchestra cellist Yumi Kendall

Thurs., Dec. 5, 5:45 p.m.

Lewis Katz School of Medicine Narrative Medicine Conference

Sat., Dec. 16

Health Humanities Reading Group

Mon., Dec. 9, 12 p.m.

Creative Approaches to Self Care: Mindfulness and Self-Awareness

Mon., Dec. 9, 5 p.m.

The People in the Middle: Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare

Tues., Dec. 10, 3 p.m.

JeffVotes: Voting and Healthcare

Thurs., Dec. 12, 12 p.m.

TJU Choir 50th Anniversary Concert

Fri., Dec. 13, 8 p.m.

Narrative Medicine Workshop Series 

Mon., Dec. 16, 6 p.m.

Dean's Concert Series: The Poet & The Peasant

Tues., Dec. 17, 12 p.m.

Knitting and Crocheting Group

Tues., Jan. 7, 12 p.m.

Health Humanities Reading Group

Mon., Jan. 13, 12 p.m.

Creative Approaches to Self Care: Managing Anxiety 

Mon., Jan. 13, 5 p.m.

Inis Nua Reading Series: Aging in Our Time 

Mon., Jan. 13, 7 p.m.

Dean's Concert Series: David's Harp

Tues., Jan. 14, 12 p.m.

Failing Forward: Processing our Failures on the Path Towards Growth

Tues., Jan. 14, 6 p.m.

Knitting and Crocheting Group

Thurs., Jan. 7, 12 p.m.

DocNights presents We Exist: Beyond the Binary

Tues., Jan. 21, 7 p.m.

JeffX Global Health Conference: Planetary Health

Fri., Jan. 24, 3 p.m.

SKMC Humanism in Medicine Conference: Inclusivity and Patient-Centered Care

Sat., Jan 24

Health Humanities Group 

Mon., Jan. 27, 12 p.m.

The Vicissitudes of Travel

Tues., Jan. 28, 6 p.m.

Knitting and Crocheting Group

Weds., Jan. 29, 12 p.m.

Health Humanities Reading Group

Mon., Feb. 3, 12 p.m.

The Vicissitudes of Travel

Mon., Feb. 3, 6 p.m.

JeffSOAR presents the Vagina Monologues

Feb. 8 & 9

Health Humanities Reading Group with Adam DePaul

Mon., Feb. 10, 12 p.m.

Why Work? Exploring Work, Culture, and AI

Mon., Feb. 10

Creative Approaches to Self Care: Coping With Stress

Mon., Feb. 10, 5 p.m.

Dean's Concert Series: Taking Flight

Tues., Feb 11, 12 p.m.

Food & Wellness Workshop with Vetri Mobile Teaching Kitchen

Tues., Feb. 11

Why Work? Exploring Work, Culture, and AI

Weds., Feb. 12, 12 p.m.

Knitting and Crocheting

Thurs., Feb. 13

Health Humanities Reading Group

Mon., Feb. 17, 12 p.m.

Why Work? Exploring Work, Culture, and AI

Mon., Feb. 17, 12 p.m.

Why Work? Exploring Work, Culture, and AI

Weds., Feb. 19, 12 p.m.

The Renfew Center exhibits Artwork by Women in Recovery from Eating Disorders

Mon., Feb. 24, 11 a.m.

Health Humanities Reading Group

Mon., Feb. 24, 12 p.m.

Schwartz Rounds: Maintaining Compassionate Care for Patients Facing Addition

Tues., Feb. 25, 12 p.m.

Renaissance in the Belly of a Killer Whale

Fri., Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m.

Flower Show: Lecture & Visit: Gardening & Community Health

Sat., Feb. 29

Inis Nua Reading Series: Aging in Our Time

Tues., Mar. 3, 7 p.m.

Creative Approaches to Self Care: Cultivating Self-Acceptance

Mon., Mar. 9, 5 p.m.

[Canceled] Dean's Concert Series: East Wind Ensemble

Tues., Mar. 10, 12 p.m.

Health Humanities Reading Group [Online]

Mon., Mar. 16, 12 p.m.

DocNights presents: For They Know Not What They Do 

Tues., Mar. 17, 7 p.m.

