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On Illness: Medicine, Media, Society, and the Experience of Health

Panel discussion on illness in society: Nortin Hadler, Kaja Finkler, and Tom Linden

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On Illness: Medicine, Media, Society, and the Experience of Health

The Vanderwoude Family Seminar

October 23, 2009

The humanities deal with those issues that define the human condition, and health and illness are central in defining our lives. But how do we decide if we are sick or well? Is illness culturally and socially defined? What role does the media play in helping people make decisions about our health?

This seminar will start with a specific issue--back pain--as a human predicament, a profound social problem, a medical issue, and a vexing public policy challenge. Mexico and other countries will serve as illustrations to explore how people explain, experience, and give meaning to their bodies and their pains in diverse ways. We’ll learn how medical reporters evaluate the newsworthiness of developments in the fields of medicine and psychology and learn how people can use information gleaned from medical reporting to their advantage. stethoscope

Topics and Speakers

Backbone: Personal, Social and Policy consequences of Low Back Pain
Nortin Hadler, M.D., Professor of Medicine

The Meaning and Experience of Illness from a Cross Cultural Perspective
Kaja Finkler, Emerita Professor of Anthropology

What Makes Medical News
Tom Linden, M.D., Glaxo Wellcome Distinguished Professor of Medical Journalism and Director, Medical & Science Journalism Program

What is Illness and What is Health?
A panel discussion with our speakers

Time and Cost

3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Friday, October 23, 2009. The tuition is $125 ($110 by September 4). Tuition for teachers is $62.50 ($55 by September 4). 10 contact hours for 1 unit of renewal credit. The optional dinner is $20.00.

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Co-Sponsored by the General Alumni Association.
For information about GAA discounts and other scholarships available to Humanities Program participants, click here.

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