Thomas Jefferson University

Past Events

2019-2020

July

Schwartz Rounds: When the Covid Crisis Hit Healthcare

Wednesday, July 29, 12-1 p.m., Zoom (register in Canvas, see instructions below)

The Schwartz Rounds program offers healthcare providers a regularly scheduled time during their fast-paced work lives to openly and honestly discuss the social and emotional issues they face in caring for patients and families. In contrast to traditional medical rounds, the focus is on the human dimension of medicine. Caregivers have an opportunity to share their experiences, thoughts and feelings on thought-provoking topics drawn from actual patient cases. The premise is that caregivers are better able to make personal connections with patients and colleagues when they have greater insight into their own responses and feelings.

Panelists from diverse disciplines participate in the sessions, including physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, allied health professionals and chaplains. After listening to a panel’s brief presentation on an identified case or topic, caregivers in the audience are invited to share their own perspectives on the case and broader related issues.

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. 

*Students may earn credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate by attending this event. If you would like to receive Asano Certificate credit for attending this event, please email Humanities Program Coordinator Matilda Ostow to confirm your attendance after the event.

Learning From Our History: Living Beyond the Walls of the Institution
Wednesday, July 22, 4:30-6 p.m.
Register for the virtual panel discussion here.

A facilitated virtual discussion about the obstacles to living beyond the walls of institutionalized settings, current issues in community-based services, and what the future might hold. This event is part of Disability Pride Philadelphia's month of events, workshops, and screenings in honor of Pride Month. Check out the rest of their July events here.

Facilitator: Guy Caruso, Western Coordinator, Institute on Disabilities at Temple University
Invited participants include:

  • Brenda Dare, self-advocate, Independent Living Project Manager for Transitional Paths to Independent Living
  • Jamie Ray-Leonetti, Associate Director of Policy, Institute on Disabilities at Temple University
  • Debbie Robinson, Executive Director, Speaking for Ourselves
  • Nancy Thaler, former Deputy Secretary for the Pennsylvania Office of Developmental Programs

*Students may earn credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate by attending this event. If you would like to receive Asano Certificate credit for attending this event, please email Humanities Program Coordinator Matilda Ostow to confirm your attendance.

Virtual Cooking with Vetri: Building a Soup or Stew

Tuesday, July 14, 5 p.m.

For Zoom link/instructions, email Angelina Seeney indicating which workshop(s) you would like to attend.

The Jefferson Recreation & Fitness Center is teaming up with Vetri Virtual Teaching Kitchen Collaboration to provide three FREE online cooking workshops this summer.

These programs will teach employees and students the basics of cooking in a fresh and healthy manner. You can choose to cook along with the chefs, or just watch and learn. You will be supplied with an ingredient list and a list of kitchen supplies you will need on hand.  

Upcoming workshops

Tuesday, August 18, 5 p.m.: A Guide to Stir Fry

If you are interested in joining us, please email Angelina Seeney, Assistant Director of Wellness Programs indicating which workshop or workshops you would like to attend. You will receive the Zoom meeting ID/password, a list of ingredients you will need, and a list of kitchen supplies to have on hand. 

*Students may earn credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate by attending this event. If you would like to receive Asano Certificate credit for attending this event, please e-mail Humanities Program Coordinator Matilda Ostow to confirm your attendance.

The Human Side of Healthcare: Medicine as Soul Work

Wednesday, July 1, 5-6 p.m.

Zoom instructions 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, The Human Side of Healthcare will explore the humanity behind the practice of medicine from the perspective of patients and healthcare professionals.

Each hour-long session will include a brief introduction to the topic followed by group discussion. There is no required reading and no commitment to attend all five sessions. This course is open to medical and nursing students and students in other allied health departments at Thomas Jefferson University.

Session 5: Medicine as Soul Work will ask:

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

Instructor: Donald M. Friedman, M.D. is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at SKMC.  He is a retired rheumatologist who was Chief of the Section of Rheumatology at Crozer-Chester Medical Center for 28 years. At SKMC, he has taught Introduction to Clinical Medicine and sessions on Professionalism and is currently a facilitator for CBL 1 and CBL 2. He has also facilitated the Healer’s Art at Jefferson for 10 years and is presently a Co-Director of the course. He has offered workshops at Jefferson on the art of Kintsugi, Japanese bowl repair, as a metaphor for self-compassion and self-acceptance.  Don has done professional training with Rachel Remen at RISHI (the Remen Institute for the Study of Health and Illness) and Christina Puchalski at GWish (George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health). He has also participated in workshops run by Animas Valley Institute, Omega Institute, Garrison Institute, Copper Beech Institute, and Kripalu Center.

Zoom link instructions: The Zoom link for each meeting is available in the "Jefferson Humanities & Health" organization on Blackboard. 

How to access the link:

  • Log on to Jefferson.blackboard.com with your Jefferson credentials.
  • Click the “Community” tab toward the top of the Blackboard home page.
  • In the Organization search box, search for “Humanities.”
  • On the results page, click on the downward arrow next to “JHH” and then click “Enroll.”

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

June

Friday, June 26, 1 p.m., online via Zoom (Every Friday)

Register HERE

Brought to you by the Student Counseling Center:

Learn practical coping skills to help you maintain mental health during this pandemic. Learn to distract, to be present with emotions, to accept, to make effective changes, to make healthy choices, and to live your values during this time of unprecedented stressors.

Facilitated by trainees (Masters-level clinicians working toward their doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology), from the Jefferson Center City Clinic for Behavorial Medicine run by Dr. Virginia O'Hayer. 

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

The Human Side of Healthcare: Characteristics of Effective Practitioners

Wednesday, June 24, 5-6 p.m.

Zoom instructions 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, The Human Side of Healthcare will explore the humanity behind the practice of medicine from the perspective of patients and healthcare professionals.

Each hour-long session will include a brief introduction to the topic followed by group discussion. There is no required reading and no commitment to attend all five sessions. This course is open to medical and nursing students and students in other allied health departments at Thomas Jefferson University.

Session 4: Characteristics of Effective Practitioners will ask:

  • What approaches to patient interactions can be healing? How do we as practitioners establish manful relationships with patients, no matter what our field of healthcare is?

Upcoming sessions:

Wednesday, July 1: Medicine as Soul Work

Instructor: Donald M. Friedman, M.D. is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at SKMC.  He is a retired rheumatologist who was Chief of the Section of Rheumatology at Crozer-Chester Medical Center for 28 years. At SKMC, he has taught Introduction to Clinical Medicine and sessions on Professionalism and is currently a facilitator for CBL 1 and CBL 2. He has also facilitated the Healer’s Art at Jefferson for 10 years and is presently a Co-Director of the course. He has offered workshops at Jefferson on the art of Kintsugi, Japanese bowl repair, as a metaphor for self-compassion and self-acceptance.  Don has done professional training with Rachel Remen at RISHI (the Remen Institute for the Study of Health and Illness) and Christina Puchalski at GWish (George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health). He has also participated in workshops run by Animas Valley Institute, Omega Institute, Garrison Institute, Copper Beech Institute, and Kripalu Center.

Zoom link instructions: The Zoom link for each meeting is available in the "Jefferson Humanities & Health" organization on Blackboard. 

How to access the link:

  • Log on to Jefferson.blackboard.com with your Jefferson credentials.
  • Click the “Community” tab toward the top of the Blackboard home page.
  • In the Organization search box, search for “Humanities.”
  • On the results page, click on the downward arrow next to “JHH” and then click “Enroll.”

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

"Exquisite Corpse"

Tuesday, June 23, 5-6 p.m.

Zoom instructions below

“Exquisite corpse” is a drawing game invented by Surrealist artists in the early 1900s. One person draws a head, then conceals her work before passing the sheet of paper on to the next person who draws the figure’s torso. The second person then conceals everything and passes the sheet of paper on to a third person who draws the figure’s legs.  The goal is to use collaboration as a creative tool to generate an image that one could never think up on their own. The final outcomes are meant to be absurd and surprising, and absolutely no artistic experience is needed. 

In this fun, low-key session, we'll create several exquisite corpses virtually. All you'll need is white paper (any scrap of computer paper or the back of an envelope will do), a dark-colored pen, and a smartphone. 

Facilitator: Julia Clift is a Philadelphia-based artist, educator, and writer. Her paintings and drawings have been exhibited in numerous locations, including Arnot Art Museum, Gross McCleaf Gallery, and Fleisher Art Memorial, and are held in the permanent collection of Wythe Hotel (Brooklyn, NY). In 2016, she received a Barbara Deming Memorial Fund Grant for her Woman Drawings series. She has taught painting and drawing at Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Maryland Institute College of Art, and Thomas Jefferson University (Visualizing Anatomy humanities selective). 

Zoom link instructions: The Zoom link for each meeting is available in the "Jefferson Humanities & Health" organization on Blackboard. 

How to access the link:

  • Log on to Jefferson.blackboard.com with your Jefferson credentials.
  • Click the “Community” tab toward the top of the Blackboard home page.
  • In the Organization search box, search for “Humanities.”
  • On the results page, click on the downward arrow next to “JHH” and then click “Enroll.”

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

Sunday, June 21, 1:30-4 p.m., Love Park (16th Street and JFK Boulevard)

Learn more on Facebook

Join members of the local Black and LGBTQ+ communities, those who intersect both (and/or more) identities, and allies to march in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in Philadelphia. Stand with us as we center and celebrate the intersection of the Black and LGBTQ+ communities. Recommit to the fundamental principles that guided the first “Pride” which took place 50 years ago with the Stonewall Riots. Listen to speakers who will share out personal perspectives and emphasize the importance of equality and visibility for all, but especially our Black and Brown siblings.

Black people across Philadelphia and throughout America -- many of whom are LGBTQ+ -- are systematically oppressed. Even more so, our Black Queer and Trans siblings are often erased from the narrative. Here in Philadelphia’s own LGBTQ+ community, we can not deny that anti-Blackness and racism persists. In the spirit of leaders like Marsha P. Johnson, the movement for long-overdue social change in America is being led by communities of color.

As members of LGBTQ+ communities from many races, faiths, abilities, and generations, we know that the only way to eradicate racism and it's resulting symptoms of discrimination, harassment, and violence is to speak out and demand systemic change.  Recommit to pride. March for Black Lives!

NOTE: This is a peaceful event, is unpermitted and will *not* be coordinated with law enforcement. Social distancing, wearing masks and taking other COVID-19 health and safety precautions is essential at this event.

Saturday, June 20, 12-5 p.m., online via Zoom or Facebook Live
Zoom Meeting ID: 988 9016 9432
Password: 538593
Facebook Live

Participate in the Johnson House's free 14th annual Juneteenth celebration, virtually! Festivities include: exploring the history and importance of Juneteenth, dramatic presentation, a virtual tour of the Johnson House, panel discussions, and more. Music provided by Philly's own DJ Groove.
Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated day to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States, and 2020 represents the 155th Anniversary of this historic event. 
The Johnson House Historic Site, Inc. is Philadelphia’s only accessible and intact stop on the Underground Railroad. During the 19th century, and for several generations beyond, The Johnson House was owned by a family of Quaker abolitionists who worked with other European Americans, and African Americans — free and enslaved, to secure safe passage to freedom along the extensive network of clandestine routes and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad.