Health Humanities Reading Group [Online]

Mon., Mar. 23, 12 p.m.

[Canceled] Jefferson Humanities Forum: Michael Chabon

Wed., Mar. 25, 12 p.m.

Health Humanities Reading Group [Online]

Mon., Mar. 30, 12 p.m.

Health Humanities Reading Group

Mon, Apr. 6, 12pm

Virtual Narrative Medicine Workshops

Weds, 6-7pm

April 8, 15, 22, and 29

From the Title IX Office: Self-Care and How to Support Survivors

Mon, Apr. 27, 1pm 

From the Title IX Office: Virtual Screening of "Nameless"

Tues, Apr. 28, 1pm

From the Title IX Office: Talk with Title IX

Tues, Apr. 28, 4pm

From the Title IX Office and JeffSOAR: Virtual Take Back the Night

Weds, Apr. 29, 7pm

The Empathy Project Virtual Play Reading

Thurs, Apr. 30, 6pm


2018-2019: Fusion

Each academic year, the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate explores a thought-provoking theme from a broad range of perspectives, inviting consideration and action around urgent issues impacting how we improve lives. Series programs promote understanding of the social contexts of health and wellness, the lived experiences of diverse individuals and communities, and self-care for health professionals.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, the Asano Humanities & Health Series investigated the theme Fusion.

Throughout the year, series programs will explore dimensions of Fusion, focusing on:

  • Collaborations across disciplines resulting in new knowledge, methods and ways of knowing
  • Creative thinking at the intersection of broadly different fields and industries
  • Unexpected combinations of technique, style and perspective

Karim Rashid: The Future of Design
Mon., Aug. 27, 6 p.m., Hamilton Building, Connelly Auditorium

Do You Want A Cookie? by the Bearded Ladies Cabaret*
Fri., Sept. 7, 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., 448 North 10th Street

Jefferson Night at the Orchestra: Opening Weekend
Sat., Sept. 15, 7 p.m., the Kimmel Center

Majora Carter - Community as Corporation: Talent Retention in Low-Status Communities
Mon., Sept. 17, 6 p.m., DEC Forum, East Falls Campus

Signs of Humanity Documentary Film Screening*
Wed., Sept. 19, 12-1 p.m., Hamilton Building

Jefferson Humanities Forum: Willie Baronet - Signs of Humanity Exhibition Reception and Panel Discussion*
Thurs., Sept. 20, 5-7 p.m., Hamilton Building

Signs of Humanity Exhibition
Mon., Sept. 17 - Sat. Sept. 22, Hamilton Building

Talking about Dementia Dinner*
Sun., Sept. 23, 5-7 p.m., Martin Hall Basement

Creative Approaches to Self Care: Coping with Stress*
Mon., Sept. 24, 5-7 p.m., Hamilton Building
Opera Philadelphia: Sky on Wings
Sat., Sept. 29, 1:30 p.m., Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center

Design Philadelphia Festival: Art Therapy workshop
Tues., Oct. 9, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Kanbar Performance Space, East Falls campus
Spectrum Dance Theater: A Rap on Race*
Sat., Oct. 13, 8 p.m., Zellerbach Theatre, Annenberg Center
Creative Approaches to Self Care: Balancing Work and Life*
Mon., Oct. 15, 5-7 p.m., Hamilton 224/225
JCN Poverty Simulation*
Thurs., Oct. 18, 12-3 p.m., JAH Atrium
Maiken Scott: Communicating Your Science to the Public 
Thurs., Oct. 18, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Hamilton 505
Jefferson Humanities Forum: Anne Basting - Aging, Dementia, and the Cultural Care*
Fri., Oct. 19, 12-1 p.m., Hamilton 505
Soul of Medicine Brunch
Sun., Oct. 21, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., College of Physicians
QUEST Documentary Screening*
Mon., Oct. 22, 5-8 p.m., BLSB 101
Philly's Asian Food Tour
Sun., Oct. 28, 1:30 p.m.
Resilience Story Slam*
Mon., Oct. 29, 5-6:30 p.m
Dean's Concert: Jack St. Clair Orchestra*
Tues., Oct. 30, 12-1 p.m., Hamilton Lobby 

