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Spring 2014

January 2014

  • Monday, January 6 — The Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE) will be accepting applications from MD students. As part of the fellowship, all program costs, including international travel, lodging, and food are covered. Students can apply any time through the deadline date of January 6. For more information, students should review the program flyer.

February 2014

  • Monday, February 3 — Rice University's Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality and Humanities Research Center present "Your Shell on Acid: Posthuman Vulnerability, Anthropocene Dissolutions, and Queer Desire." Guest speaker Stacy Alaimo is Professor of English at the University of Texas at Arlington. The talk is presented by the 2013-14 seminar "Materialism and New Materialism Across the Disciplines." The lecture is scheduled from 4:00-5:30 pm in 307 Sewall Hall.

  • Saturday, February 8 — "'I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar': Countering Systems of Gender Inequity, Racism, and Machismo in Ecuador," will be presented by Sonia Viveros Padilla at Rice University. The lecture will be held in Room 212 in Herzstein Hall from 9:45 am-12:00 pm. Rice's Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality is sponsoring the talk.

  • Saturday, February 8 —The Pre-Medical Society at Rice University presents its Second Annual Medical Speaker Conference with the theme, "A Boon or Burden?: The Role of Technology for the Modern Doctor." The conference will be held in McMurtry Auditorium in Duncan Hall, with the first lecture scheduled at 1:00 pm. Those interested in attending can register and view the lecture schedule here.

  • Sunday, February 9 — The Strange Demise of Jim Crow, a film created and executive produced by Center Director, Dr. Thomas Cole, will be screened at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, beginning at 5pm with panel discussion following. Dr. Cole will moderate the discussion, featuring panel participants Reverend William Lawson of Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church, Reverend Bill Kerly of St. Paul's United Methodist Church, and Amanda Edwards, an associate with Bracewell & Giuliani LLP. Tickets are free, but must be requested through the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

  • Monday, February 10 — Dr. Hugh Ross will speak at the Baylor Medical Christian Medical & Dental Association (CMDA). Dr. Ross will present, "Ask the Beasts and Birds," followed by a Q & A. Dr. Ross is a Canadian American astrophysicist and has often lectured on the topic of old earth creationism. The event is free and open to the public, and will be held in MSB 2.006 from 12:00-1:00 pm.

  • Monday, February 10 — Dr. Ross will also present, "Origin of the Universe and Fine-Tuning for Life on Earth," from 7:00-10:00 pm at Rice University. The presentation will take place in the McMurtry Auditorium at Duncan Hall. Dr. Ross' lecture will explore answers to questions on what happened at the beginning of the universe and whether the fine-tuning of life is a sign of the Creator. This lecture is free and open to the public.

  • Tuesday, February 11 — The Institute for Spirituality and Health (ISH) will hold a panel on "Emotional and Practical Considerations for Alzheimer's Caregivers." Topics will include medical considerations, spiritual issues, ethical concerns, and social implications in caring for someone with Alzheimer's Disease and/or dementia. The event cost is $20.00 to $30.00, and advance registration is required through the website. The event will be held in the auditorium at The Hope and Healing Center located at 717 Sage Road from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm.

  • Tuesday, February 11 — The Program will host its annual event, "A Night of Sharing." This event is an opportunity for students participating in the program to share something: a poem, a song, photographs, artwork, and so on. Third- and fourth-year students are encouraged to bring a selection from their journaling year. This will be held in MSB B.645 from 6:30-8:00 pm. Refreshments will be served.

  • Thursday, February 13 — Memorial Hermann, through the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare, presents a panel discussion on "Premature Labor & Problematic Decisions." Facilitators Matthew Harbison, M.D., and Brent Peery, D.Min., will join panelists Claire Hill, R.N., Casey Hedges, L.M.S.W., and Patrick Jones, M.D., to discuss the case. Complimentary lunch will be served at 11:30 am with the program following from 12:00-1:00 pm. More details on the case to be discussed can be found on the program flyer.

  • Monday, February 17 — The University of Houston continues its Ethics in Science Lecture Series with "'Broken Symmetry': Humanism, Militarism, and the Dilemmas of Scientific Identity in Nuclear Age America," presented by Professor Jessica Wang. The lecture is scheduled from 11:00 am-12:30 pm in 232 Philip G. Hoffman Hall. More details are available at the Ethics in Science site.