Saturday, June 20, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., online via Zoom or Facebook Live

Register HERE (free)

Join the African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) in celebration and reflection at their Juneteenth 2020 Virtual Festival! 2020 marks Pennsylvania’s first "official" statewide observance of Juneteenth, the African American holiday which originated in 1865 when the news of emancipation finally reached Galveston, Texas. This Juneteenth we will Celebrate the Diaspora by showcasing performances, fun activities, and public dialogues for all ages that highlight current and historic Diasporic connections across the globe. Artists, scholars and activists will discuss the 15th and 19th Amendments and the evolution of the Black Vote, Immigrant Heritage Month, and the immense contributions members of the African Diaspora make to the Philadelphia and worldwide cultural landscape.

Juneteenth 2020 Virtual Festival: Celebrate the Diaspora is presented by the African American Museum in Philadelphia in close partnership with WURD, African Cultural Alliance of North America (ACANA), Coalition of African and Caribbean Communities- Philadelphia (AFRICOM), Office of Immigrant Affairs- City of Philadelphia, and Pennsylvania Juneteenth Coalition (PAJC).

Friday, June 19, 1 p.m., online via Zoom (Every Friday)

Register HERE

Brought to you by the Student Counseling Center:

Learn practical coping skills to help you maintain mental health during this pandemic. Learn to distract, to be present with emotions, to accept, to make effective changes, to make healthy choices, and to live your values during this time of unprecedented stressors.

Facilitated by trainees (Masters-level clinicians working toward their doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology), from the Jefferson Center City Clinic for Behavorial Medicine run by Dr. Virginia O'Hayer. 

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

The Human Side of Healthcare: Listening as an Integral Part of Medicine

Wednesday, June 17, 5-6 p.m.

Zoom instructions 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, The Human Side of Healthcare will explore the humanity behind the practice of medicine from the perspective of patients and healthcare professionals.

Each hour-long session will include a brief introduction to the topic followed by group discussion. There is no required reading and no commitment to attend all five sessions. This course is open to medical and nursing students and students in other allied health departments at Thomas Jefferson University.

Session 3: Listening as an Integral Part of Medicine will ask:

  • What constitutes good listening? How you you accomplish it? What are its benefits to both patient and practitioner?

Upcoming sessions:

Wednesday, June 24: Characteristics of Effective Practitioners

Wednesday, July 1: Medicine as Soul Work

Instructor: Donald M. Friedman, M.D. is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at SKMC.  He is a retired rheumatologist who was Chief of the Section of Rheumatology at Crozer-Chester Medical Center for 28 years. At SKMC, he has taught Introduction to Clinical Medicine and sessions on Professionalism and is currently a facilitator for CBL 1 and CBL 2. He has also facilitated the Healer’s Art at Jefferson for 10 years and is presently a Co-Director of the course. He has offered workshops at Jefferson on the art of Kintsugi, Japanese bowl repair, as a metaphor for self-compassion and self-acceptance.  Don has done professional training with Rachel Remen at RISHI (the Remen Institute for the Study of Health and Illness) and Christina Puchalski at GWish (George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health). He has also participated in workshops run by Animas Valley Institute, Omega Institute, Garrison Institute, Copper Beech Institute, and Kripalu Center.

Zoom link instructions: The Zoom link for each meeting is available in the "Jefferson Humanities & Health" organization on Blackboard. 

How to access the link:

  • Log on to Jefferson.blackboard.com with your Jefferson credentials.
  • Click the “Community” tab toward the top of the Blackboard home page.
  • In the Organization search box, search for “Humanities.”
  • On the results page, click on the downward arrow next to “JHH” and then click “Enroll.”

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

Virtual Cooking with Vetri: Knife Skill Salad & Stocking Your Pantry

Tuesday, June 16, 5 p.m.

For Zoom link/instructions, email Angelina Seeney indicating which workshop(s) you would like to attend.

The Jefferson Recreation & Fitness Center is teaming up with Vetri Virtual Teaching Kitchen Collaboration to provide three FREE online cooking workshops this summer.

These programs will teach employees and students the basics of cooking in a fresh and healthy manner. You can choose to cook along with the chefs, or just watch and learn. You will be supplied with an ingredient list and a list of kitchen supplies you will need on hand.  

Upcoming workshops

Tuesday, July 14, 5 p.m.: Building a Soup or Stew

Tuesday, August 18, 5 p.m.: A Guide to Stir Fry

If you are interested in joining us, please email Angelina Seeney, Assistant Director of Wellness Programs indicating which workshop or workshops you would like to attend. You will receive the Zoom meeting ID/password, a list of ingredients you will need, and a list of kitchen supplies to have on hand. 

*Students may earn credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate by attending this event. If you would like to receive Asano Certificate credit for attending this event, please e-mail Humanities Program Coordinator Matilda Ostow to confirm your attendance.

Friday, June 12, 3 p.m.

Online via Zoom: Register HERE

Join Lisette Martinez, Jefferson’s Chief Diversity Officer, for a B.R.A.V.E Conversation to process the recent killings of Black people by the police and discuss racism, equity, and inclusion with the context of Jefferson.

Martinez writes:

"It is okay to talk about these events together and share our feelings of anger and sadness that can sometimes be overwhelming.  My job, in this moment and at this time - is to listen and provide a safe space for you to share your thoughts and feelings in a small group setting.  And from a productive dialogue, together, we can build a thoughtful path forward with the tools to cultivate a culture of inclusion that resonates with ALL of our diverse communities. The conversation starts now. Email us at enterprisediversity@jefferson.edu. We want to hear from you."

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

Friday, June 12, 1 p.m., online via Zoom (Every Friday)

Register HERE

Brought to you by the Student Counseling Center:

Learn practical coping skills to help you maintain mental health during this pandemic. Learn to distract, to be present with emotions, to accept, to make effective changes, to make healthy choices, and to live your values during this time of unprecedented stressors.

Facilitated by trainees (Masters-level clinicians working toward their doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology), from the Jefferson Center City Clinic for Behavorial Medicine run by Dr. Virginia O'Hayer. 

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

Wednesday, June 10, 6 p.m.
Online: Register HERE

The Philadelphia Citizen is hosting a town hall on healthcare disparity, how Covid-19 has made more stark the differences in health and healthcare among black and white Philadelphians, and what can be done to shift these systems of inequity. Dr. Ala Sanford, a pediatric surgeon at Abington-Jefferson Health, and founder of the Black Doctors Covid-19 Consortium that has tested thousands of Black people in Philadelphia for Covid-19 for free, will be in conversation with Dr. Stephen Klasko, CEO of Jefferson Health who has long called attention to and worked to combat racial disparities in healthcare. 

The Human Side of Healthcare: Spirituality and Healthcare

Wednesday, June 10, 5-6 p.m.

Zoom instructions 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, The Human Side of Healthcare will explore the humanity behind the practice of medicine from the perspective of patients and healthcare professionals.

Each hour-long session will include a brief introduction to the topic followed by group discussion. There is no required reading and no commitment to attend all five sessions. This course is open to medical and nursing students and students in other allied health departments at Thomas Jefferson University.

Session 2: Spirituality and Healthcare will ask:

  • Why is spirituality an important part of patient care? How do you take a spiritual history?

Upcoming sessions:

Wednesday, June 17: Listening as an Integral Part of Medicine

Wednesday, June 24: Characteristics of Effective Practitioners

Wednesday, July 1: Medicine as Soul Work

Instructor: Donald M. Friedman, M.D. is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at SKMC.  He is a retired rheumatologist who was Chief of the Section of Rheumatology at Crozer-Chester Medical Center for 28 years. At SKMC, he has taught Introduction to Clinical Medicine and sessions on Professionalism and is currently a facilitator for CBL 1 and CBL 2. He has also facilitated the Healer’s Art at Jefferson for 10 years and is presently a Co-Director of the course. He has offered workshops at Jefferson on the art of Kintsugi, Japanese bowl repair, as a metaphor for self-compassion and self-acceptance.  Don has done professional training with Rachel Remen at RISHI (the Remen Institute for the Study of Health and Illness) and Christina Puchalski at GWish (George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health). He has also participated in workshops run by Animas Valley Institute, Omega Institute, Garrison Institute, Copper Beech Institute, and Kripalu Center.

Zoom link instructions: The Zoom link for each meeting is available in the "Jefferson Humanities & Health" organization on Blackboard. 

How to access the link:

  • Log on to Jefferson.blackboard.com with your Jefferson credentials.
  • Click the “Community” tab toward the top of the Blackboard home page.
  • In the Organization search box, search for “Humanities.”
  • On the results page, click on the downward arrow next to “JHH” and then click “Enroll.”

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

Wednesday, June 10, 3 p.m.

Online via Zoom: Register HERE

Join Lisette Martinez, Jefferson’s Chief Diversity Officer, for a B.R.A.V.E Conversation to process the recent killings of Black people by the police and discuss racism, equity, and inclusion with the context of Jefferson.

Martinez writes:

"It is okay to talk about these events together and share our feelings of anger and sadness that can sometimes be overwhelming.  My job, in this moment and at this time - is to listen and provide a safe space for you to share your thoughts and feelings in a small group setting.  And from a productive dialogue, together, we can build a thoughtful path forward with the tools to cultivate a culture of inclusion that resonates with ALL of our diverse communities. The conversation starts now. Email us at enterprisediversity@jefferson.edu. We want to hear from you."

Upcoming B.R.A.V.E Conversations:

Friday, June 12, 3 p.m., register HERE

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

Monday, June 8, 3 p.m.

Online via Zoom: Register HERE

Join Lisette Martinez, Jefferson’s Chief Diversity Officer, for a B.R.A.V.E Conversation to process the recent killings of Black people by the police and discuss racism, equity, and inclusion with the context of Jefferson.

Martinez writes:

"It is okay to talk about these events together and share our feelings of anger and sadness that can sometimes be overwhelming.  My job, in this moment and at this time - is to listen and provide a safe space for you to share your thoughts and feelings in a small group setting.  And from a productive dialogue, together, we can build a thoughtful path forward with the tools to cultivate a culture of inclusion that resonates with ALL of our diverse communities. The conversation starts now. Email us at enterprisediversity@jefferson.edu. We want to hear from you."

Upcoming B.R.A.V.E Conversations:

Wednesday, June 10, 3 p.m., register HERE

Friday, June 12, 3 p.m., register HERE

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

Friday, June 5, 1 p.m., online via Zoom (Every Friday)

Register HERE

Brought to you by the Student Counseling Center:

Learn practical coping skills to help you maintain mental health during this pandemic. Learn to distract, to be present with emotions, to accept, to make effective changes, to make healthy choices, and to live your values during this time of unprecedented stressors.

Facilitated by trainees (Masters-level clinicians working toward their doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology), from the Jefferson Center City Clinic for Behavorial Medicine run by Dr. Virginia O'Hayer. 

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

Friday, June 5, 1 p.m.

Lubert Plaza, in front of the Hamilton Building (10th and Locust Street)

Join medical professionals from across the Greater Philadelphia area in kneeling for 9 minutes of silent remembrance. Please stand in solidarity with the SKMC chapters of SNMA, WC4BL, residents, faculty, and other community members as we take the time to reflect on the life of George Floyd and others who lost their lives unjustly and prematurely. We must acknowledge the effects of systemic and institutional racism in America. We recognize that racism is a public health crisis that translates into very real medical repercussions. We are here to listen, learn, and uplift. This is our lane. The organizers suggest that you wear your white coats or scrubs.

CANCELLED

Virtual Narrative Medicine Workshops

In the spirit of coming together while we are apart, we invite Jefferson students and employees to participate in virtual narrative medicine workshops.

Wednesdays, 6-7PM

April 8-June 3

Zoom instructions below 

Narrative medicine is a field that uses philosophy, art history, literary theory, critical race theory and creative writing to enhance the capacity for self-reflection on narratives of illness, trauma, disability and social injustice. 