Be the Change: The Road to Equality*
Weds., Nov. 7, 5-7:30 p.m., JAH Brent Auditorium

Slought Presents: Jonathan Metzl, The Politics of Health
Thurs., Nov. 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Slought

Theater of Witness: Walk in My Shoes screening*
Fri., Nov. 9, Eakins Lounge

Inis Nua Readings Series: Medicine in Modern Life*
Mon., Nov. 12, 7 p.m., Drake Theater

IHI Film Screening on Informed Consent*
Tues., Nov. 13, 6:30 p.m., JAH 207

Veterans Day Panel*
Tues., Nov. 13, 6 p.m., Connelly Auditorium

JCN Poverty Simulation*
Weds., Nov. 14, 1 p.m., Hamilton 1st Floor

JeffX Global Health Conference*
Fri., Nov. 16, 3 p.m., Foerderer Auditorium

Creative Approaches to Self Care: From Self-Critism to Self-Compassion*
Mon., Nov. 19, 5 p.m., Hamilton 224

JCN Poverty Simulation*
Tues., Nov. 20, 12 p.m., JAH Atrium

Dean's Concert: Philadelphia Brass*
Tues., Nov. 27, 12 p.m., Eakins Lounge
Schwartz Rounds*
Weds., Nov. 28, 12 p.m., BLSB 105/107

Jefferson Humanities Forum: Alan Lightman, The Physicist as Novelist*
Weds., Dec. 5, 12 p.m., Connelly Auditorium

Creative Approaches to Self Care: Transforming Mental and Emotional States*
Mon., Dec. 10, 5 p.m., Hamilton 224/225

Patient Safety Film Screening*
Thurs., Dec. 16, 6 p.m., JAH

TJU Choir and Orchestra Holiday Concert*
Fri., Dec. 14, 8 p.m., St. Luke and the Epiphany
JCN Poverty Simulation*
Tues., Dec. 18, 12 p.m., JAH Atrium

Inis Nua Reading Series: Medicine in Modern Life*

Mon., Jan. 14, 7 p.m., Drake Theatres 

Narrative Medicine Workshop Series*

Mon., Jan. 14, 6-7 p.m., Hamilton 208

Dean's Concert: Tony Miceli & Diane Monroe*

Tues., January 15, 12 p.m., Eakins Lounge 

Schwartz Rounds*

Weds., Jan. 23, 12-1 p.m., College Herbut Auditorium

Health Humanities Reading Group: One Book, One Philadelphia*

Mon., Jan 28, 12 p.m., Scott 200A

Creative Approaches to Self Care: Managing Anxiety and Insecurity*

Mon., Jan 28, 5 p.m. JAH

Narrative Medicine Workshop Series*

Mon., Jan. 28, 6-7 p.m., Hamilton 208

Dean's Concert Series: Orchestra 2001

Tues., Jan. 29, 12 p.m., Hamilton Lobby

East Falls Community Observance: Liberty to Love

Tues., Jan. 29, 12:30 p.m., East Falls campus

Weds., Jan. 30, 5:15 p.m., East Falls campus

Humanism in Medicine Conference: Maintaining Empathy, Mental Health, and Resilience in Our Communities*

Sat., Feb. 2, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Hamilton Building

The Defamation Experience*

Mon., Feb. 4, 5-7:30 p.m., Hamilton Building

Diversity Council Journal Club*

Weds., Feb. 6, 12-1 p.m., JAH M21

Narrative Medicine Workshop Series*

Mon., Feb. 11, 6-7 p.m., Hamilton 208

Jefferson Humanities Forum: Kerry Brodie - Food Fight: Equality, Opportunity, and the Pursuit of Independence*

Tues., Feb. 12, 12 p.m., Connelly Auditorium

Jefferson Night at the Orchestra: A Space Odyssey

Sat., Feb 16, 8 p.m., Verizon Hall

Narrative Medicine Workshop Series*

Mon., Feb. 25, 6-7 p.m., Hamilton 208

Schwartz Rounds

Weds., Feb 27, 12 p.m., BLSB 101

Free Student Tickets - Broadway Philadelphia's Rent*
Tues., Mar. 5, 7:30 p.m., Merriam Theater at the Kimmel Center
Dietrich V. Asten Lecture Series: Zoe Strauss*
Tues., Mar. 5, 6 p.m., East Falls Campus