  • Tuesday, February 18 — The Religion and Public Life Program presents, "The Impact of Asian Americans on the American Religious Landscape," with guest speakers, Drs. Prema Kurien and Pawan Dhingra, Professors of Sociology at Syracuse University and Dr. Jerry Park, Associate Professor of Sociology at Baylor University. The Program is sponsored by the Social Sciences Research Institute at Rice University. The lecture will be held in McMurtry Auditorium in Duncan Hall from 7:00-8:00 pm. The event is free, but registration is requested here.

  • Wednesday, February 19 — The Alley Theatre presents Freud's Last Session, the story of a meeting between Dr. Sigmund Freud and C. S. Lewis. The Program has obtained 8 tickets available for students on a first come, first served basis. The show starts at 7:30 pm. Please RSVP by email today if you are interested in attending!

  • Thursday, February 20 — Through its Graw/Wawro lecture, the Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality presents, "Sex Cells: The Medical Market for Eggs and Sperm." Presenter Rene Almeling is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Yale University. The lecture is scheduled from 6:00-7:30 pm in McMurtry Auditorium in Duncan Hall.

  • Tuesday, February 25 — The Institute for Spirituality and Health presents, "Spirituality in Addiction Recovery: Personal, Historical, and Clinical Perspectives," as part of a series on "Spirituality in Care." The event will take place from 5:30-7:30 pm, and will include presentation and roundtable discussions on Historical Perspectives by Claire Clark, M.A., a pre-doctoral fellow with the McGovern Center, Peronsal Story with Scott Basinger, Ph.D., and Clinical Perspectives with Jason Powers, M.D., and Michael Sprintz, D.O. Registration is required through the ISH site, and more details can be found here.

  • Tuesday, February 25 — The Arts in the Humanities Lecture Series at Rice University will present artist Melanie Smith. The event will be held at the Rice Cinema Film Theatre of the Rice Media Center from 7:00-9:30 pm. More information can be viewed here.

March 2014

  • Thursday, March 6 — The 8th Annual Cheves Smyth Distinguished Lecture will be held from 4:00-5:00 pm in MSB 3.001. Presenter Luis Miguel Gutierrez-Robledo, Director General of the National Institute of Geriatrics, Mexico will present, "Screening for Frailty: Is It Useful from the Clinical and Public Health Perspectives?" The talk will examine frailty, dementia, and the interface between the two conditions.

  • Friday, March 7 — The Humanities Research Center of Rice University presents, "Consciousness in the 20th Century" with Galen Strawson, Professor of Philosophy, University of Reading. The lecture is scheduled in Room 119 of the Humanities Building from 4:00-5:30 pm. This presentation is part of the Rice seminar, "Materialism and New Materialism Across the Disciplines". More information can be found here.

  • Wednesday, March 12 — The Institute for Spirituality and Health presents "Case Studies in Spirituality and Aging: A Dialogue Between a Priest and a Physician." The event is the second in a ten-part series on spirituality in care. The event will be held from 5:30-7:30 pm at 8100 Greenbriar, #220. Space is limited, so those interested in attending are asked to register in advance.

  • Thursday, March 20 — The Medical Humanities & Ethics Program will host its Annual Poster Symposium to showcase the research projects of graduating fourth-year students in the program. This will be held in the MSB Leather Lounge from 11:30 am-1:00 pm; refreshments will be served. No RSVPs are required, but we encourage you to attend and show your support for fellow Program students. Flyer

  • Thursday, March 20 — The Marian Fox Martel Distinguished Lecture in Gender and Science is sponsored by Rice's Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality. Emily Martin, Professor of Anthropology, Institute for the History of Production of Knowledge at New York University will present, "Cultures of Mania: Toward an Anthropology of Mood" from 6:00-7:30 pm in Room 100, Herring Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public, but space is limited and an RSVP is requested. To reserve a spot, email by March 18. An abstract and speaker biography are available here.

  • Tuesday, March 25 — Rice's History Department and Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality co-sponsor its Annual Women's History Month Lecture. This year's topic is "Women and Social Justice Today: What's History Got to Do with It?" presented by Jacqueline Jones. Dr. Jones is the Walter Prescott Webb Chair in History and Ideas, and the Mastin Gentry Professor of Southern History at The University of Texas at Austin. The lecture is from 5:00-7:00 pm in Room 100 of Herring Hall.

  • Thursday, March 27 — The UTHealth Neuroscience Research Center will hold its 2014 Distinguished Lecture in the Neurosciences with Dr. Huda Y. Zoghbi. Dr. Zoghbi is Professor at Baylor College of Medicine and Director of the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at Texas Children's Hospital, and Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The event is scheduled from 4:00-5:00 pm in MSB 3.001.