These narrative medicine workshops will consist of the following: 

·       Doing a close reading of a text, work of art or film

·       Writing to a prompt generated by the text or media analyzed

·       Sharing written responses to the prompt with the group

·       Reflecting on the writing shared

The main aims of these workshops will be to offer the opportunity for individuals to connect and reflect together on care and the human condition, and provide a space of respite where we can metabolize the current moment in healthcare. 

Workshop facilitator Carly Slater is a rising third-year medical student at Sidney Kimmel Medical College and a graduate of the Narrative Medicine Master’s Degree Program at Columbia University. She has taught narrative medicine workshops and presented at narrative medicine conferences in the U.S. and in Italy for the past seven years. Her educational background also includes a Master's in Italian Literary Studies from Middlebury College and a Bachelor's Degree in Hispanic Studies from Columbia University.

Zoom link instructions: The Zoom link for each meeting is available in the Jefferson Humanities & Health organization on Blackboard. 

How to access the link:

·       Log on to Jefferson.blackboard.com with your Jefferson credentials.

·       Click the “Community” tab toward the top of the Blackboard home page.

·       In the Organization search box, search for “Humanities.”

·       On the results page, click on the downward arrow next to “JHH” and then click “Enroll.”

Questions?

Contact Carly Slater, SKMC ’22, Carly.Slater@jefferson.edu, or Megan Voeller, Director of Humanities, Office of Student Life & Engagement, Megan.Voeller@jefferson.edu

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

The Human Side of Healthcare: Mindful Self-Compassion                                                 

Wednesday, June 3, 5-6 p.m.

Zoom instructions 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, The Human Side of Healthcare will explore the humanity behind the practice of medicine from the perspective of patients and healthcare professionals.

Each hour-long session will include a brief introduction to the topic followed by group discussion. There is no required reading and no commitment to attend all five sessions. This course is open to medical and nursing students and students in other allied health departments at Thomas Jefferson University.

Session 1: Mindful Self-Compassion will ask:

  • What is mindful self-compassion? How do you practice it? What are its benefits?

Upcoming sessions:

Wednesday, June 10: Spirituality and Healthcare

Wednesday, June 17: Listening as an Integral Part of Medicine

Wednesday, June 24: Characteristics of Effective Practitioners

Wednesday, July 1: Medicine as Soul Work

Instructor: Donald M. Friedman, M.D. is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at SKMC.  He is a retired rheumatologist who was Chief of the Section of Rheumatology at Crozer-Chester Medical Center for 28 years. At SKMC, he has taught Introduction to Clinical Medicine and sessions on Professionalism and is currently a facilitator for CBL 1 and CBL 2. He has also facilitated the Healer’s Art at Jefferson for 10 years and is presently a Co-Director of the course. He has offered workshops at Jefferson on the art of Kintsugi, Japanese bowl repair, as a metaphor for self-compassion and self-acceptance.  Don has done professional training with Rachel Remen at RISHI (the Remen Institute for the Study of Health and Illness) and Christina Puchalski at GWish (George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health). He has also participated in workshops run by Animas Valley Institute, Omega Institute, Garrison Institute, Copper Beech Institute, and Kripalu Center.

Zoom link instructions: The Zoom link for each meeting is available in the "Jefferson Humanities & Health" organization on Blackboard. 

How to access the link:

  • Log on to Jefferson.blackboard.com with your Jefferson credentials.
  • Click the “Community” tab toward the top of the Blackboard home page.
  • In the Organization search box, search for “Humanities.”
  • On the results page, click on the downward arrow next to “JHH” and then click “Enroll.”

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

May

Friday, May 29, 1 p.m., online via Zoom (Every Friday)

Register HERE

Brought to you by the Student Counseling Center:

Learn practical coping skills to help you maintain mental health during this pandemic. Learn to distract, to be present with emotions, to accept, to make effective changes, to make healthy choices, and to live your values during this time of unprecedented stressors.

Facilitated by trainees (Masters-level clinicians working toward their doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology), from the Jefferson Center City Clinic for Behavorial Medicine run by Dr. Virginia O'Hayer. 

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

Virtual Narrative Medicine Workshops

In the spirit of coming together while we are apart, we invite Jefferson students and employees to participate in virtual narrative medicine workshops.

Wednesdays, 6-7PM

April 8-June 3

Zoom instructions below 

Narrative medicine is a field that uses philosophy, art history, literary theory, critical race theory and creative writing to enhance the capacity for self-reflection on narratives of illness, trauma, disability and social injustice. 

These narrative medicine workshops will consist of the following: 

·       Doing a close reading of a text, work of art or film

·       Writing to a prompt generated by the text or media analyzed

·       Sharing written responses to the prompt with the group

·       Reflecting on the writing shared

The main aims of these workshops will be to offer the opportunity for individuals to connect and reflect together on care and the human condition, and provide a space of respite where we can metabolize the current moment in healthcare. 

Workshop facilitator Carly Slater is a rising third-year medical student at Sidney Kimmel Medical College and a graduate of the Narrative Medicine Master’s Degree Program at Columbia University. She has taught narrative medicine workshops and presented at narrative medicine conferences in the U.S. and in Italy for the past seven years. Her educational background also includes a Master's in Italian Literary Studies from Middlebury College and a Bachelor's Degree in Hispanic Studies from Columbia University.

Zoom link instructions: The Zoom link for each meeting is available in the Jefferson Humanities & Health organization on Blackboard. 

How to access the link:

·       Log on to Jefferson.blackboard.com with your Jefferson credentials.

·       Click the “Community” tab toward the top of the Blackboard home page.

·       In the Organization search box, search for “Humanities.”

·       On the results page, click on the downward arrow next to “JHH” and then click “Enroll.”

Questions?

Contact Carly Slater, SKMC ’22, Carly.Slater@jefferson.edu, or Megan Voeller, Director of Humanities, Office of Student Life & Engagement, Megan.Voeller@jefferson.edu

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

Exploring Loneliness in Medicine

Wednesday, May 27, 12 p.m.

Zoom instructions below

Jefferson's student mental health group CHATT is creating an opportunity to discuss the impact that loneliness has on our patients, healthcare works as a whole, and ourselves. Our event will include a brief introduction to the science of loneliness and how it differs from social isolation, followed by reflective writing and open discussion. Come to explore the role of loneliness in medicine and leave with tangible skills that can help combat its many effects.

Facilitated by Jared Raikin, MS3, Sidney Kimmel Medical College.

About CHATT: CHATT is a program designed by students for students at Thomas Jefferson University to promote mental health awareness and discussion about mental health. It is comprised of students who wish to be a listening ear for peers who need additional support and would like someone to talk to about current concerns. 

Zoom link instructions: The Zoom link for each meeting is available in the "Jefferson Humanities & Health" organization on Blackboard. 

How to access the link:

  • Log on to Jefferson.blackboard.com with your Jefferson credentials.
  • Click the “Community” tab toward the top of the Blackboard home page.
  • In the Organization search box, search for “Humanities.”
  • On the results page, click on the downward arrow next to “JHH” and then click “Enroll.”

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

Affirmations & Gratitude

Wednesday, May 27, 12-12:30 p.m.,
online via Zoom

Register HERE

Brought to you by the Student Counseling Center, as part of the Wednesday Wellness Days series, providing short activities to help you relieve stress and increase your motivation.

Attend this workshop and create helpful affirmations to motivate you to reach your personal and academic goals. Also, create a gratitude jar to house daily gratitude reminders.

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

**Please note: This program is currently scheduled to take place online, due to university, city and state physical distancing guidelines.**

Calling all creative composers! The Summer Intensive Creative Workshop is designed for those of you with writing or other creative narrative projects in progress. Whether you're a poet, a fiction and essay writer, or a graphic and pictorial composer, you are encouraged to sign up! We all know the creative process can sometimes feel like a lonely and frustrating endeavor, so this workshop will be a place where you will share your work, give each other thoughtful feedback, find inspiration and connect with a supportive community.

Instructor: Katherine Hubbard, Teaching Lecturer in Writing, Jefferson East Falls

This workshop is open to new students, as well as to students who have previously completed Introduction to Creative Writing with instructor Kath Hubbard. The workshop is also open to Jefferson staff and faculty.

Class Format: This seminar meets every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday between May 26 and June 11 from 6-7:30 p.m. REGISTER HERE.

Friday, May 22, 1 p.m., online via Zoom (Every Friday)

Register HERE

Brought to you by the Student Counseling Center:

Learn practical coping skills to help you maintain mental health during this pandemic. Learn to distract, to be present with emotions, to accept, to make effective changes, to make healthy choices, and to live your values during this time of unprecedented stressors.

Facilitated by trainees (Masters-level clinicians working toward their doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology), from the Jefferson Center City Clinic for Behavorial Medicine run by Dr. Virginia O'Hayer. 

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

Virtual Narrative Medicine Workshops

In the spirit of coming together while we are apart, we invite Jefferson students and employees to participate in virtual narrative medicine workshops.

Wednesdays, 6-7PM

April 8-June 3

Zoom instructions below 

Narrative medicine is a field that uses philosophy, art history, literary theory, critical race theory and creative writing to enhance the capacity for self-reflection on narratives of illness, trauma, disability and social injustice. 

These narrative medicine workshops will consist of the following: 

·       Doing a close reading of a text, work of art or film

·       Writing to a prompt generated by the text or media analyzed

·       Sharing written responses to the prompt with the group

·       Reflecting on the writing shared

The main aims of these workshops will be to offer the opportunity for individuals to connect and reflect together on care and the human condition, and provide a space of respite where we can metabolize the current moment in healthcare. 

Workshop facilitator Carly Slater is a rising third-year medical student at Sidney Kimmel Medical College and a graduate of the Narrative Medicine Master’s Degree Program at Columbia University. She has taught narrative medicine workshops and presented at narrative medicine conferences in the U.S. and in Italy for the past seven years. Her educational background also includes a Master's in Italian Literary Studies from Middlebury College and a Bachelor's Degree in Hispanic Studies from Columbia University.

Zoom link instructions: The Zoom link for each meeting is available in the Jefferson Humanities & Health organization on Blackboard. 

How to access the link:

·       Log on to Jefferson.blackboard.com with your Jefferson credentials.

·       Click the “Community” tab toward the top of the Blackboard home page.

·       In the Organization search box, search for “Humanities.”

·       On the results page, click on the downward arrow next to “JHH” and then click “Enroll.”

Questions?

Contact Carly Slater, SKMC ’22, Carly.Slater@jefferson.edu, or Megan Voeller, Director of Humanities, Office of Student Life & Engagement, Megan.Voeller@jefferson.edu

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

Wednesday, May 20, 4 p.m., online via Zoom 

Register HERE

Brought to you by the Student Counseling Center:

As we approach major milestones and events that deserve celebrating multiple feelings might occur in acknowledging that celebrations might be different than you imagined. Attend this workshop and consider ways to manage the emotions associated with celebrating but also find ways to gain opportunities to celebrate in creative ways.

Facilitated by Dr Blue, Staff Psychologist, Student Counseling Center

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

Colorful Moments

Wednesday, May 20, 12-12:30 p.m.,
online via Zoom

Register HERE

Brought to you by the Student Counseling Center, as part of the Wednesday Wellness Days series, providing short activities to help you relieve stress and increase your motivation.

Attend this workshop and engage in a short and relaxing art activity.

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

Friday, May 15, 1 p.m., online via Zoom (Every Friday)

Register HERE

Brought to you by the Student Counseling Center:

Learn practical coping skills to help you maintain mental health during this pandemic. Learn to distract, to be present with emotions, to accept, to make effective changes, to make healthy choices, and to live your values during this time of unprecedented stressors.