Dean's Concert Series: Enlightened Ladies*
Tues., Mar. 12, 12 p.m., Hamilton Lobby

Creative Approaches to Self Care: Cultivating Self-Acceptance*
Mon., Mar. 18, 5 p.m., JAH M23

Narrative Medicine Workshop series*
Mon., Mar. 18, 6 p.m., Hamilton 210

Free student tickets: The Curious Incident of a Dog in the Night-Time*
Sun., Mar. 24, 7 p.m., Walnut Street Theatre

Jefferson Humanities Forum presents Vijay Gupta, The Medicine of Music*
Wed., March 27, 12 p.m., Connelly Auditorium

Every Patient a Poem: Poetry and the Clinician
Mon., Apr. 8, 4 p.m., 901 Walnut Street Lobby

Leonardo at 500: A Lesson in Creativity
Mon., Apr. 15, 12 p.m., Brent Auditorium, JAH

Creative Approaches to Self Care: Connection
Mon., Apr. 15, 5 p.m., Hamilton 224/225

Jefferson Humanities Forum - Jonathan Metzl: Dying of Whiteness
Thurs., Apr. 18, 12-1 p.m., Eakins Lounge

A Celebration of the Humanities
Thurs., April 18, 5 p.m., BLSB 101

Nurses on the Inside: A Memoir of the AIDS Epidemic in New York City
Fri., Apr. 19, 12:30 p.m., East Falls campus
Failing Forward: Learning from Mistakes on the Road to Success 
Mon., Apr. 22, 6 p.m., Conrady Auditorium


2017-2018: Safety

Each academic year, the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate explores a thought-provoking theme from a broad range of perspectives, inviting consideration and action around urgent issues impacting how we improve lives. Series programs promote understanding of the social contexts of health and wellness, the lived experiences of diverse individuals and communities, and self-care for health professionals.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, the Asano Humanities & Health Series investigated the theme Safety. Throughout the year, series programs explored dimensions of Safety, including:

  • Safety as a social privilege related to age, ability, gender, race, ethnicity, class, and sexual orientation 
  • Inequities as causes of health vulnerabilities 
  • Burnout prevention for health professionals 
  • Creating safe spaces and supporting diversity of opinion 
  • Risk-taking in art, design and entrepreneurship 

Poetry Workshop with Philadelphia Poet Laureate Yolanda Wisher
Sat., Sept. 2, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Hamilton 210/211

Creative Approaches to Self Care: Grounding
Mon., Sept. 11, 5-7 p.m., Hamilton 210/211

The Berkowitz Humanism in Medicine Lecture: Damon Tweedy, MD
Tues., Sept. 12, 12 p.m., Herbut Auditorium, College Building
Tues., Sept. 12, 4 p.m., Connelly Auditorium, Dorrance H. Hamilton Building

Caring for Communities: Practicing at the Intersection of Health + Art
Tues., Sept. 12, 6:30-8 p.m., Moore College of Art and Design, 1916 Race St. 

A Friend of a Friend Sent Me
Thurs., Sept. 14, 7-8:30 p.m., St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 10th Street between Chestnut and Market

Health Ecologies Reading Group
Mon., Sept. 18, 12-1 p.m., Scott Memorial Library 200A

Opera Philadelphia: We Shall Not Be Moved
Mon., Sept. 18 & Thurs., Sept. 21, 8-10:30 p.m., Wilma Theater, 265 South Broad Street

Health Ecologies Reading Group
Mon., Sept. 25, 12-1 p.m., Scott Memorial Library 200A

Health Ecologies Reading Group
Mon., Oct. 2, 12-1 p.m., Scott Memorial Library 200A

Creative Approaches to Self Care: Mental Health/Transforming Emotional States
Mon., Oct. 2, 5-7 p.m., Jefferson Alumni Hall M23

