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

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

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

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MHS Director Jonathan Metzl’s and Professor Kenneth MacLeish’s Research featured in The New York Times

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Research News @ Vanderbilt Highlights MHS Director Jonathan Metzl and Professor Ken MacLeish’s Analysis of Mental Illness and Gun Violence

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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

October 17, 2014

MHS Professor Derek Griffith Speaks at the Vanderbilt Center for Diabetes Translation Research

Professor Griffith talks about physical activity interventions for African American men. Read more→

October 23, 2014

MHS Director Jonathan Metzl Speaks at the University of Colorado’s Center for Bioethics and Humanities

The second annual Henry and Janet Claman Endowed Professorship in the Medical Humanities brings Jonathan Metzl, MD, PhD, who will present, “Mental Illness, Mass Shootings and the Politics of American Firearms,” on Thursday, October 23rd from noon-1:00pm at the Fulginiti Pavilion.

October 21, 2014

Panel: Men’s Health and the Politics of Masculinity

Featuring the work of Professors Derek Griffith (MHS), Ken MacLeish (MHS), Claire King (Communication Studies), Tyson Brown (Sociology); moderated by Jonathan Metzl (MHS).

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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