Facilitated by trainees (Masters-level clinicians working toward their doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology), from the Jefferson Center City Clinic for Behavorial Medicine run by Dr. Virginia O'Hayer. 

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

Virtual Narrative Medicine Workshops

In the spirit of coming together while we are apart, we invite Jefferson students and employees to participate in virtual narrative medicine workshops.

Wednesdays, 6-7PM
April 8-June 3
Zoom instructions below 

Narrative medicine is a field that uses philosophy, art history, literary theory, critical race theory and creative writing to enhance the capacity for self-reflection on narratives of illness, trauma, disability and social injustice. 

These narrative medicine workshops will consist of the following: 

·       Doing a close reading of a text, work of art or film

·       Writing to a prompt generated by the text or media analyzed

·       Sharing written responses to the prompt with the group

·       Reflecting on the writing shared

The main aims of these workshops will be to offer the opportunity for individuals to connect and reflect together on care and the human condition, and provide a space of respite where we can metabolize the current moment in healthcare. 

Workshop facilitator Carly Slater is a rising third-year medical student at Sidney Kimmel Medical College and a graduate of the Narrative Medicine Master’s Degree Program at Columbia University. She has taught narrative medicine workshops and presented at narrative medicine conferences in the U.S. and in Italy for the past seven years. Her educational background also includes a Master's in Italian Literary Studies from Middlebury College and a Bachelor's Degree in Hispanic Studies from Columbia University.

Zoom link instructions: The Zoom link for each meeting is available in the Jefferson Humanities & Health organization on Blackboard. 

How to access the link:

·       Log on to Jefferson.blackboard.com with your Jefferson credentials.

·       Click the “Community” tab toward the top of the Blackboard home page.

·       In the Organization search box, search for “Humanities.”

·       On the results page, click on the downward arrow next to “JHH” and then click “Enroll.”

Questions?

Contact Carly Slater, SKMC ’22, Carly.Slater@jefferson.edu, or Megan Voeller, Director of Humanities, Office of Student Life & Engagement, Megan.Voeller@jefferson.edu

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

Writing Prompts

Wednesday, May 13, 12-12:30 p.m.,
online via Zoom

Register HERE

Brought to you by the Student Counseling Center, as part of the Wednesday Wellness Days series, providing short activities to help you relieve stress and increase your motivation.

Attend this workshop and complete writing prompts to keep you motivated and enhance your mood.

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

Virtual Narrative Medicine Workshops

In the spirit of coming together while we are apart, we invite Jefferson students and employees to participate in virtual narrative medicine workshops.

Wednesdays, 6-7PM
April 8-June 3
Zoom instructions below 

Narrative medicine is a field that uses philosophy, art history, literary theory, critical race theory and creative writing to enhance the capacity for self-reflection on narratives of illness, trauma, disability and social injustice. 

These narrative medicine workshops will consist of the following: 

·       Doing a close reading of a text, work of art or film

·       Writing to a prompt generated by the text or media analyzed

·       Sharing written responses to the prompt with the group

·       Reflecting on the writing shared

The main aims of these workshops will be to offer the opportunity for individuals to connect and reflect together on care and the human condition, and provide a space of respite where we can metabolize the current moment in healthcare. 

Workshop facilitator Carly Slater is a rising third-year medical student at Sidney Kimmel Medical College and a graduate of the Narrative Medicine Master’s Degree Program at Columbia University. She has taught narrative medicine workshops and presented at narrative medicine conferences in the U.S. and in Italy for the past seven years. Her educational background also includes a Master's in Italian Literary Studies from Middlebury College and a Bachelor's Degree in Hispanic Studies from Columbia University.

Zoom link instructions: The Zoom link for each meeting is available in the Jefferson Humanities & Health organization on Blackboard. 

How to access the link:

·       Log on to Jefferson.blackboard.com with your Jefferson credentials.

·       Click the “Community” tab toward the top of the Blackboard home page.

·       In the Organization search box, search for “Humanities.”

·       On the results page, click on the downward arrow next to “JHH” and then click “Enroll.”

Questions?

Contact Carly Slater, SKMC ’22, Carly.Slater@jefferson.edu, or Megan Voeller, Director of Humanities, Office of Student Life & Engagement, Megan.Voeller@jefferson.edu

April

Thursday, April 30, 6-7 p.m.

Zoom instructions below

Join us for a reading of short plays written by Jefferson student participants in The Empathy Project with The Lantern Theater Company. This virtual event will include a welcome from Dr. Sal Mangione, SKMC, a handful of readings of short plays by Jefferson students, and a Q&A with program participants. Join us!

The Empathy Project, a collaboration between Jefferson and Lantern Theater Company initiated by Sidney Kimmel Medical College faculty member Salvatore Mangione, MD, seeks to foster empathy and tolerance for ambiguity among health professions students using the tools and techniques of the theatrical form. The project consists of a series of workshops designed to introduce the theatrical form, explore the basic tools of actors and playwrights, and guide participants through the writing and staging of original short plays.

Zoom link instructions: The Zoom link for the event is available in the Jefferson Humanities & Health organization on Blackboard.

How to access the link:

  • Log on to Jefferson.blackboard.com with your Jefferson credentials.
  • Click the “Community” tab toward the top of the Blackboard home page 
  • In the Organization search box, search for “Humanities."
  • On the results page, click on the downward arrow next to “JHH” and then click “Enroll.”

Questions? Contact Megan Voeller, Director of Humanities, Office of Student Life & Engagement, Megan.Voeller@jefferson.edu.

Wednesday, April 29, 7-9 p.m.

Access the event under Live Events on the Wellness Tips website HERE.

Join Jefferson and the amazing students of JeffSOAR this Sexual Assault Awareness Month for a virtual Take Back The Night! Student representatives from community and local instituations will read aloud messages from survivors to give voice to the complexities, struggles, and triumphs of healing in the wake of sexual violence. Community members are invited to submit testimonies by Friday, April 24 by either emailing titleix@jefferson.edu or anonymously by filling out the form available here. To access this virtual event, a link will be available under the Live Events section of the Wellness Programming and Resources website.

Virtual Narrative Medicine Workshops

In the spirit of coming together while we are apart, we invite Jefferson students and employees to participate in virtual narrative medicine workshops.

Wednesdays, 6-7PM

April 8-June 3

Zoom instructions below 

Narrative medicine is a field that uses philosophy, art history, literary theory, critical race theory and creative writing to enhance the capacity for self-reflection on narratives of illness, trauma, disability and social injustice. 

These narrative medicine workshops will consist of the following: 

·       Doing a close reading of a text, work of art or film

·       Writing to a prompt generated by the text or media analyzed

·       Sharing written responses to the prompt with the group

·       Reflecting on the writing shared

The main aims of these workshops will be to offer the opportunity for individuals to connect and reflect together on care and the human condition, and provide a space of respite where we can metabolize the current moment in healthcare. 

Workshop facilitator Carly Slater is a rising third-year medical student at Sidney Kimmel Medical College and a graduate of the Narrative Medicine Master’s Degree Program at Columbia University. She has taught narrative medicine workshops and presented at narrative medicine conferences in the U.S. and in Italy for the past seven years. Her educational background also includes a Master's in Italian Literary Studies from Middlebury College and a Bachelor's Degree in Hispanic Studies from Columbia University.

Zoom link instructions: The Zoom link for each meeting is available in the Jefferson Humanities & Health organization on Blackboard. 

How to access the link:

·       Log on to Jefferson.blackboard.com with your Jefferson credentials.

·       Click the “Community” tab toward the top of the Blackboard home page.

·       In the Organization search box, search for “Humanities.”

·       On the results page, click on the downward arrow next to “JHH” and then click “Enroll.”

Questions?

Contact Carly Slater, SKMC ’22, Carly.Slater@jefferson.edu, or Megan Voeller, Director of Humanities, Office of Student Life & Engagement, Megan.Voeller@jefferson.edu

Tuesday, April 28, 4 p.m.

Access the webinar under Live Events on the Wellness Tips website HERE.

Please join the University’s Title IX Coordinator for a “Talk with Title IX” webinar where questions you have regarding Title IX, the University’s resources and supports available, or topics you’d like to learn about can be submitted in advance by emailing titleix@jefferson.edu by Friday, April 24. Join us for a casual conversation and learn about the options and resources available to students, faculty, and staff.  The webinar will go live at 4 p.m. and the link to join will be available under the Live Events section of the Wellness Programming and Resources website. Also, keep an eye out for an Instagram Title IX Takeover at the end of the month by following @Jeffersonuniv on Instagram where you will have the opportunity to ask more questions, receive information about sexual assault, its prevalence, resources available, and what you can do to prevent sexual violence.

Register for the Virtual screening of "Nameless" HERE.

Tuesday, April 28, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

As April is both Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Child Abuse Prevention Month, the national organization Men Can Stop Rape will offer two digital screenings of “Nameless,” a documentary about child sex trafficking. The screening will be held on Tuesday, April 28, from 1 p.m.–2:30 p.m., followed by a Twitter town hall. You can register to join this important conversation HERE.

Monday, April 27, 1 p.m.

Access the workshop under Live Events on the Wellness Tips website HERE.

Self-care is important now more than ever as we navigate these uncertain times. We recognize that the situation surrounding COVID-19 is stressful for all and survivors of sexual and gender-based violence, those suffering from PTSD, depression, or anxiety may feel even more isolated. Please join Dr. Shawn Blue with the Student Personal Counseling Center and Title IX Coordinator Katie Colgan Vodzak for a virtual workshop to learn some helpful tips for your own self-care and ways to support and connect with the survivors in our lives. The workshop will go live at 1 p.m. and the link to join will be available under the Live Events section of the Wellness Programming and Resources website where you can find more information about staying healthy and well during the pandemic.

Virtual Narrative Medicine Workshops

In the spirit of coming together while we are apart, we invite Jefferson students and employees to participate in virtual narrative medicine workshops.

Wednesdays, 6-7PM
April 8-June 3
Zoom instructions below 

Narrative medicine is a field that uses philosophy, art history, literary theory, critical race theory and creative writing to enhance the capacity for self-reflection on narratives of illness, trauma, disability and social injustice. 

These narrative medicine workshops will consist of the following: 

·       Doing a close reading of a text, work of art or film

·       Writing to a prompt generated by the text or media analyzed

·       Sharing written responses to the prompt with the group

·       Reflecting on the writing shared

The main aims of these workshops will be to offer the opportunity for individuals to connect and reflect together on care and the human condition, and provide a space of respite where we can metabolize the current moment in healthcare. 

Workshop facilitator Carly Slater is a rising third-year medical student at Sidney Kimmel Medical College and a graduate of the Narrative Medicine Master’s Degree Program at Columbia University. She has taught narrative medicine workshops and presented at narrative medicine conferences in the U.S. and in Italy for the past seven years. Her educational background also includes a Master's in Italian Literary Studies from Middlebury College and a Bachelor's Degree in Hispanic Studies from Columbia University.

Zoom link instructions: The Zoom link for each meeting is available in the Jefferson Humanities & Health organization on Blackboard. 

How to access the link:

·       Log on to Jefferson.blackboard.com with your Jefferson credentials.

·       Click the “Community” tab toward the top of the Blackboard home page.

·       In the Organization search box, search for “Humanities.”

·       On the results page, click on the downward arrow next to “JHH” and then click “Enroll.”

Questions?

Contact Carly Slater, SKMC ’22, Carly.Slater@jefferson.edu, or Megan Voeller, Director of Humanities, Office of Student Life & Engagement, Megan.Voeller@jefferson.edu

Virtual Narrative Medicine Workshops

In the spirit of coming together while we are apart, we invite Jefferson students and employees to participate in virtual narrative medicine workshops.