Jefferson Night at The Philadelphia Orchestra: Season Kick-Off, Yannick & Emmanuel Ax
Sat., Oct. 7, private reception at 6:30 p.m., concert at 8 p.m., Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Health Ecologies Reading Group
Mon., Oct. 9, 12-1 p.m., Scott Memorial Library 200A

Dean's Concert Series: Klinefelter Trio
Tuesday, Oct. 10, 12-1 p.m., Jefferson Alumni Hall Eakins Lounge

Health Ecologies Reading Group
Mon., Oct. 16, 12-1 p.m., Scott Memorial Library 200A

Mural Arts Tour: Mural Mile and Monument Lab
Sat., Oct. 21, 12-2 p.m.; tour start: NW corner of 10th and Locust Streets, tour end: Rittenhouse Square

Health Ecologies Reading Group
Mon., Oct. 23, 12-1 p.m., Scott Memorial Library 200A

Murder at the Mütter
Sun., Oct. 29, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Mütter Museum, 19 S. 22nd St., Philadelphia

Health Ecologies Reading Group
Mon., Oct. 30, 12-1 p.m., Scott Memorial Library 200A

Exploring Resilience for Health Professionals: What We Know, and What We Can Do
Mon., Oct. 30, 5-6:30 p.m., Jefferson Alumni Hall Atrium

Dean's Concert Series: The Franklin Quartet
Tuesday, Oct. 31, 12-1 p.m., Jefferson Alumni Hall Eakins Lounge

StorySlam: Resilience in Healthcare
Thurs., Nov. 2, 5-6:30 p.m., Jefferson Alumni Hall Atrium

Health Ecologies Reading Group
Mon., Nov. 6, 12-1 p.m., Scott Memorial Library 200A

Creative Approaches to Self Care: Developing Self-Compassion
Mon., Nov. 6, 5-7 p.m., Hamilton 210/211

Roxane Gay: Hunger
Fri., Nov. 10, 7-8:30 p.m., Foerderer Auditorium, College Building

Theater of Witness: Walk In My Shoes
Sat., Nov. 11, 8 p.m., Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine Street

Health Ecologies Reading Group
Mon., Nov. 13, 12-1 p.m., Scott Memorial Library 200A

Dean's Concert Series: Brian Ganz
Tuesday, Nov. 14, 12-1 p.m., Jefferson Alumni Hall Eakins Lounge

Theater of Witness: The Heart and Soul of Story
Weds., Nov. 15, 7-8:30 p.m., BLSB 105/107

Health Ecologies Reading Group
Mon., Nov. 20, 12-1 p.m., Scott Memorial Library 200A

Health Ecologies Reading Group
Mon., Nov. 27, 12-1 p.m., Scott Memorial Library 200A

Reflective Leadership
Tues., Nov. 28, 5:30-6:30 p.m., JAH Brent Auditorium
Weds., Nov. 29, 12-1 p.m., JAH 407

Thrive: Trauma-Informed Practice in Community-Engaged Art
Sat., Dec. 2, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Jefferson Alumni Hall

Health Ecologies Reading Group
Mon., Dec. 4, 12-1 p.m., Scott Memorial Library 200A

Creative Approaches to Self Care: Journey Through Change
Mon., Dec. 4, 5-7 p.m., Hamilton 210/211

Health Ecologies Reading Group
Mon., Dec. 11, 12-1 p.m., Scott Memorial Library 200A

Health Ecologies Reading Group
Mon., Dec. 18, 12-1 p.m., Scott Memorial Library 200A

Health Ecologies Reading Group 
Monday, January 22, 12-1 p.m. 
Scott Memorial Library - 200A

International Holocaust Remembrance Day: 50 Children: One Ordinary American Couple's Extraordinary Rescue Mission in the Heart of Nazi Germany
Thursday, January 25, 12 p.m.
Hamilton Building, Connelly Auditorium (1001 Locust Street)

InterAct Theatre Company: Sensitive Guys
Sunday, January 28, 2 p.m.-4 p.m., InterAct Theatre Company (302 South Hicks St.) 

