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CONVERGENCE: a show about the future

Join us for Convergence on Thurs, 11/9!

A team of researchers recently announced that they successfully brought premature baby goats to term in a new artificial womb. So, how might an artificial womb be used with human babies in neonatal units? How might it impact difficult early life-and-death decisions? How might an artificial womb affect a woman’s legal right to an abortion? What does the history of childbirth tell us about how this technology could shape what it means to be a mother in the future?

Convergence is a new live show and podcast that brings two people from vastly different fields into conversation about how emerging science and tech will affect culture, society, and politics in the near future. How will machine learning (really) affect labor? How is asteroid mining already privatizing space? What new science is already on the horizon what ethical, legal, and policy questions do we need to ask today to help shape the future we want tomorrow?

This month, host Meehan Crist will be joined by legal scholar Kimberly Mutcherson, whose work focuses on reproductive justice, family and the state, along with medical writer Randi Hutter Epstein, M.D., an expert in the history of childbirth, to ask: How will a new artificial womb affect women’s health and reproductive rights?

The show will be recorded live at Caveat. Doors at 7; show at 7:30.

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Explorations in the Medical Humanities Lecture Series, Fall 2017

We’ve asked scholars from around the world to visit New York this fall and participate in a lecture series at the Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University. (The full program is listed here.)

September 11 – features Anita Guerrini (U Oregon), a historian who has recently published The Courtiers’ Anatomists: Animals and Humans in Louis XIV’s Paris (2015). Pamela Smith, the director of the Making and Knowing Project, will respond, with Heidi Hausse moderating.

September 25 – features Pierce Salguero (Penn State), an interdisciplinary scholar working on intersections between Buddhism and medicine. Michael Como responds and Lan Li moderates.

September 26 – Special Event – guest lecture by Anne-Lise François (Berkeley), a Romanticist.

October 2 – features Céline Frigau Manning (Paris 8), a music historian investigating the medical uses of hypnosis in the nineteenth century. Joelle Abi-Rached responds and Carmel Raz moderates.

October 16 – features Jesús R. Velasco (Columbia), a historian whose work intersects medicine, psychology, and the law for medieval Parisian and Andalusi thinkers. Rishi Goyal responds and Arden Hegele moderates.

October 30 – features Ben Breen (UCSC), a historian of the early modern period who examines the influence of the British and Portuguese empires on the development of pharmaceuticals. Joel Klein responds and Heidi Hausse moderates.

December 11 – features Megan Coyer (Glasgow), a literary scholar and the author of Literature and Medicine in the Nineteenth-Century Periodical Press (2017). Cristobal Silva responds and Arden Hegele moderates.

Books, Health and History: New York Academy of Medicine

Fall 2017 Events
New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Ave at 103rd St

First Monday Tours: Join us on the first Monday of every month (excluding holidays) to see highlights from the collection in the Drs. Barry and Bobbi Coller Rare Book Reading Room. 12 pm, meet in the Academy lobby.
Sept 14-Oct 5: Embroidering Medicine Workshop, 6pm-8:30.
Sept 15: Atlas Obscura Session: Cookery, 11am-12:15pm.
Sept 18: Plant Cure Brown Bag Artist’s Talk, 12pm-1pm.
Oct 5: More than Medicine: Social Justice and Feminist Movements for Health, 6:30pm-8pm.
Oct 10: Psychiatry’s Most Misunderstood Founding Father: Adolf Meyer, 6pm-7:30pm.
Oct 15: Open House New York Festival, 10am-5pm.
Oct 17: A History of American War in Five Bodies, 6pm-7:30pm.
Nov 8: Atlas Obscura After Hours Session 3: Women and Medicine, 6pm-7:30pm.
Nov 14: Unable to Breathe: Race, Asthma, and the Environment in Civil Rights Era New Orleans and New York, 6pm-7:30pm.
Nov 29: The Sherlock Holmes of Non-Fiction Medical Writers, 6pm-7:30pm.

New group: Medical Humanities at Humanities Commons

For scholars working on questions about medicine, healing, health, and illness using theories and methods from the humanities, fine and performing arts, and social sciences. All area studies (Asia, Africa, Europe, North America, etc.) are welcome.

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