  • Friday, March 28 — The Religion and Public Life Program and MD Anderson's Department of Integrative Medicine sponsor this panel discussion on "Does Religion Prevent or Promote Health?" Panelists include Dr. Alejandro Chaoul, Assistant Professor and Director of Education, Integrative Medicine Program at MD Anderson, Dr. Alexander Prokhorov, Professor, Department of Behavioral Science at MD Anderson, and Dr. Barnes, Associate Professor, Internal Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. The lecture will be held in the Farnsworth Pavilion RMC/Ley Student Center from 8:00-9:00 am.

  • Monday, March 31 — The Integrative Biology and Pharmacology Seminar Series will feature "Chronic Pain After Central Injury: Unexpected Mechanisms in Peripheral Sensory Neurons," with Edgar T. Walters, Ph.D. Dr. Walters is Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology and Pharmacology at UTHealth. The lecture will be held in MSB 2.135 from 4:00-5:00 pm.

  • Monday, March 31 — The Rice University History Department sponsors the 2014 Kalb Lecture. John Hawks will present, "How Genetics Is Expanding and Deepening History," from 4:30-6:00 pm in Room 309 of Sewall Hall. More details can be found here.

April 2014

  • Tuesday, April 1 — The McGovern Center's Program in Interprofessional Ethics will bring Dr. Steven Miles for several lectures, beginning with Internal Medicine Grand Rounds. Dr. Miles will present, "The Role of Physicians in Torture," in MSB 2.103 from 12:00-1:00 pm. Dr. Miles is Professor of Medicine and Bioethics, and Maas Family Endowed Chair in Bioethics at the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis. Flyer.

  • Tuesday, April 1 — Dr. Steven Miles will present, "Gun Morbidity and Mortality from a Public Health Perspective," with the Ethics in Public Health course. The presentation will be from 4:00-5:00 pm in RAS E-101. Flyer

  • Wednesday, April 2 — Dr. Steven Miles will present on the Ethics of Medical Devices and Conflict of Interest with the Hot Topics in Ethics blue book lecture series. The talk will take place from 12:00-1:00 pm in MSB B.605. Hot Topics Schedule

  • Thursday, April 3 — Co-sponsored by the Program in Interprofessional Ethics and the Institute for Academic Medicine at Methodist Hospital, Dr. Miles will present, "The Hippocratic Oath and the Ethics of Medicine" at the Methodist Bioethics Grand Rounds. The lecture will be held at the Methodist Research Institute Auditorium (R2-306), located at 6670 Bertner, from 12:00-1:00 pm. CME and CEU credit will be available, and lunch will be served for the first 200 attendees. Flyer.

  • Thursday, April 3 — Memorial Hermann presents its next Schwartz Center Rounds lecture with "Generosity in the Midst of Tragedy." The discussion will focus on the case of a young woman who suffered traumatic injuries in a car accident. Facilitators Matthew Harbison, MD, and Brent Peery, DMin will be joined by Ross Kruger, husband of the former patient and organ donor, and Courtney Arning, BS, a LifeGift Donation Specialist. The event will be held in the Hermann Conference Center from 12:00-1:00 pm, with complimentary lunch at 11:30 am. Flyer

  • Saturday, April 5 — The UTHealth Neuroscience Research Center will host the 19th Annual Public Forum from 10:30 am-12:00 pm at the Cooley University Life Center (7440 Cambridge). The forum will address, "MS Update: Advances in Diagnosis and Management of Multiple Sclerosis." A panel discussion will be co-moderated by Country recording artist, Clay Walker, and Dr. Jerry Wolinsky, the UTHealth Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Research Group. The event is free and open to the public, but advance registration is requested through NRC.

  • Tuesday, April 8 — Rice University's Fondren Library presents, "The Books That Shaped My World," with Mary B. McIntire, Dean of Continuing Studies in the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies. The event is free and open to the public, and will be held from 7:00-9:30 pm in the Farnsworth Pavilion RMC/Ley Student Center.

  • Thursday, April 10 — The Department of Modern and Classical Languages at the University of Houston presents, "Behind the Mask: WWI, Plastic Surgery, and the Modern Beauty Revolution." Guest speaker, Dr. David M. Lubin of Wake Forest University, is a noted scholar of American art and popular culture. This lecture is free and open to the public, and will be held from 4:00-5:30 pm in room SEC 105. Further details available here.

  • Monday, April 14 — The Religion and Life Program of the Social Science Research Institute at Rice University will present, "A Public Conversation on Religious Understandings of Science," from 7:00-8:00 pm in McMurtry Auditorium. Professor Elaine Howard Ecklund will be joined by Dr. Jennifer Wiseman (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center), Professor Philip Clayton (Claremont School of Theology), and Fr. Donald Nesti (University of St. Thomas). RSVPs are requested through here.

