March 19, 2014
MHS Announces New Curriculum, Open House
Wednesday, March 19
300 Calhoun Hall
This is a great opportunity to hear about new MHS major and minor requirements, learn about concentration areas, and find out what the new curriculum means for current MHS majors.
New curriculum presentation and Q&A every half hour during open house
Meet and mingle with MHS students, prospective majors, and faculty
Refreshments and music
March 12, 2014
MHS Hosts Pottery Exhibition, Health and Art: Master Potters of the Catawba Indian Nation
Health and Art: Master Potters of the Catawba Indian Nation
February 19—April 18
Opening Reception March 12, 4-6pm
Center for Medicine, Health, and Society
300 Calhoun Hall (www.vanderbilt.edu/mhs)
The Center for Medicine Health and Society (MHS) announces the opening of Health and Art: Master Potters of the Catawba Indian Nation, an exhibition of ceramic works by master potters of the Catawba Indian Nation. The exhibition includes 15 works, ranging from larger scale vessels to miniature figurative sculptures. All of the pieces in the exhibition are original, unique works made by hand using traditional methods passed down orally among the Catawba for over 6,000 years.
The exhibition highlights the unique aspects of the Catawba pottery tradition, including a laborious process of “rubbing” or burnishing the pottery for an extended period of time and the delicate etching of the surfaces of vessels with shells found in the modern tribal lands of South Carolina.
Health and Art also calls attention to the urgent health issues facing Native Americans. Much like other tribes of indigenous Americans, the Catawba are subject to disproportionately high incidence of diabetes, heart disease, violence, and other illnesses. Six of the nine master artists represented were diagnosed with diabetes, and several died of complications from the illness. As such, the pottery is accompanied by placards detailing indigenous and western narratives of illness and healing.
Health and Art: Master Potters of the Catawba Indian Nation runs from February 19 to April 18, with an opening reception on March 12, 4-6pm, at MHS (www.vanderbilt.edu/mhs). All events are free and open to one-and-all.
Special thanks to DeLesslin “Roo” George-Warren, Wanda George-Warren, Sheena Adams-Avery, and Renee Martin.
For more information contact MHS at 615-343-0916.
February 11, 2014
MHS Spring Lecture Series: Hot Topics in Medicine, Health, and Society
In Spring 2014, MHS will initiate an ongoing interactive series titled Hot Topics in MHS. The aim of this series is to engage with the controversies and contested terrain that emerge at the nexus of medicine, health, and society. The first two events in this series are:
April 9, 2014: The Politics of Childhood Vaccines
4:00pm-5:30pm: Colloquium: “The Legitimacy of Vaccine Critics: What’s Left after Autism?,” Anna Kirkland, Associate Professor of Women’s Studies and Political Science, University of Michigan
Location: Light Hall 208
Reception to follow.
Co-hosted by Vanderbilt Department of Political Science and Program in American Studies
All events are free and open to one and all.
February 11, 2014: Boundaries and Bodies: Current Debates in Sex and Health
11:00am-12:30pm: Panel, Boundaries and Bodies – Ken MacLeish, Aimi Hamraie, Ariane Cruz (PSU), Jonathan Metzl
Location: 201 Alumni Hall
4:00pm-5:30pm: Colloquium: “Dark Desires: Black Female Erotica,” Ariane Cruz, Assistant Professor, Department of Women’s Studies, Pennsylvania State University
Location: MHS, 300cc Calhoun
Reception to follow.
Co-hosted by Vanderbilt Women’s and Gender Studies
MHS Director Jonathan Metzl Speaks at the Walls and Bridges Festival in New York City
MHS Director Jonathan Metzl gives a lecture on racialization, mass shootings, and the stigma of mental illness at the Walls and Bridges Festival in New York. Watch Video.
MHS announces M.A. program in the Social Foundations of Health
The MA in the Social Foundations of Health emphasizes health disparities, interdisciplinary research, and critical perspectives on health and illness. The topically and methodologically broad curriculum draws on anthropology, history, psychology, sociology, ethics, policy studies, economics as well as Vanderbilt’s schools of medicine, nursing, law and public health. Through faculty research collaborations, students will acquire foundational skills that will help them pursue careers, or advanced degrees, in a wide array of health-related fields. Successful applicants are eligible for teaching assistantships and tuition scholarships.
Applications for fall 2014 admission are due January 15, 2014. For further information on our program and application process click here or contact us directly at email@example.com.