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ARCHIVE:  Most Arts in Medicine Lectures/Performances and Ethics Bites Discussions are recorded, and may be viewed online.  View archive.

Sandra Kaplan: Galactic Stories, on display at the Fulginiti
from June 26-August 28.  In Galactic Stories, history,
science, philosophy and art collide.  Gallery hours are M-F from 9:00am-5:00pm.

Jones article published in Journal of the American Medical
Creating a Space for the Arts and Humanities at
the CU Anschutz Medical Campus
​, by Center Associate Director Therese Jones, PhD, describes our unique facility and program which encompasses education, inquiry, expression and engagement. Virtual Mentor. August 2014, Volume 16, Number 8: 618-621

Messy Painting and Fleeting Moments: The Studio Practice
Andrew and Jamie Wyeth, by Timothy J. Standring
, Curator,
enver Art Museum on Monday, September 8th from noon-1pm.
Arts and Medicine lectures are free and open to the public.

Joellyn Duesberry, In An Instant: New York-Before and After 9/11
Gallery Opening on Thursday, September 11 from 5:00-7:00pm.
This exhibit of paintings by Colorado's premiere landscape artist elicits questions such as, h
ow does art intervene in the erasures of
history and humanity that occurred on 9/11? What cannot or should
not be represented?  What is the role of art in testimony, memorial,
mourning and healing? 
 More... ​

Spoke N Motion Dance, will offer a performance on Monday,
September 15th from noon-1:00pm at the Fulginiti Pavilion

Colorado’s first integrated dance company inspires with a unique
artistic experience, combined with education and revelation about
what dance can be. This Arts in Medicine performance/discussion is free on open to the public.

Bright Idea, a sculpture in memory of Vincent Fulginiti, MD, was
dedicated on August 1st. The concept models the work of the university; thinking, talking and discovering, as well as the vision of Dr. Fulginiti, who has been described as someone who viewed situations from multiple perspectives, and who balanced the ethical, practical and the aethetic.
Artist Robert Delaney (pictured) is a Colorado native who's kinetic sculptures grace public spaces throughout the state as well as private collections across the country.
  See Bright Idea in the Fulginiti lobby.

These upcoming performances of “The Telling Project” may be of
interest to some of you here in Denver.  “The Telling Project” works to deepen our understanding of the military and veterans’ experience. Greater understanding fosters receptivity, easing veterans’ transitions back to civil society, and allowing communities to benefit from the skills and experience they bring with them. Through this understanding, a community deepens its connection to its veterans, itself, and its place in the nation and the world. Written by Jonathan Wei, directed by The Romero Theater Troupe,  and produced by BR McDonald, Telling: Denver features ten Veterans and family members. Telling: Denver​ ran from July 29 - August 2 at Saint Cajetans on the Auraria Campus, and again in November in conjunction with Veteran's Day activities.  
To RSVP and for tickets:

TedMed Live from Washington DC and San Francisco,
streamed to the
Fulginiti on September 10, 11 and 12.
Detailed schedule to follow.  Learn more...

Therese (Tess) Jones, PhD, Associate Director of the Center for
Bioethics and Humanities, is the recipient of CU's 2014 Thomas
Jefferson Award
, which recognizes CU faculty, staff and students
who demonstrate excellence in the performance of regular academic
responsibilities while contributing outstanding service to the broader
community.  Jones and other awardees were recognized at an event
on April 2nd, 2014.

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.​​

US News and World Report interviewed Therese Jones, PhD,
about “The Normal Heart,” Larry Kramer’s 1985 play about the AIDS
crisis, which premiered as a film on HBO on May 25th.  Jones is
Director of the Arts and Humanities in Healthcare Program, and
teaches a course on AIDS and American Culture.

The print edition of The Human Touch 2014​ is now available at the AMC 
Bookstore or at the Fulginiti Pavilion lobby.  This is the 7th annual volume of poetry, prose and visual art created and contributed by students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the Anschutz Medical Campus.  You may also read The Human Touch online​.  An exhibit of artwork from the publication is on display on the 2nd floor of the Fulginiti Pavilion.

Health Humanities Reader, edited by Therese Jones, Delese Wear

and Lester D. Friedman, forthcoming from Rutgers University Press
in 2014. "This is a landmark volume that sets the standard for any future collection in medical/health humanities.  It is by turns authoritative, funny, edgy, creative and personal-sometimes all in one piece," says Thomas R. Cole, Director, McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics at University of Texas-Houston Medical School.

Letters to a Third Year Student - Confused, frustrated, terrified,
overworked and under-​appreciated are some of the ways our graduating medical students remember their third year, when after spending two years in the classroom, they plunge into the clinical realm, working with patients under the supervision of residents and attending physicians.
Read their letters, which share advice, humor and insights.

The Nipple Quilt: A Genealogical Fabric of Human Existence
by Laura Phelps Rogers, on display in the Fulginiti Foyer.  Laura's work is about personal, familial, generational, social and cultural memories. The quilt is made of life casts of people’s nipples as a means of representing and documenting the person.

Marilyn Coors, PhD published, "Reporting Actionable Research
Results: Shared Secrets Can Save Lives
" in Science Translational Medicine.

Henry and Janet Claman Endowed Professorship
This endowment provides annual support for a visiting professor in the field of medical humanities and arts, bringing new perspectives and voices to our campus.  View the inaugural event: physician and poet Rafael Campo.
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