  • Wednesday, April 16 — University of Houston's Ethics in Science series continues with, "The Decision to Put David Vetter in the Bubble," with Dr. James H. Jones. The talk will feature discussion about David Vetter, a 12 year-old boy put into a bubble due to a rare genetic disease. The lecture will take place from 11:00 am-12:30 pm in Room 232 of Philip G. Hoffman Hall. More information about the lecture can be found here.

  • Wednesday, April 16 - Thursday, April 17 — "New Frontiers of Therapeutic Agents-Successes in Drugging the Undruggable" is the topic for the 3rd Annual Conference of the Texas Screening Alliance for Cancer Therapeutics. The conference will be held at Rice University's BioScience Research Collaborative, and advance registration is required. Those interested in attending can find the full agenda and registration information through

  • Thursday, April 17 — The Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning at Rice University will host the next lecture in its Leadership Lecture Series. Deborah Bial, President and Founder of The Posse Foundation, will speak in Room 309 of Sewall Hall from 6:30-7:30 pm. Additional details about the lecture and speaker can be found through the CERCL site.

  • Friday, April 18 — MD Anderson brings the Women Leading the Way Lecture Series, sponsored by Women Faculty Programs. Guest speaker Claudia R. Baquet, MD, MPH, will present "Opportunities to Address Cancer Disparities: Ensuring Access to and Quality of Oncology Care in the Affordable Care Act Landscape." Dr. Baquet is Professor of Medicine, Associate Dean for Policy and Planning, and Director for the Center for Health Disparities at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. The lecture is scheduled from 12:00-1:30 pm in FCT 3.5001 Pickens Classroom. More information is available through the MD Anderson event page.

  • Monday, April 21 — The Annual John P. McGovern Award Lecture Series in Health Promotion will be held from 11:30 am-1:00 pm at the School of Public Health Auditorium. Dr. Kate Lorig, Director of the Stanford Patient Education Research Center and Professor of Medicine at Stanford School of Medicine will present "Chronic Disease Self-Management from Dissertation to Return on Investment," as she receives this award for health promotion.

  • Tuesday, April 22 — The Medical Humanities & Ethics Program will host its Spring Happy Hour beginning at 6:30 pm at Trevisio. Students and applicants of the Program are encouraged to attend this social outing.

  • Thursday, April 24 — Rice's Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality will present its next Gray/Wawro Lecture from 6:00-7:30 pm in McMurtry Auditorium in Duncan Hall. Jennifer S. Hirsch, Professor and Deputy Chair for Doctoral Studies in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences in the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, will present "The Inevitability of Infidelity: Gender, Sexuality, and Marriage as a Risk Factor for HIV Infection." More details about the lecture and Dr. Hirsch can be found here.
  • Friday, April 25 - Saturday, April 26 — The Rice Humanities Research Center will host a closing conference for the "Materialism and New Materialism Across the Disciplines" series. The conference will be held in the Founders Room at Lovett Hall. Additional details will be made available soon.

  • Wednesday, April 30 — The Institute for Medical Humanities at UTMB presents a film and discussion on "Dax Cowart, Forty Years: Reflections on Patients' Rights." The event will be held at the Aurora Picture Show located at 2442 Bartlett Street. The event is free and open to the public. Flyer

  • May 2014

    • Friday, May 9 - Saturday, May 10 — Visual Image and the Future of the Medical Humanities is the focus of an upcoming conference co-sponsored by the Institute for Medical Humanities at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Honors College at the University of Houston, and the Art & Design Research Institute at the University of Ulster, Belfast. Presentations and discussions will address the role of visual images in the medical humanities. The conference will begin on Friday afternoon and conclude on Saturday afternoon at the Open Gates Conference Center, located at 2419 Sealy Ave near 25th and Broadway in Galveston. Online advance and on-site registration is available. More details can be found here as can abstracts of the presentations.

    • Saturday, May 10 — The Institute for Spirituality and Health presents, "Balancing Medicine and Marriage/Family Life." The interactive seminar is scheduled from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm at 8100 Greenbriar, Suite 220. This event will count as two for program students. Although the event is free to attend, an RSVP is requested. Flyer

    • Tuesday, May 27 — The Medical Humanities Program will celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates of the Class of 2014 at the Annual Medical Humanities Graduation Banquet. The event will be held at Trevisio Restaurant from 6:00-8:00 pm. All current students of the program are invited to attend. Save the Date.

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