Wednesdays, 6-7PM

April 8-June 3

Zoom instructions below 

Narrative medicine is a field that uses philosophy, art history, literary theory, critical race theory and creative writing to enhance the capacity for self-reflection on narratives of illness, trauma, disability and social injustice. 

These narrative medicine workshops will consist of the following: 

·       Doing a close reading of a text, work of art or film

·       Writing to a prompt generated by the text or media analyzed

·       Sharing written responses to the prompt with the group

·       Reflecting on the writing shared

The main aims of these workshops will be to offer the opportunity for individuals to connect and reflect together on care and the human condition, and provide a space of respite where we can metabolize the current moment in healthcare. 

Workshop facilitator Carly Slater is a rising third-year medical student at Sidney Kimmel Medical College and a graduate of the Narrative Medicine Master’s Degree Program at Columbia University. She has taught narrative medicine workshops and presented at narrative medicine conferences in the U.S. and in Italy for the past seven years. Her educational background also includes a Master's in Italian Literary Studies from Middlebury College and a Bachelor's Degree in Hispanic Studies from Columbia University.

Zoom link instructions: The Zoom link for each meeting is available in the Jefferson Humanities & Health organization on Blackboard. 

How to access the link:

·       Log on to Jefferson.blackboard.com with your Jefferson credentials.

·       Click the “Community” tab toward the top of the Blackboard home page.

·       In the Organization search box, search for “Humanities.”

·       On the results page, click on the downward arrow next to “JHH” and then click “Enroll.”

Questions?

Contact Carly Slater, SKMC ’22, Carly.Slater@jefferson.edu, or Megan Voeller, Director of Humanities, Office of Student Life & Engagement, Megan.Voeller@jefferson.edu

Virtual Narrative Medicine Workshops

In the spirit of coming together while we are apart, we invite Jefferson students and employees to participate in virtual narrative medicine workshops.

Wednesdays, 6-7PM

April 8-June 3

Zoom instructions below 

Narrative medicine is a field that uses philosophy, art history, literary theory, critical race theory and creative writing to enhance the capacity for self-reflection on narratives of illness, trauma, disability and social injustice. 

These narrative medicine workshops will consist of the following: 

·       Doing a close reading of a text, work of art or film

·       Writing to a prompt generated by the text or media analyzed

·       Sharing written responses to the prompt with the group

·       Reflecting on the writing shared

The main aims of these workshops will be to offer the opportunity for individuals to connect and reflect together on care and the human condition, and provide a space of respite where we can metabolize the current moment in healthcare. 

Workshop facilitator Carly Slater is a rising third-year medical student at Sidney Kimmel Medical College and a graduate of the Narrative Medicine Master’s Degree Program at Columbia University. She has taught narrative medicine workshops and presented at narrative medicine conferences in the U.S. and in Italy for the past seven years. Her educational background also includes a Master's in Italian Literary Studies from Middlebury College and a Bachelor's Degree in Hispanic Studies from Columbia University.

Zoom link instructions: The Zoom link for each meeting is available in the Jefferson Humanities & Health organization on Blackboard. 

How to access the link:

·       Log on to Jefferson.blackboard.com with your Jefferson credentials.

·       Click the “Community” tab toward the top of the Blackboard home page.

·       In the Organization search box, search for “Humanities.”

·       On the results page, click on the downward arrow next to “JHH” and then click “Enroll.”

Questions?

Contact Carly Slater, SKMC ’22, Carly.Slater@jefferson.edu, or Megan Voeller, Director of Humanities, Office of Student Life & Engagement, Megan.Voeller@jefferson.edu

Monday, April 6, 12-1 p.m., ONLINE

Note: The reading group will be conducted via Zoom conference call. To be included on the Zoom call, email Megan.Voeller@jefferson.edu. 

Open to all Jefferson students, faculty and staff. 

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

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

April 6 Reading: Michelle Chen, “Bodies Against Borders,” in Not That Bad, edited by Roxane Gay (Harper Perennial, 2018), pgs. 189-202.

March

Monday, March 30, 12-1 p.m., ONLINE

Note: The reading group will be conducted via Zoom conference call. To be included on the Zoom call, email Megan.Voeller@jefferson.edu. 

Open to all Jefferson students, faculty and staff. 

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

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

March 30 Reading: Claire Schwartz, “& the Truth Is, I Have No Story,” in Not That Bad, edited by Roxane Gay (Harper Perennial, 2018), pgs. 33-47.

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

***Due to safety measures related to the COVID-19 respiratory disease, the Jefferson Humanities Forum with author Michael Chabon is POSTPONED. We anticipate rescheduling Mr. Chabon’s visit for the 2020-2021 academic year. Thank you for your understanding.***

 

Tuesday, March 25, 12-1 p.m., Connelly Auditorium, Dorrance H. Hamilton Building, 1001 Locust Street

Novelist, short story writer, and screenwriter Michael Chabon joins the Jefferson Humanities Forum to discuss the relationship between writing, memory, family, and fiction. Chabon is the author of numerous bestselling and award-receiving books, including his 2016 novel Moonglow, a fictionalized chronicle of his grandfather’s life, and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. His works often explore themes of fatherhood, nostalgia, and Jewish identity. Off the page, Chabon has lectured widely on topics including the art and craft of writing and the tradition of Jewish fiction. Most recently, he co-wrote the Netflix mini-series Unbelievable, and helped develop the script for Star Trek: Picard, for which he is also an executive producer.



Register for the forum HERE.

Each academic year, the Jefferson Humanities Forum explores a thought-provoking theme from a wide range of perspectives, inviting reflection and action around how we improve lives. During 2019-2020, the Jefferson Humanities Forum investigates the theme Memory.

This event and all Jefferson Humanities Forum events are open to the public. Lunch provided; first-come, first-served. This event is co-sponsored by Jefferson Humanities & Health and the College of Humanities & Sciences as part of their Dietrich V. Asten Lecture Series.

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

Monday, March 23, 12-1 p.m., ONLINE 

Note: The reading group will be conducted via Zoom conference call. To be included on the Zoom call, email Megan.Voeller@jefferson.edu. 

Open to all Jefferson students, faculty and staff. 

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

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

March 23 Reading: David S. Jones, “History in a Crisis — Lessons for Covid-19,” in The New England Journal of Medicine, March 2020.

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

Tuesday, March 17, 7 p.m., Black Box Theater, Philadelphia Film Center, 1412 Chestnut Street

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

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

For They Know Not What They Do examines the intersection of religion, sexual orientation and gender identity in America. In the wake of the Supreme Court case legalizing marriage equality, the Right has launched a new campaign to limit the rights of LGBTQ citizens across the country.  In collaboration with religious conservatives, politicians are invoking both the Bible and the U.S. Constitution in their arguments for the 'religious freedom' to openly discriminate. By telling the stories of four families struggling with these issues, FTKNWTD offers healing, clarity and understanding to those caught in the crosshairs of scripture, sexuality, and identity.  

Following the screening, subjects Elliot Porcher and Coleen Stevens Porcher will join us for a Q&A and discussion, moderated by Reverend Washington-Leapheart, the Director for Faith-Based and Interfaith Affairs through the City of Philadelphia.

About the Moderator:

Reverend Naomi Washington-Leapheart, a daughter of Detroit, is the Director for Faith-Based and Interfaith Affairs for the city of Philadelphia. In this role, she serves as a public facing leader, liaison and subject matter expert for the Mayor’s Office on local and national matters that impact diverse communities of faith. She also manages the Mayor’s Commission on Interfaith Affairs.     

Naomi is also an adjunct professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Villanova University, with joint affiliations with the University’s Center for Peace and Justice Education and Africana Studies program. In 2019, Naomi received the Pohlhaus-Stracciolini Award for Teaching Excellence, which recognizes an adjunct faculty member at Villanova who demonstrates a commitment to the life of the mind and to the well-being of students through teaching that is intellectually stimulating, challenging, and accessible, with efforts extending beyond the classroom.

Prior to her mayoral appointment, Naomi served as the Faith Work Director for the National LGBTQ Task Force, the country's oldest national LGBTQ justice and equality group. In that role, she coordinated the Task Force's public faith messaging and advocacy and leadership development work in faith communities.

Before joining the Task Force, Naomi was a faith organizer for POWER, a multi-faith, multi-racial network of congregations in Southeastern and Central Pennsylvania. She also served as Co-Pastor and Minister of Music at the Wisdom's Table at St. Peter's United Church of Christ. An ordained minister, she earned the Master of Divinity degree from Lancaster Theological Seminary in 2016 and is proudly affiliated with the Fellowship of Affirming Ministries. In 2019, Naomi was named one of 9 LGBTQ Faith Leaders to Watch by the Center for American Progress and was included in The Root 100, an annual list of the nation’s most influential African-Americans, ages 25-45. Naomi shares her life with her wife and their curious, energetic, future-Oscar-winning teenager.

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

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

Monday, March 16, 12-1 p.m., ONLINE

Note: The reading group will be conducted via Zoom conference call. To be included on the Zoom call, email Megan.Voeller@jefferson.edu. 

Open to all Jefferson students, faculty and staff.

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

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

March 16 Reading: Allison B. Kavey, "A Brief History of Love: A Rationale for the History of Epidemics," in Health Humanities Reader (New Brunswick, NJ, and London: Rutgers University Press, 2016), pgs. 430-441. 

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

East Wind Ensemble
Tuesday, March 10, 12-1 p.m., Eakins Lounge

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

The Tuesdays @ Twelve Dean's Concert Series is an annual program that presents six unique performances throughout the year. Each performance features talented musicians from Philadelphia and beyond. Join us as we discover the passion and irresistible charm of a traditional Korean percussion ensemble. The East Wind Ensemble began as a samulnori group and continues to explore and create new music for the traditional percussion instruments.

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

Monday, March 9, 5-7 p.m., BLSB 101

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

Truly accepting ourselves requires a letting go of judgments and longings that impede our capacity for leading fulfilling lives. In this workshop, through art and writing, we will explore how to become comfortable with the process – what tools we have and how to retrieve them when they seem to be missing.

Instructor: Sondra Rosenberg, ATR-BC

About Creative Approaches to Self-Care:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, March 3, 7 p.m., Louis Bluver Theatre at The Drake, 302 South Hicks Street

Play reading: People, by Alan Bennett

Inis Nua’s 2019-2020 Reading Series shines a light on stories of growing old and the elderly. Three different contemporary plays from the UK and Ireland each look at the issue through a different lens. In People, by Alan Bennett, Dame Stacpoole has to decide what to do with her dilapidated country house: turn it into a museum, sell it to the highest bidder, or make it a filming location…for porn. A witty look at how we value old belongings, but not old people from one of Britain’s greatest living playwrights.

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

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

February

Saturday, February 29, 1-3 p.m., The Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street

Room: 106AB

How does gardening affect health, wellness, and overall quality of life? The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS), a non-profit organization, will be providing us with a brief lecture illustrating the relationship between gardening and health at the individual and community level! They will discuss the ways in which gardening impacts food access, social support networks, and other social determinants of health, and how PHS and its partners are working to address community health needs. After the lecture, participants are invited to explore the blooming world of the 2020 Flower Show, “Riviera Holiday.” This ticketed event is open to Jefferson students and staff; pre-registration is required. Light refreshments will be provided.



Register for the lecture and visit HERE.

The Flower Show Lecture & Visit is co-presented by Jefferson Recreation & Fitness and Jefferson Humanities & Health.

