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Arts in Medicine Lectures & Ethics Bites Discussions:

ARCHIVED Lectures, Performances and Discussions

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​Charles Steinberg, MD presented, "Photographer-Physician:
A Synergistic Blend
," on October 20th, 2014, exploring how your
abilities as a clinician can make you a better photographer.​

A screening of clips from the film, Winter in the Blood​​, based on the
novel by Native American author James Welch was presented by
Howie Movshovitz, PhD on October 13th, 2014.​

"Art, Trauma and Healing​," presented by Simon Zalkind, Curator and
Independent Art Advisor and Katherine Reed, ATR, LPC, Art Therapist
and Program Manager, Children's Hospital Colorado, on October 6th, 2014.

Robert Anderson, MD presented, "Migrant Mother: The story behind one of
the most iconic photographs taken during the Great Depression
," on 
September 29th, 2014.

Jennifer Ballentine, MA , Vice President of Hospice Analytics, led a case-based
discussion on Physician Aid in Dying​,
presenting the fine line between rights of moral agents and impermissible killing on September 22, 2014.  A major report from the Institute of Medicine, “Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences near the End of Life,” was recently released.  Jean Kutner, MD, MSPH, chief medical officer at University of Colorado Hospital, served on the 21-member committee that authored the report.

Spoke N Motion Dance, Colorado's first integrated dance company,
inspired a capacity audience on September 15, 2014, with a unique artistic experience, combined with education and revelation about what dance can be.

Ethics Bites: Colorado's new Right to Try law on July 28, 2014
This discussion featured two cases about terminally ill patients seeking
experimental drugs; one about a four-year old with Niemann-Pick disease and another case about a woman with stage IV pancreatic cancer,  facilitated by Christopher Lieu, MD-UCH Medical Oncology and Alison Sorkin, UCH Assistant General Counsel. 

Ethics Bites: Marijuana Therapy for Epilepsy​ on June 23, 2014.
This discussion focused on a case about a 14 year-old patient with seizures that are not well-controlled by medication.  His parents want to try "Charlotte's Web," marijuana and are seeking a medical marijuana license for their son.
5280 Magazine recently featured an article by Kasey Cordell on this topic.
Discussion facilitators were Kari Franson, PharmD, PhD, BCPP, from University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences & Heather Fitzgerald, RN, MS., Clinical Nurse Ethicist at Children's Hospital Colorado.

Arrhythmias Spring Concert: Sun, Moon, Stars, featuring Karlotta Davis, MD, flautist, and directed by Christina Bishop, on Monday, April 21, 2014

"Chemical Warfare:  History, Science, Medicine, Morality​," by Joseph Gal, PhD on April 14, 2014.  This informative talk describes how chemical warfare continues to the present day, and discusses the morality of participation by scientists, physicians and engineers in chemical weapon and WMD development.

"On the Brink of Disaster:  George Washington and the American Revolution, 1775-76​​," by Ron Gibbs, MD on April 7th, 2014.  Dr. Gibbs shared the momentous ideas, great personalities and seemingly incredible outcome of the American Revolution.

"The Art Imperative: Building Living Lifetime Collections​," by Shannon Robinson on March 31st, 2104. This presentation offers practical tips on the art market and how everyone can become a collector.

Former Secretary of Health and Human Services, Dr. Louis Sullivan, 
discussed his 
memoir, Breaking Ground: My Life in Medicine, on Thursday, March 27th, 2014​.  If the U.S. is going to bring health costs under control and significantly improve the health of its citizens Sullivan said, “Prevention, improving health behavior and increasing diversity in the health professions are all important components.”   Read about Dr. Sullivan's visit in CU Today.​​​

"Germs and Weapons:  The Evolving Rhetoric of Health Security," by Lisa Keranen, PhD, on March 3rd, 2014.  Dr. Keranen​ is Associate Professor of Graduate Studies in the Department of Communication at University of Colorado Denver.

"Medical Symbolism: A Classical Battle​​" by Maria (Gaby) Frank, MD, on February 24th, 2014.  Dr. Frank describes the origins of the use of the caduceus as a symbol for medicine, and our knowledge of about Hermes vs. Asclepius.

"Pierrot Lunaire 101​"​ - Concert/Presentation by Playground​ on February 10th, 2014.  Arnold Schoenberg's revolutionary music sounds as fresh, engaging and disturbing today as it did at its premiere over 100 years ago.

"The Cinema of Iran," by Howie Movshovitz, PhD​, University of Colorado College of Arts and Media, and Artistic Director of the Denver Silent Film Festival, on Monday, February 3rd, 2014.  Read Adam Goldstein's story about this presentation in the Aurora Sentinal​.

