MHS Professor Derek Griffith discusses the Institute for Research on Men’s Health’s recent studies on men-specific motivational factors towards healthy living

Read more

Laura Stark discusses Johns Hopkins lawsuit in Baltimore Sun news, “Reforms aim to make medical research safer for subjects”

Read more→

MHS Director Jonathan Metzl Analyzes the Chapel Hill Shooting in His Article,“NC Shooting: When a parking dispute is also crime of hate”

Read more

MHS Professor Ken MacLeish Quoted in The Daily Beast on the Film American Sniper

Read more

MHS Student Daniel McNeill and The Melodores Named the Winners of The Sing-Off on NBC

Read more and watch the full episode here.


April 16-17, 2015

Gender, Health, and the South 2015 Symposium

April 16 & 17, 2015
Wake Forest University

Join the Anna Julia Cooper Center at Wake Forest University and the Center for Medicine, Health, and Society at Vanderbilt University for a day and a half symposium in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The symposium will bring together activists, scholars, and students to present original research and raise questions at the intersection of gender, race, region, and health. Panel discussions will address the social foundations of health; HIV, sexuality, and health care; pregnancy and reproductive justice; community-based health initiatives; practicing equitable health care; and the impact of gendered attitudes, narratives, and labor conditions. For more information, please visit Gender, Health, and the South 2015 Symposium.

March 12, 2015

MHS Professor Ken MacLeish Co-Hosts the Screening of the Documentary, Hell and Back Again, at the International Lens film series

Hell and Back Again
2011, Dir. Danfung Denis

Thursday, March 12
7:30 pm
Sarratt Cinema

This gripping film follows 25-year-old Marine Sgt. Nathan Harris through his return home and recovery following a devastating combat injury in Afghanistan. Filmmaker Dennis toggles between intense footage of Harris’ experiences while deployed and intimate scenes of his challenging return to civilian life and relationships. Professor MacLeish will briefly introduce the film and lead a discussion afterward. Funding and support provided by Ilens/Dean of Students Office and Mayfield Lodge Battle Scars. Read more

February 17-20, 2015

MHS hosts Workshop on Global Mental Health with support from Vanderbilt International Office, Research Scholars Lecture Series, and the Department of Psychiatry

Contested Global Biopsychiatry: Establishing an International Partnership For Critical and Constructive Global Mental Health.

Lectures and a workshop featuring Professor Nikolas Rose and other scholars from February 17-20, 2015. Funded with support from the Vanderbilt International Office, a Research Scholars Lecture Series grant, and the REAM Foundation.

Participants include Aimi Hamraie,  Alex Cohen,  Bahr Weiss,  Caroline Audet,  Dominique Behague,  Emily NacolEugene Raikhel,  Francisco Ortega,  Jonathan Metzl,  Junko Kitanaka,  Kenneth MacLeish,  Laura Stark,  Neely Myers,  Nick Manning,  Nikolas Rose,  Pamela Collins,  Ricardo Araya,  Sarah Igo,  Sharon Abramowitz,  Stephan Heckers,  Ted Fischer,  and Troy Moon.

February 24, 2015

Design Researcher Sara Hendren Headlines MHS Hot Topics, Investigating Normal: Art, Design, and Adaptive Technologies

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:

February 24, 2015: Investigating Normal: Art, Design, and Adaptive Technologies

4:00pm-5:30pm: Investigating Normal: Art, Design, and Adaptive Technologies, Sara Hendren, Assistant Professor of Design, Olin College of Engineering
Location: Sarratt Student Center 220

Co-sponsored by the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities, the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, & Public Policy, the Comparative Media Arts Project, the Department of Communication Studies, the Department of Art History, American Studies, the Peabody Department of Teaching and Learning, and the REAM Foundation

Exoskeletons, robotic limbs, all-terrain wheelchairs: “assistive technologies” usually refer to prosthetics and medical aids—tools, devices, and other gear that either restore or augment the functioning of body parts. Historically, these have been designed for people with diagnosable disabilities. In this lecture, Sara Hendren examines functional and cultural tools that investigate the “normal” body and mind—high-tech, low-tech, digital or analog—and how these technologies assist with visible and invisible needs, externalize hidden dynamics, and create capacities far beyond or outside ordinary functionality.

Sara Hendren is an artist, design researcher, and assistant professor of design at Olin College of Engineering. She writes and lectures on adaptive and assistive technologies, prosthetics, inclusive design, and related ideas, and she has just launched the Adaptation + Ability design lab at Olin. Her work has been exhibited in the US and abroad and is held in the permanent collection at MOMA (NYC), and her writing and design work have appeared in the Boston Globe, The Atlantic Tech, FastCo Design, and on National Public Radio (US), among others. She also runs the Abler website.


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

November 12, 2014

Ebola in Perspective: Health, Panic, and Politics

On Wednesday, November, 12, the Vanderbilt Center for Medicine, Health and Society hosted a cross-campus panel titled Ebola in Perspective: Health, Panic, and Politics. The panel brought clinicians and public health experts involved in treating the ebola virus into conversation with humanists, social scientists, and students who study the cultural tropes, colonial assumptions, and mainstream stereotypes that have spread alongside the virus.  Framing questions for the panel included, how can we separate reasoned preparation from blind panic?  In what ways does the spread of Ebola expose connections between local practices and global networks, impact travel or interpersonal interactions, or alter categories of “us” and “them”?  How might the lessons of ethnography and history better inform our present-day response?  And what are the implications for training students and health-care workers? The brief papers from the panel are summarized in the responses below….


William Schaffner, Professor of Preventive Medicine and Medicine (Infectious Diseases)

Muktar Aliyu, Associate Director for Research in the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health, Associate Professor of Health Policy

Dianna Bell, Mellon Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Studies

Else Sharp, MA student, Medicine, Health, and Society

Dominique Behague, Associate Professor, Medicine, Health, and Society and Department of Anthropology

Jonathan Metzl (moderator), MHS

To view the rest of the photos from this panel click here