**Important note** Registration is required to receive a ticket. In the event that you can no longer attend the performance, please inform the Office of Student Life and Engagement-Humanities at least 24 hours in advance so that your space may be made available to another student. Any cancellations less than 24 hours in advance or no-shows will result in a $25 hold attached to your student account.

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

Friday, February 28, 7:30-9 p.m., The Wilma Theater, 265 S Broad St.

As part of our yearlong series of memory-themed events, we invite Jefferson students to the Wilma production of Renaissance in the Belly of a Killer Whale, a fusion of theater, dance, song and spoken word poetry. Narrating a journey through the streets and landmarks of Harlem, Bridget, Shayla and Toni share stories of how gentrification is changing the culture of their neighborhood.

Renaissance premiered at the American Negro Theatre at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in 2011. Renaissance has received dozens of presentations across the Northeast, most recently a successful limited engagement at Theater Horizon.

Register for the performance HERE.

Registration is required to receive a ticket. In the event that you can no longer attend the performance, please inform the Office of Student Life and Engagement-Humanities at least 24 hours in advance so that your space may be made available to another student. Any cancellations less than 24 hours in advance or no-shows will result in a $25 hold attached to your student account.

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

Wednesday, February 26, 12-1 p.m., Connelly Auditorium, Hamilton Building

Schwartz Center Rounds were developed by the Kenneth B. Schwartz Center to support and advance healthcare in which caregivers (i.e., healthcare professionals), patients, and their families relate to one another in a way that provides hope to the patient, support to caregivers and sustenance to the healing process. Schwartz Center Rounds are now offered in hospitals across the country and are designed to enhance communication and promote teamwork among healthcare professionals. Each monthly session includes a 10- to 15-minute panel presentation followed by open discussion. This open discussion will allow providers from diverse disciplines to share experiences, thoughts and feelings in a confidential, safe environment. 

The Schwartz Center Rounds at Jefferson are made possible through the work of a Jefferson interprofessional planning committee, established by the Six Sigma Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) workgroup, the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University and the Palliative Care Consultation Service.

Schwartz Center Rounds are held the fourth Wednesday of every month. A light lunch will be served.

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

Monday, February 24, 12-1 p.m., Scott Memorial Library 200A

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

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

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

February 24 Reading: Michael Chabon, "The Recipe for Life," The New Yorker, January 2018.

Novelist, short story author, and screenwriter Michael Chabon will join the Jefferson Humanities Forum to discuss the relationship between writing, memory, family, and fiction on Wednesday, March 25, 12–1 p.m. in the Connelly Auditorium. Learn more here.

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

Monday, February 24, 11-1 p.m., Hamilton 2nd Floor Lobby

Presented by the Renfrew Center Foundation, Sondra Rosenberg, ATR-BC and Renfrew Artists Artwork will be on display offering an in-depth look at the complexity and journey from eating disorders to recovery. The Renfrew Center’s art therapist, Sondra Rosenberg, ATR-BC, will interpret the powerful themes contained within the images. Attendees will also learn how to identify someone who may be struggling with an eating disorder and how to help them get treatment.

Refreshments will be provided. This event is sponsored by Student Personal Counseling Center (SPCC), JeffHelp and Active Minds. For more information, contact Dr. Blue at shawn.blue@jefferson.edu

To learn more about the event and RSVP: https://jeffspccartexhibit.eventbrite.com

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

Wednesday, February 19, 12-1 p.m., Hamilton 505

The Jefferson University Career Development Center presents a four-part “Brown Bag Series” exploring what work means to you, your students, society at large, and why this matters at the dawn of the age of AI. Sessions are open to Jefferson students and employees. For more information and to register, please email Chris.Miciek@jefferson.edu

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

Monday, February 17, 12-1 p.m., Hamilton 628

The Jefferson University Career Development Center presents a four-part “Brown Bag Series” exploring what work means to you, your students, society at large, and why this matters at the dawn of the age of AI. Sessions are open to Jefferson students and employees. For more information and to register, please email Chris.Miciek@jefferson.edu

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

Monday, February 17, 12-1 p.m., Scott Memorial Library 200A

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

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

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

February 17 *content warning* These materials contain information about sensitive topics, such as sexual assault, which may be difficult for some people to address:

Reading: Watch the 2019 Netflix mini-series, Unbelievable.

Optional reading, and for those who do not have Netflix access: Ken Armstrong and T. Christian Miller, "An Unbelievable Story of Rape," The Marshall Project, March 2009.

Michael Chabon is one of the co-creators for Unbelievable. Chabon–novelist, short story author, and screenwriter–will join the Jefferson Humanities Forum to discuss the relationship between writing, memory, family, and fiction on Wednesday, March 25, 12-1 p.m. in the Connelly Auditorium. Learn more here.

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

Thursday, February 13, 12-1 p.m., Cancer Support and Welcome Center, 914 Chestnut Street

Earn Asano Credit by attending a co-working session with the Knitting and Crocheting Group. You may bring your own projects and materials to one of the sessions, or if you would like to work independently, you can also earn Asano credit by making two pieces (baby hat or mortar board) for ICN Graduation Caps. RSVP’s appreciated, but not necessary. Email rmh029@jefferson.edu to RSVP or if you have any questions about group sessions or working independently. You can also learn more about the Knitting and Crocheting Group on our facebook page.

Wednesday, February 12, 12-1 p.m., Hamilton 505

The Jefferson University Career Development Center presents a four-part “Brown Bag Series” exploring what work means to you, your students, society at large, and why this matters at the dawn of the age of AI. Sessions are open to Jefferson students and employees. For more information and to register, please email Chris.Miciek@jefferson.edu

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

Tuesday, February 11, 6-7:30 p.m., Martin Basement

The workshop costs $10 and is open to Jefferson students.
Register and learn more HERE.

The Jefferson Recreation & Fitness Center is working with Vetri Community Partnership to offer a series of workshops that will provide participants with hands-on cooking experience focused on wellness, nutrition, & shopping on a budget. Different meals will be prepared at each workshop.  Sign up for one event, two, or all three! The next two workshops will be on March 10 and April 7. Pre-registration required. Questions? Angelina.Seeney@jefferson.edu.

Taking Flight

Tuesday, February 11, 12-1 p.m., Eakins Lounge

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

The Tuesdays @ Twelve Dean's Concert Series is an annual program that presents six unique performances throughout the year. Each performance features talented musicians from Philadelphia and beyond. Escape with us for a creative journey with the renowned vocalist Paul Jost and two-time jazz fellowship recipient flutist Marc Adler as they travel through beautiful and inspiring sonic worlds with a stellar rhythm section. Original works, jazz standards, Native American flute improvisations and other flights of musical fancy!

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

Monday, February 10, 5-7 p.m., BLSB 101

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

This art and music based workshop will focus on coping with stress. Learn how to identify the physical and emotional symptoms of stress, as well as how to move through them to a more grounded and relaxed state.

Instructors: Adenike Webb, MMT, MT-BC and Sondra Rosenberg, ATR-BC

About Creative Approaches to Self-Care:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, February 10, 12-1 p.m., Hamilton 505

The Jefferson University Career Development Center presents a four-part “Brown Bag Series” exploring what work means to you, your students, society at large, and why this matters at the dawn of the age of AI. Sessions are open to Jefferson students and employees. For more information and to register, please email Chris.Miciek@jefferson.edu

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

Monday, February 10, 12-1 p.m., Scott Memorial Library 200A

This discussion will be open to the public! All other Reading Group meetings will remain open to the Jefferson community. Lunch provided. 

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

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

February 10 Reading: Tommy Orange, There There: A Novel (New York: Vintage, 2019), Part 4: Powwow, pgs. 226-290.

There There is this year’s chosen text for One Book, One Philadelphia. An initiative through the Free Library of Philadelphia, One Book offers eight weeks of free programming exploring There There, Lenape history, Indigenous erasure, and the ongoing legacies of settler colonialism. Tap into the incredible programming taking place here, including book circles, panel discussions, film screenings, art workshops, cooking demos, performances, throughout all 54 Free Library locations and at schools and partner organizations.

Special Guest: Adam DePaul is a tribal council member of the Lenape Nation of Pennsylvania, where he holds the positions of Storykeeper and coordinator of the Rising Nation River Journey. He is a doctoral candidate in the English program at Temple University with a research area in Cultural and Mythological Studies; his dissertation research involves historical and contemporary Lenape stories and language.

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

Saturday, February 8, 7 p.m.

Sunday, February 9, 3 p.m.

Solis Cohen Auditorium, Jefferson Alumni Hall

This event is open to the public, and all Jefferson students, faculty and staff.

The Vagina Monologues is an annual student-run show that celebrates and discusses the experiences of women through a rollercoaster of emotions. Put on by the Jefferson student organization JeffSOAR, The Vagina Monologues is part of renowned playwright Eve Ensler’s V-Day campaign to end violence against girls and women. All proceeds from the event are donated to WOAR (Women Organized Against Rape), a rape crisis center in Philadelphia.

Tickets are $7 pre-sale and $10 at the door. Reach out to jeffsoar@jefferson.edu for ticket purchasing/questions.

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

Monday, February 3, 6-8 p.m., Bluemle Life Sciences Building, Room 101

Free and open to the public. Light refreshments provided before the performance from 5:30-6 p.m. in Bluemle Lobby. 

Register here: https://vicissitudes.eventbrite.com

"Sister” leads us on a dynamic bus tour through her brother’s brain surgery in an attempt to save him before it’s too late. During this whirlwind one-woman show, theatrical performer Jennifer Blaine breathes life into ten characters, including the brother’s brain tumor, to illustrate the intricacies of connection (familial and neural), memory, identity, and love. The piece seeks to increase compassion and connect us on this journey.

Co-created by Blaine and Karen Getz, The Vicissitudes of Travel premiered at the 2017 FringeArts festival, and has been performed for university and medical students, artists of all kinds, and communities impacted by brain-related disorders.

Jennifer Blaine (co-creator, writer, solo performer) has been performing one-woman shows for twenty-three years. She has opened for George Carlin and performed with Chris Rock and Joe Piscopo. She was featured on ABC’s Philly After Midnight: Women Comedians. According to the Philadelphia Daily News, “not even Sybil can compete with Blaine’s cast of characters. Her comic genius is like Lily Tomlin and Tracey Ullman.” Her solo work has appeared in sixteen FringeArts festivals, PIFA at the Kimmel Center, Annenberg Center for the Arts, Samuel Beckett Theatre on Theatre Row, and colleges and universities, cabarets and theatre festivals throughout the U.S.

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

Monday, February 3, 12-1 p.m., Scott Memorial Library 200A

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

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

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

February 3 Reading: Tommy Orange, There There: A Novel (New York: Vintage, 2019), Part 3: Return, pgs. 156-225.

There There is this year’s chosen text for One Book, One Philadelphia. An initiative through the Free Library of Philadelphia, One Book offers eight weeks of free programming exploring There There, Lenape history, Indigenous erasure, and the ongoing legacies of settler colonialism. Tap into the incredible programming taking place here, including book circles, panel discussions, film screenings, art workshops, cooking demos, performances, throughout all 54 Free Library locations and at schools and partner organizations.

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

January

Wednesday, January 29, 12-2 p.m.

Group will meet on the east side of JAH 1st Floor at the large work tables

Earn Asano Credit by attending a co-working session with the Knitting and Crocheting Group. You may bring your own projects and materials to one of the sessions, or if you would like to work independently, you can also earn Asano credit by making two pieces (baby hat or mortar board) for ICN Graduation Caps. RSVP’s appreciated, but not necessary. Email rmh029@jefferson.edu to RSVP or if you have any questions about group sessions or working independently. You can also learn more about the Knitting and Crocheting Group on our facebook page.