Health Ecologies Reading Group 
Monday, January 29, 12-1 p.m. 
Scott Memorial Library - 200A

Health Ecologies Reading Group at Jefferson 
Mondays, 12-1 p.m.
Scott Memorial Library, Room 200A

Creative Approaches to Self-Care: Balance
Mon., Feb. 5, 5-7 p.m.
Hamilton 208/209 

Building Coalitions: Advocacy & Political Action as a Student (Leadership LIVE)
Mon., Feb. 5, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Connelly Auditorium, Hamilton Building

Diversity Council Journal Club
Wednesday, February 7, 12 p.m. 
BLSB 107

Mark Morris Dance Group: Dances to American Music 
Friday, February 9, 8-10 PM
Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut Street

Dean's Concert Series: Plucks & Hammers - A mélange of music for guitar and piano
February 27, 12-1 p.m.
JAH Eakins Lounge

Physician Executive Leadership presents Dr. David Fajgenbaum
February 28, 6:30 p.m.
Connelly Auditorium, Hamilton Building

Philadelphia Public Health Grand Rounds: Gun Violence in Philadelphia: Actions and Solutions
February 28, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, 19 S. 22nd Street

Transitioning Traditions: Expanding Art Therapy’s Reach
Saturday, March 10, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Jefferson East Falls, 4201 Henry Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19144

Dual Face | Dwimuka: Didik Nini Thowok
Sunday, March 11, 7 p.m.
International House Philadelphia, Ibrahim Theater (3701 Chestnut St.)

Film Screening & Discussion: Transparency & Physician-Patient Communication- The Story of Lewis Blackman 
Presented by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement - Jefferson Chapter
Tuesday, March 20, 7-8 p.m., Jefferson Alumni Hall room 207

Dean's Concert Series: Jefferson Chamber Orchestra
Tuesday, March 20, 12-1 p.m., JAH Eakins Lounge

Creative Arts Therapies Week: Exploring Identity Through Creativity
Thursday, March 22, 5-7 p.m., Scott Library room 200A

Creative Arts Therapies Week: Zentangle Workshop
Friday, March 23, 12-1:30pm, Hamilton 226

Creative Arts Therapies Week: Create Your Own Zen Garden
Friday, March 23, 3-4:30pm, 833 Chestnut Street, Suite 210-A, Room B-01

Equal Means Equal: Film Screening and Dinner
Tuesday, March 27, 5:30-8 p.m., JAH Atrium

An Evening with Nick Cave
Thursday, March 29, 7 p.m., Hamilton Building-Connelly Auditorium

Health Ecologies Reading Group
Mondays, 12-1 p.m.
Scott Memorial Library, Room 200A and Jefferson Alumni Hall, Room M23

How Are We Free: Art Exhibition & Reception
Monday, April 2, 5:30 p.m., Scott Library room 200A

Creative Approaches to Self Care: Anxiety Management
Monday, April 2, 5-7 p.m., JAH M24

Jefferson Night at the Orchestra: Philadelphia Voices
Saturday, April 7, 6:30 p.m., Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Verizon Hall

Dean's Concert Series: WindSync
Tuesday, April 10, 12-1 p.m., JAH Eakins Lounge

"Mind Games:" A Unique Educational Event to Advance Relationship Violence and Abuse (RVA) Awareness
Sunday, April 15, 4 p.m., Kanbar Performance Space, East Falls Campus (4201 Henry Avenue)

NODA Presents: What Children Learn About Death from Film
Monday, April 16, 12-1 p.m., JAH 307

Health Ecologies Reading Group
Mondays, 12-1 p.m., JAH M23 and Scott Library room 200A

HUMANITIES WEEK:

Confronting Racism, Bias, and Social Injustice in Healthcare Lecture Series: Dorothy Roberts
Tuesday, April 24, 12-1 p.m., Connelly Auditorium, Hamilton Building

Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus
Tuesday, April 24, 6 p.m., Hamilton Building, Connelly Auditorium

A Celebration of the Humanities
Thursday, April 26, 6-7:30 p.m., Hamilton Lobby

Fusion: Innovation Across Disciplines 
Friday, April 27, 10-2 p.m., Hamilton Building, Connelly Auditorium and Conrady Lobby

Creative Approaches to Self Care: Connection With Self and Others
Monday, May 7, 5-7 p.m., Hamilton 224/225