" 1619-2019: Medicine, Arts, and Social Justice: From Jamestown to Flint" Symposium

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Michaela Rossi,
Joanne Braxton

 WILLIAMSBURG – The Africana Studies Program Middle Passage Project of the College of William & Mary has coordinated with Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS), The Lemon Project, and The Governor’s School for the Arts to present the first Medicine, Arts and Social Justice symposium, “1619-2019: From Jamestown to Flint.”

The symposium will take place on Saturday, April 23 in the Tidewater room at William & Mary’s Sadler Center, located next to Zable Stadium off Richmond Road. The symposium, sponsored by the W&M Africana Studies Program Middle Passage Project, runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free and open to the public. The one day symposium has been organized entirely by Professor Joanne Braxton’s “Medicine, Arts and Social Justice” students as a practical aspect of their coursework this semester. Michaela Rossi and Gavin Oplinger are co-coordinators of the event.

Dr. Teresa Babineau, Associate Dean of Students at EVMS, who is a member of the  William & Mary-EVMS Narrative Medicine for Excellence team, will give the keynote address at 1 p.m., her subject entitled “Everyone Has a Story: Narrative Medicine as Social Activism.” Other participants include Professor Jody Allen of the Lemon Project and Professor Artisia Green, of the Africana Studies Program. Professor Green is also a member of the William & Mary-EVMS Narrative Medicine for Excellence team.

The symposium will feature morning presentations by W&M students on issues ranging from cross-cultural medicine and the international refugee crisis to the impact of trauma and the importance of trauma management, especially for those in the helping and healing professions. The presentations, grouped thematically, are aimed at shedding light on the vast range of health care and social justice issues present across multiple disciplines.

 This is an excellent opportunity for the community to come together to listen to and discuss public health and the relationship of health care and social justice issues in our society today.

 Following the keynote address, actors from The Governor’s School for the Arts will Theatre Department will perform “Reframe the Shame.” The goal of this work is to spread awareness about the stigma surrounding mental illness as it reflects the thoughts of youth who struggled with depression, especially after being bullied. The outline for the performance, built collaboratively by Mr. Steve Earle of the Governor’s School with colleagues from Norfolk State University, comes from anonymous transcripts from real people who consider themselves to be depressed and have contemplated suicide.   

 Dancers from the Leah Glenn Dance Theatre will also perform a piece, “Hush,” about the communication and relationship between a parent and her autistic child. Hush will be performed again at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. on May 28.

Brian Dias Public Lecture

Traumatic and stressful events undoubtedly impact the physiology and neurobiology of the exposed population and often times catalyze the development of neuropsychiatric disorders like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anxiety, and phobias. More recently, studies involving descendants of Holocaust survivors, famine-exposed populations, and mothers subjected to abuse, provide evidence that the effects of such trauma and stress extend beyond the ancestral generation. This lecture will address our current understanding of the mechanisms underlying neuropsychiatric disorders in ancestral and descendant populations, and also discuss therapeutic interventions that range from molecular neuroscience to contemplative traditions like meditation.

Location: Washington Hall 201

Date and Time: Thursday, October 1, 2015; 5:00 pm - 6:00pm 

A Talk by W&M Biology Professor Shanta Hinton

The Narrative Medicine for Excellence Project presents Professor Shanta Hinton discussing the "Forgotten Father of Epigenetics:" E. Ernest Just, 1883-1941. Following Professor Hinton's talk, there will be a response by Brian Dias, a distinguished visiting professor. 

Location: 221 James Blair Hall

Date and Time: Thursday, October 1, 2015; 12:30 pm -1:30 pm 

"Quality Improvement, Physician Well-Being and Narrative Medicine"

Natasha Sriraman, M.D., Associate Professor of Pediatrics, EVMS
Terri Babineau, M.D., Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, Associate Professor, Family and Community Medicine, EVMS
Joanne Braxton, Ph.D., Frances L. and Edwin L. Cummings Professor of the Humanities, William & Mary
June 1, 2015, CHKD, 2nd Floor Pediatric Conference Room, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
June 2, 2015
, Hofheimer Hall 753, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Event flyer (pdf)

"Why Stories Matter: Understanding Narrative Medicine"

Middle Passage Project Health Equity Lecture Series, co-sponsored by the Office of Diversity
Natasha Sriraman, M.D., Pediatrics Faculty, EVMS
March 27, 2015, Tucker Hall 127a, 4 p.m.
Event flyer (pdf)

"Unconscious Bias: Overcoming the Demons of Inequality"

Middle Passage Project Health Equity Lecture Series, co-sponsored by the Office of Diversity
Mekbib Gemeda, Vice President for Diversity, EVMS
February 27, 2015, James Blair Hall 227, 4 p.m.
Event flyer (pdf)

"They Told Me to Stay in My Place: I Went to Med School Instead"

Middle Passage Project Health Equity Lecture Series, co-sponsored by the Office of Diversity
Terri Babineau, M.D., Dean of Students, EVMS;
February 20, 2015, Millington Hall 117, 4 p.m.
Event flyer (pdf)