Tuesday, January 28, 6-8 p.m., Bluemle Life Sciences Building, Room 101

Free and open to the public. Light refreshments provided before the performance from 5:30-6 p.m. in Bluemle Lobby. 

Register here: https://vicissitudes.eventbrite.com 

"Sister” leads us on a dynamic bus tour through her brother’s brain surgery in an attempt to save him before it’s too late. During this whirlwind one-woman show, theatrical performer Jennifer Blaine breathes life into ten characters, including the brother’s brain tumor, to illustrate the intricacies of connection (familial and neural), memory, identity, and love. The piece seeks to increase compassion and connect us on this journey.

Co-created by Blaine and Karen Getz, The Vicissitudes of Travel premiered at the 2017 FringeArts festival, and has been performed for university and medical students, artists of all kinds, and communities impacted by brain-related disorders.

Jennifer Blaine (co-creator, writer, solo performer) has been performing one-woman shows for twenty-three years. She has opened for George Carlin and performed with Chris Rock and Joe Piscopo. She was featured on ABC’s Philly After Midnight: Women Comedians. According to the Philadelphia Daily News, “not even Sybil can compete with Blaine’s cast of characters. Her comic genius is like Lily Tomlin and Tracey Ullman.” Her solo work has appeared in sixteen FringeArts festivals, PIFA at the Kimmel Center, Annenberg Center for the Arts, Samuel Beckett Theatre on Theatre Row, and colleges and universities, cabarets and theatre festivals throughout the U.S.

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

Monday, January 27, 12-1 p.m., Scott Memorial Library 200A

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

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

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

January 27 Reading: Tommy Orange, There There: A Novel (New York: Vintage, 2019), Prologue & Part 1: Remain, pgs. 1-78.

There There is this year’s chosen text for One Book, One Philadelphia. An initiative through the Free Library of Philadelphia, One Book offers eight weeks of free programming exploring There There, Lenape history, Indigenous erasure, and the ongoing legacies of settler colonialism. Tap into the incredible programming taking place here, including book circles, panel discussions, film screenings, art workshops, cooking demos, performances, throughout all 54 Free Library locations and at schools and partner organizations.

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

Saturday, January 25, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Location: Hamilton Building, Thomas Jefferson University, 1001 Locust Street (Auditorium and other rooms)

Free and open to all. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/skmc-humanism-in-medicine-conference-inclusivity-and-patient-centered-care-registration-81325780599

The Sidney Kimmel Medical College Gold Humanism Honor Society is proud to announce the fifth annual Humanism in Medicine Conference at Thomas Jefferson University in Center City, Philadelphia.

The conference is entitled "Inclusivity and Patient-Centered Care." The first half of the day will feature several engaging speakers from a variety of healthcare institutions. The second half of the day will include break out sessions with interactive discussions and workshops led by leaders in our community. 

Our keynote speaker is Pedro J. Greer Jr., MD. Dr. Greer is the Professor of Medicine; Founding Chair of Humanities, Health, and Society; and Associate Dean for Community Engagement at Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine in Miami, Florida.

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

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

For registration and more information, please go here.

Open to the public. Dinner provided.

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

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

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

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

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

WE EXIST: BEYOND THE BINARY 

ANDREW SEGER | USA | 2018 | 55 MIN | NR

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

The film will be followed with a Skype Q&A with Lauren Lubin, moderated by Kai Thigpen, LSW.

About the Guest:

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

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

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

Thursday, January 16, 12-1 p.m., Cancer Support and Welcome Center, 914 Chestnut Street

Earn Asano Credit by attending a co-working session with the Knitting and Crocheting Group. You may bring your own projects and materials to one of the sessions, or if you would like to work independently, you can also earn Asano credit by making two pieces (baby hat or mortar board) for ICN Graduation Caps. RSVP’s appreciated, but not necessary. Email rmh029@jefferson.edu to RSVP or if you have any questions about group sessions or working independently. You can also learn more about the Knitting and Crocheting Group on our facebook page.

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

Connelly Auditorium and Conrady Lobby, Hamilton Building

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

Keynote Speaker

Samantha Inch, CPC, CAPP

Learning & Organizational Development, Jefferson Health

Samantha Inch is a Certified Professional Coach and Positive Psychology Educator who helps people in high-stress careers re-design their lives to reduce anxiety, create mental discipline, and curate a path to sustainable wellbeing. At Jefferson, she teaches mental and emotional agility to help staff, faculty and students achieve their peak personal and professional performance.

Panel Participants

Karen Alexander, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor, Jefferson College of Nursing

Michael S. Weinstein, MD, MBE, MPH, FACS, FCCM

Associate Professor, Surgery, Sidney Kimmel Medical College

Moderator

Nethra Ankam, MD

Wellness Thread Director, JeffMD

Associate Professor, Rehabilitation Medicine, Sidney Kimmel Medical College

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

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

David's Harp

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

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

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

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

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

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

Play reading: Halcyon Days, by Deirdre Kinahan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Creative Approaches to Self-Care:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, January 13, 12-1 p.m., Scott Memorial Library 200A

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

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

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

January 13 Reading: Tommy Orange, There There: A Novel (New York: Vintage, 2019), Prologue & Part 1: Remain, pgs. 1-78.

There There is this year’s chosen text for One Book, One Philadelphia. An initiative through the Free Library of Philadelphia, One Book offers eight weeks of free programming exploring There There, Lenape history, Indigenous erasure, and the ongoing legacies of settler colonialism. Tap into the incredible programming taking place here, including book circles, panel discussions, film screenings, art workshops, cooking demos, performances, throughout all 54 Free Library locations and at schools and partner organizations.

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

Tuesday, January 7, 12-2 p.m.

Group will meet on the east side of JAH 1st Floor at the large work tables

Earn Asano Credit by attending a co-working session with the Knitting and Crocheting Group. You may bring your own projects and materials to one of the sessions, or if you would like to work independently, you can also earn Asano credit by making two pieces (baby hat or mortar board) for ICN Graduation Caps. RSVP’s appreciated, but not necessary. Email rmh029@jefferson.edu to RSVP or if you have any questions about group sessions or working independently. You can also learn more about the Knitting and Crocheting Group on our facebook page.

December

Merion Trio: "The Poet & The Peasant"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

J.S. Bach’s Magnificat in D

Carols of the Season

and Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus. 

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

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

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

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

Want to learn more about the topic in advance?

Here's some suggested reading:  

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

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

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

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

How health affects voter turnout, Journalist's Resource

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This event is open to the public. 

Please join

Stephen K. Klasko, MD, MBA

President, Thomas Jefferson University

CEO, Jefferson Health

and

Aimee van Wynsberghe

Assistant Professor, TU Delft

European Commission High Level Expert Group on AI

Co-director, Foundation for Responsible Robotics

for

THE PEOPLE IN THE MIDDLE

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

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

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

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

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

About Creative Approaches to Self-Care:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

November

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pre-registration is appreciated HERE.

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

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

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

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

Dinner provided. Pre-registration required HERE.

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

About Creative Approaches to Self-Care:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Play reading: The Children, by Lucy Kirkwood

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

Free and open to the public; no registration required.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Josh Robinson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October

Monday, October 28, 6-7 p.m., Hamilton 208

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

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

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

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

Monday, October 28, 4-5:30 p.m., Connelly Auditorium

Free and open to all Jefferson students, faculty and staff.

Join us for the third annual Resilience Story Slam! Jefferson clinicians share stories that address the critical balance for health professionals between the profound meaning and joy that come with providing care and the necessity for resilience in response to the stresses of caregiving. Story Slams involve a series of speakers presenting five-minute stories that revolve around a particular theme. This interdisciplinary event will showcase perspectives from a variety of health professions.

Featuring:

  • Angelle E. Richardson, PhD, LPC, Jefferson College of Health Professions, Community and Trauma Counseling
  • Shayan Ghiaee, MS2, Sidney Kimmel Medical College
  • Catharine Farnan Kennedy, MSN, MS, CRNP, CRRN, Jefferson Clinical Nurse Specialist 
  • Harnoor Kaur, MS4, Sidney Kimmel Medical College
  • Marianna (Marnie) LaNoue, PhD, MS, Jefferson College of Population Health
  • Michael S. Weinstein, MD, MBE, MPH, FACS, FCCM, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Department of Surgery
  • Sara Kate Frye, MS, OTR/L, ATP, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Jefferson Acute Rehab Unit
  • Michelle Konkoly, MS3, Sidney Kimmel Medical College
  • Jennifer Booker, PhD, Jefferson College of Nursing

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

Saturday, October 26, 3-4 p.m., Girard College, 2101 S College Ave

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

Join Back and Song artists Elissa Blount Moorhead and Bradford Young for an exclusive tour of their film installation, currently on view at Girard College.

Back and Song is a meditative four-channel film and art installation by filmmakers Elissa Blount Moorhead and Bradford Young, produced by Philadelphia Contemporary and Thomas Jefferson University. This kaleidoscopic installation reflects on the complex and profound connections between health, wellness, and the Black experience in America. Working with archivists from around the world, Moorhead and Young have synthesized photographs of quotidian Black family life and new footage into a time-based archive of expression. 

Back and Song is presented at Girard College, originally chartered in 1833 as a school for “white, male orphans” and later a pivotal site in the movement to legally desegregate all Philadelphia schools. Filling its central auditorium with sound and moving image, Back and Song transforms the Chapel at Girard College into a space of rejuvenation. Back and Song will be on view on Saturdays and Sundays, from 12-6 p.m., between October 5 and October 27.

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

Friday, October 25, 6-8 p.m., Connelly Auditorium, Hamilton Building

Free and open to the public. Pre-registration is appreciated, but not required HERE.

Deirdre Cooper Owens joins the Jefferson Humanities Forum for a lecture and conversation with artists Elissa Blount Moorhead and Bradford Young, in conjunction with Back and Song.  

Deirdre Cooper Owens is the Linda and Charles Wilson Professor in the History of Medicine and Director of the Humanities in Medicine program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is an Organization of American Historians’ (OAH) Distinguished Lecturer and has won a number of prestigious honors that range from the University of Virginia’s Carter G. Woodson Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies to serving as an American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology Fellow in Washington, D.C. Cooper Owens earned her Ph.D. from UCLA in History and wrote an award-winning dissertation while there.  A popular public speaker, she has published articles, essays, book chapters, and think pieces on a number of issues that concern African American experiences and reproductive justice. Professor Cooper Owens is also the Director of the Program in African American History at the Library Company of Philadelphia, the country’s oldest cultural institution founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1731. She is working on a second book project that examines mental illness during the era of United States slavery and is writing a popular biography of Harriet Tubman that examines her through the lens of disability. 

There will be a talk before the event at 5 p.m. in Hamilton 1st floor lobby.

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

Thursday, October 24, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Roxboro House, Arlen Specter Center for Public Service, Jefferson East Falls 

The Latin American Student Organization (East Falls) and Ahmad Qais Munhazim will explore the current negative climate in the U.S. regarding immigrants, both legal and illegal, defining legal immigration and discussing why the negative climate exists, effects on individuals and possible solutions.  Please note: This event is hosted by the Arlen Specter Center for Public Service at Jefferson East Falls. 

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

Monday, October 21, 12-1 p.m., Scott 200A

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

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

October 21 Reading: Ch. 1, “The Birth of American Gynecology,” in Deirdre Cooper Owens, Medical Bondage: Race, Gender, and the Origins of American Gynecology, Athens, GA: The University of Georgia Press, 2017.

