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

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


Joellyn Duesberry, In An Instant: New York-Before and After 9/11
Exhibit at the Fulginiti Gallery through November 13th. 
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... ​

Ethics Bites: Physician Aid in Dying, by Jennifer Ballentine, MA
on Monday, September 22nd from noon-1:00pm at the Fulginiti
Pavilion.  This free, case-based discussion on the fine line between the
rights of moral agents and impermissible killing is open to students, faculty, staff and the community.

"Migrant Mother: The story behind one of the most iconic
photographs taken during the Great Depression
," by Robert
Anderson, MD on Monday, September 29th from noon-1:00pm
at the Fulginiti Pavilion. 
Arts in Medicine lectures are free and
open to the public.

"Protecting Research Participants' Privacy:  Is it Possible? 
Is it Important? is the topic of the 5th Annual CCTSI Research
Conference on Thursday, October 9th from 10am-2pm
, featuring
keynote speaker Chris Hoofnagel, JD, from UC Berkley Law School.
Click for details about this free event.​

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.


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.​​

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​.  

The 4th International Health Humanities Conference will be held at the
n on April 30-May 2, 2015Health Humanities: The Next Decade (Pedagogies, Practices and Politics) will bring together scholars, educators, clinicians, health advocates, students, patients and caregivers in an effort to identify the core issues and guiding values as well as define the expanding scope of the health humanities.


Health Humanities Reader, edited by Therese Jones, Delese Wear

and Lester D. Friedman, is available from Rutgers University Press.
"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

The second annual visiting professor will be Jonathan Metzl, MD, on October 23rd.  Dr. Metzl is the Director of the Center for Medicine, Health and Society at Vanderbilt University.  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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