"Rebuilding Body and Mind Through Body Art," by Tara Gray-Wolfstar, RN and Gwynn  "Wolf" Wolfstar, RN, BSN on December 9th, 2013.  The co-owners of Enchanted Ink in Boulder discuss the use of body art to facilitate a positive body image following surgery.

"Passport to Paris at the Denver Art Museum," by curator Timothy J. Standring on November 25, 2013. This presentation is an entertaining overview of French art history from the 17th through 20th century.

"The Highest and Healthiest State," by Tom "Dr. Colorado" Noel, MLS, PhD, on November 18, 2013, tells the evolution of medical care starting from the gold rush to the move of the CU Medical School to the Anschutz Medical Campus.

Jennifer Ballentine, MA, presented "Ars Moriendi: Reclaiming a Medieval Practice for Palliative Care," on November 4th, 2013.  Click to view Adam Goldstein's article about Jennifer's talk in the Aurora Sentinal.

Spoke 'N' Motion Dance combines multimedia, lecture, performance and question and answers from a new dance troupe, which showcases persons with and without disabilities through integrated dance. (Performance segment was presented in Fulginiti Gallery, and wasn't recorded)  Presented by Robyn Gisbert, PT, DPT and Teri Westerman on October 28th, 2013.

History of the CU School of Medicine: 1883-1919 by Tom Sherlock on October 21, 2013 including a detailed chronology of the first 35 years of the SOM and it's leaders.

"What do real people think?  Public Input in Bioethics," by Christine Mitchell, RN from Harvard Medical School on September 30, 2013.  This talk describes the establishment of a volunteer Community Ethics Committee comprised of public volunteers.

"The Marvels of Outsider Art," by Henry Claman, MD, on September 23, 2013.  Without training in art, a small percentage of the mentally challenged have produced remarkable artwork.  What drives them?

Interview with Dr. Richard Kogan on "Music and the Mind: George Gershwin," on Colorado Public Radio, recorded on September 19, 2013 prior to his free concert at the Anschutz Medical Campus, sponsored by the Center for Bioethics and Humanities

"The Value of Arts for Clinical Practice" by Joel Howell, MD, PhD on August 19, 2013.

Arrhythmias Spring Concert on May 6, 2013 directed by Christina Bishop, with featured pianist Dirk Homann, MD, MA.

"LETTING GO - Hold on to life...until it is time to let go," a play written by members of Compassion & Choices, directed by Tom Dudzinski and performed on April 29, 2013.   The play and dialogue offers suggestions on how to freely and candidly discuss your own
end-of-life wishes with a partner, family members, clergy and medical professionals.

"Legacy Project: Facing the Khmer Rouge," by Ronnie Yismut on April 22, 2013.  
This talk  informs and educates us through the stories of a survivor of genocide.  Yismut describes how leaving a legacy for future generations, will impact humanity as a whole.

"The Life and Works of Edgar Degas: More than Impressionism," by Shannon Robinson on April 15, 2013.  Learn about one of the founders of the French Impressionists, also known as the "painter of dancers," who suffered from chronic and progressive eye disease.

A Symposium about Patient Empowerment: Learn about 14 individuals with either Parkinson's Disease or multiple sclerosis who climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, as told by John Carlin and his wife Martha, Monique Giroux, MD and Sierra Farris, PA-C., on April 8, 2013. 

"Experiences in Writing Medical Narrative and Poetry," by Lawrence Hergott, MD on March 25, 2013.  Dr. Hergott discusses his methods in writing and how some of his essays and poems were concieved and brought to publication.

"Mortality, Morality and Honor: The End-Of-Life Paradigm," by Charles Hamlin, MD
on March 18, 2013.  A visit, with a philosophic bent, humor, some data but no dogma, to the landscape of "The Last Chapter."

"I always prefer the scissors": Issac Baker Brown, Clitoridectomy, and Feminist Histories of Medicine by Marjorie Levine Clark, PhD on March 4, 2013.  This talk describes the context in which Dr. Brown, a mid-Victorian gynecologist, treated women's "nervous" disorders through excision of the clitoris.

"Where to Draw the Line? Mapping the US-Mexico Border," by Angel Abbud-Madrid on February 25, 2013.  Exploring the impacts of mapping efforts on the political, social and economic relations between the US and Mexico for the last 165 years.

Phoenix Rising Poetry and Spoken Word Transformational Program of Art from Ashes, by Catherine O'Neill Thorn on February 11, 2013.  Encouraging young people struggling with violence, abuse, addiction and poverty through poetry and spoken word.

Poet and physician Rafael Campo presentation and reading, as the inaugural Henry & Janet Claman Visting Professor in Medical Humanities on February 7, 2013
Dr. Campo teaches and practices medicine at Harvard and Beth Israel Deaconnes, and is faculty at Lesley University's MFA Program.  He has authored five books of poetry and has received numerous awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Nicholas E. Davies Award from the American College of Physicians for outstanding humanism in medicine.

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