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

Monday, October 21, 5-7 p.m., BLSB 105

Dinner provided. Pre-registration required HERE.

We all have inner critics that compare how we are with how we think we should be. While this tendency to judge and evaluate ourselves can be a source of motivation, it can also undermine our sense of self-worth and make us feel “not good enough” in many areas of our lives. This workshop will focus on how to shift from viewing ourselves through a lens of criticism to a lens of compassion. We will utilize writing and music to challenge perfectionism and promote self-acceptance.

About Creative Approaches to Self-Care:

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

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

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

Friday, October 18, 8 p.m., Merriam Theater at the Kimmel Center (250 South Broad Street)

Pre-registration required HERE

In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway… and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. A re-imagining of Puccini's La Bohème, RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. The story takes place just as the AIDS crisis is sweeping through New York. By bringing the audience to the front lines of this epidemic, RENT exposes the physical and psychological impact of this disease on the individual and the national scale. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters—love.

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

Monday, October 14, 6-7 p.m., Hamilton 505

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

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

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

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

Monday, October 14, 5-6:30 p.m., Bluemle Life Sciences Building 101

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

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

About Josh Robinson

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

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

Monday, October 7, 7 p.m., Roxy Theater, 2023 Sansom St.

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

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

A year into a promising relationship, Will Lautzenheiser landed a dream job teaching film at Montana State University. After his first two classes, Will ended up in the hospital due to a life-threatening bacterial infection. When Will’s organs started shutting down, and his limbs began dying, doctors amputated his arms and legs to save his life. Will’s world, as he knew it, would never be the same. Within this medical drama is a deeply personal story in which Will, with the support of his partner Angel, his family and a world-class medical team, redefines his identity and forges a new path. Filmed over four years, Stumped explores themes of resilience, committed caregiving, and the life-changing potential of pioneering medicine.

Following the screening, Will Lautzenheiser will join us, via Skype, for a Q&A and discussion. 

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

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

Monday, October 7, 12-1 p.m., Edison Building 1402

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

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

October 7 Reading: Erika Hayasaki, “In a Perpetual Present,” Wired, April 2016. 

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

Friday, October 4, 7-9 p.m., Girard College, 2101 South College Ave.

Free and open to the public. Register here.

Back and Song is a meditative four-channel film and art installation by filmmakers Elissa Blount Moorhead and Bradford Young, produced by Philadelphia Contemporary and Thomas Jefferson University. This kaleidoscopic installation reflects on the complex and profound connections between health, wellness, and the Black experience in America. Working with archivists from around the world, Moorhead and Young have synthesized photographs of quotidian Black family life and new footage into a time-based archive of expression. 

Back and Song will be presented at Girard College, originally chartered in 1833 as a school for “white, male orphans” and later a pivotal site in the movement to legally desegregate all Philadelphia schools. Filling its central auditorium with sound and moving image, Back and Song will transform the Chapel at Girard College into a space of rejuvenation. Back and Song will be on view on Saturdays and Sundays, from 12-6 p.m., between October 5 and October 27.

Thursday, October 3, 5:30 p.m., Connelly Auditorium

Free and open to the public, no registration required.

This lecture is part of Ciao Philadelphia, an annual celebration of Italian heritage and the Italian-American community in the Greater Philadelphia area. Salvatore Mangione, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine at Sidney Kimmel Medical College, provides this lecture on the history of tuberculosis and its depictions in opera. The year 1882 marked a turning point in public understanding of TB, which had been viewed by some as a divine punishment for sin (see Verdi’s La Traviata). That year, German physician Robert Koch announced his discovery of bacteria as the disease’s cause, while Italian physician Carlo Forlanini developed the successful “collapsed lung” surgical treatment. As a result, TB was recast in the public imagination as a disease of poverty and failing public health (as in Puccini’s La Boheme), rather than moral failure. Forty years after Susan Sontag’s Illness as Metaphor, we’ll revisit TB through opera and review how diseases acquire cultural meanings that change over time.

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

Thursday, October 3, 4-5 p.m., Roxboro House, Arlen Specter Center for Public Service, Jefferson East Falls 

The U.S. is the leading nation, by far, in incarnated individuals. This panel discussion will explain why this phenomena exists, the impact of race and profit, and what solutions are available to relieve the crisis. Please note: This event is hosted by the Arlen Specter Center for Public Service at Jefferson East Falls. 

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

Wednesday, October 2, 12-1 p.m., Foerderer Auditorium

This event is open to the public. Pre-registration is appreciated, but not required HERE.

Tia Powell, MD, joins the Jefferson Humanities Forum to discuss her new book, Dementia Reimagined: Building a Life of Joy and Dignity from Beginning to End. Dr. Powell is the Director of the Montefiore Einstein Center for Bioethics and Professor of Epidemiology and Psychiatry at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. She is a leading voice in bioethics education, end of life care and public policy. Dr. Powell applies her personal, clinical and academic experience to Dementia Reimagined, exploring the untold history of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Combining medicine and memoir, she helps us to understand how—by valuing care as much as cure—we can keep life with dementia meaningful and joyful. 

Lunch provided.

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

September 2019

Monday, September 30, 6-7 p.m., Hamilton 505

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, September 24, 12-1 p.m., BLSB 101

Free and open to the public. Pre-registration appreciated but not required.

"In Our Right Mind"—a documentary by filmmaker and journalist Renée Chenault-Fattah—explores how Alzheimer’s and dementia affect communities of color. Worldwide, 47 million people have either Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia, and more than 100 million others are caregivers. However, if you are African American, Hispanic or Native American, you are twice as likely to be affected. "In Our Right Mind" reveals this untold story by interviewing individuals living with dementia as well as those working to find a cure. 

A discussion with the filmmaker follows a screening of film excerpts.

About Renée Chenault-Fattah:

Renée Chenault-Fattah honed her skills as a storyteller by serving as a television journalist for three decades. Now, her passion is to use this experience to pursue the stories that cry out for telling: health care and health disparities, racial and economic injustice, education of our children, and women's empowerment.

Lunch provided.

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

Monday, September 23, 5-7 p.m., Martin Residence Hall Basement Lounge (201 South 11th Street)

Open to all Jefferson students. Dinner provided. Pre-registration required HERE.

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 art, movement and music to explore ways of building and maintaining this all-important sense of connection.

About Creative Approaches to Self-Care:

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

Instructors: Sondra Rosenberg, ATR-BC and Adenike Webb, MMT, MT-BC

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

Monday, September 23, 12-1 p.m., Scott 200A

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

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

September 23 Reading: Tia Powell, “Ch. 11: Try a Little Tenderness,” Dementia Reimagined: Building a Life of Joy and Dignity from Beginning to End, New York: Avery, 2019. 

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

Saturday, September 21, 8 p.m., Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street

Pre-registration required HERE.

Umoja, a world premiere commission by American composer Valerie Coleman, launches our 2019-20 season. Ms. Coleman's spirited music draws from Afro-Cuban, jazz, and classical genres. Umoja—meaning unity in Swahili—is alive with all these influences.  Bartók's gorgeous Third Concerto, performed by Yannick's good friend Hélène Grimaud, is as vibrant today as the day The Philadelphia Orchestra and Eugene Ormandy gave the world premiere at the Academy of Music in 1946. This program, inspired by music of American roots, concludes with Dvorák's wondrous “New World” Symphony. 

Wednesday, September 18, 6:30-9 p.m., The College of Physicians of Philadelphia (19 South 22nd Street)

Open to the public. Tickets are free for students, $5 general admission.

A collaboration between the College of Physicians of Philadelphia and Penn Medicine. This story slam is open to any storyteller with an applicable story. Each individual contestant will have 5 minutes to tell a Narcan-based story. Pre-selected storytellers must speak without notes or props, and at the end the audience will select the best storytellers.

Timeline:

  • 6:30-8 p.m. – Story Slam
  • 8 p.m. – Audience Judging
  • 8-9 p.m. – Light Reception

If you would like to participate, please send an email summary of your story—time, location, experience. How did you feel? What was it like? What would you tell others about the experience?— to COREcares@pennmedicine.upenn.edu

All stories will be considered and a CORE representative will follow up with you.

The Center for Opiod Recovery and Engagement (CORE) is hosting this Narcan Story Slam to share experiences with this lifesaving intervention around Philadelphia. 

Monday, September 16, 12-1 p.m., JAH Eakins Lounge 

Free and open to the public. Pre-registration is appreciated but not required.

Learn more from project participants about the making of Tangles in Time and discuss the benefits of creative engagement for people living with dementia. This event is presented in conjunction with Tangles in Time (September 13-14), a co-production of Theater of Witness and Jefferson Humanities and Health. 

Participants:

  • John Best, MD, Resident Physician, Penn Neurology
  • Sunny Lai, MD, MPH, Family & Community Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University
  • Alison Lynn, MSW, LCSW, Associate Director of Social Work, The Penn Memory Center
  • Charles Pohl, MD, Vice Provost for Student Affairs, Thomas Jefferson University
  • Brooke Salzman, MD, Associate Professor and Geriatric Fellowship Program Director, Family & Community Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University
  • Teya Sepinuck, Founder and Artistic Director, Theater of Witness.

Lunch provided. 

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

Performances:

Friday, September 13, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 14, 2 p.m.

Saturday, September 14, 7:30 p.m.

Location: Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral, 23 S. 38th St.

TICKETS: Tickets are free for Jefferson students, faculty and staff; $10 general admission. 

Tangles in Time is an original Theater of Witness production created and performed by people living with dementia, care partners and health professionals. Based on the performers’ own true stories of love, loss, illness and caring, the production weaves together live performance with original music, video and visual imagery. Tangles In Time invites all people to connect and build empathy—even through changes in memory and time. Presented by Jefferson and Theater of Witness. Learn more at tanglesintime.org. Duration: Approx. 70 minutes.

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

Mozart to Mahler: The View From the French Horn

Tuesday, September 10, 12-1 p.m., Eakins Lounge

If you thought the French horn was only an orchestral instrument, guess again! Don’t miss this special program featuring the Philadelphia Orchestra’s principal horn player, Jennifer Montone, performing some of the greatest hits for horn and piano.

Lunch provided; first-come, first-served. No RSVP required.

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

Friday, September 6, 12-1 p.m., BLSB 101

Free and open to the public. Pre-registration appreciated but not required HERE.

Documentary short film Moment to Moment centers around a married couple—Carl, a scientist, and Susan, an artist—as they confront a life-changing disease. When Carl was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, he began dismantling electronics in search of the copper inside. What begins as a perhaps questionable behavior evolves into a shared artistic collaboration, as his wife Susan turns the copper into art. Moment to Moment follows Carl and Susan's creative journey. Following the 15-minute film, there will be a panel discussion with the filmmakers: director Mike Attie, assistant professor and program director of the University of the Arts Film + Video department, and producer Teya Sepinuck, founder of Theater of Witness.

Lunch provided.

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

Wednesday, September 4, 12 p.m., Hamilton 208

Interested in writing? Literature? Art history? Poetry? Philosophy? Film? Music? Come to the Interest Meeting for the Narrative Medicine Workshop Series hosted by Gold Humanism Honor Society. 

About the program: A series of 6 reflective writing workshops, every other week from the end of Sept – Dec, will be held in which different texts and media will be analyzed, reflected upon, and responded to, bringing to light discussions on mortality, social justice, cross-cultural experience, the narrative nature of mankind, and the human condition in health care.

Open to all students. Lunch included.

For more information, contact Carly Slater, SKMC Class of 2022, css005@jefferson.edu

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

2018-2019

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

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 will explore 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