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2010-2011

Wednesday, September 22, 2010: The Writer as Doctor: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and the Production of Medical Discourse, talk and book signing by Martha Cutter, PhD, Assoc. Professor of English and African American Studies, UConn, author of Unruly Tongue: Identity and Voice in American Women's Writing, 1850-1930; and The Doctor as Writer, a talk by Susan Makowski, MD, Palliative Care Program Director, Hematology/Oncology Division, UMass Memorial. Co-sponsored by the Office of Medical History and Archives. Reception and Symposium, Library's Rare Book Room, 5:30 pm. Refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010: Medicine in Translation, talk and book signing by Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD, NYU School of Medicine, Editor-in-Chief, Bellevue Literary Review, author of Medicine in Translation: Journeys with my Patients. Library's Rare Book Room, 5:00 pm. Refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010: From the Barnyard to the Classics: Paths to Knowing our Patients, talk and book signing by Penny Armstrong, CNM, MSN, University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. Library's Rare Book Room, 5:00 pm. Refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011: A talk and book signing by Jay M. Baruch, MD, Brown University, Emergency Medicine, Director: Ethics Curriculum, author of Fourteen Stories: Doctors, Patients, and Other Strangers. Library's Rare Book Room, 5:00 pm. Refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011: Oliver Wendell Holmes: Physician and Man of Letters, talk and book signing by Scott Harris Podolsky, MD, Harvard University, Asst. Professor, Dept. of Social Medicine, Director of the Center for the History of Medicine, Countway Medical Library. Co-sponsored by the Office of Medical History and Archives. Library's Rare Book Room, 5:00 pm. Refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011: The Seventh Annual Gerald F. Berlin Awards for Creative Writing Ceremony and Reading, honoring the UMMS winners of the creative writing contest. Co-sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs and the Office of Medical Education.

2009-2010

Wednesday, May 19, 2010: A talk and book signing by Tracy Kidder, Pulitzer-prize winning author of Mountains Beyond Mountains and Strength in What Remains. Event co-sponsored by the Worcester District Medical Society.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010: The Sixth Annual Gerald F. Berlin Awards for Creative Writing Ceremony and Reading, honoring the UMMS winners of the creative writing contest. Co-sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs and the Office of Medical Education.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010: A talk and book signing by Lucy M. Candib, MD, Professor, and Sara Shields, MD, Clinical Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health, UMMS, editors of Women-Centered Care in Pregnancy and Childbirth.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010: "The Art of Anatomy," a talk by Anne Gilroy, Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, UMMS, and author of Atlas of Anatomy. Library's Rare Book Room, 5:00 pm. Refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009: "Personal Stories, Political Change: Women Physicians and American Medicine," a talk and book signing by Ellen More, PhD., LSL Office of Medical History and Archives and Professor of Psychiatry, UMMS, editor of Women Physicians and the Cultures of Medicine. Library's Rare Book Room, 5:00 pm. Refreshments will be served.

Thursday, October 15, 2009: "Navigating the Art of Medicine," a talk and book signing by David Watts, MD, NPR commentator, inventor, poet, gastroenterologist, and author of The Orange Wire Problem and Other Tales from the Doctor's Office. Library's Rare Book Room, 5:30 pm. Refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009; 5:00 p.m.: A presentation and book signing by Jeremy Greene, MD, PhD, of Harvard University, author of the book Prescribing By Numbers: Drugs and the Definition of Disease (2007, Johns Hopkins University Press), will take place in the Rare Book Room of the Lamar Soutter Library. Refreshments will be served. Co-sponsored by the Department of Psychiatry at UMass Medical School.

2008-2009

Wednesday, May 20, 2009; 6:00 p.m.: A talk by Rita Charon, MD, PhD., of Columbia University, a pioneer and national authority in the field of literature and medicine, and narrative studies, will take place in the Hiatt Auditorium, S1-608, UMass Medical School. Co-sponsored by the Humanities in Medicine Committee, Worcester District Medical Society, and the Department of Medicine.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009; 4:30-6:00 p.m.: Fifth Annual Gerald F. Berlin Prize for Creative Writing Award Ceremony & Readings. The Gerald F. Berlin Prize is being awarded for an essay, a poem or series of poems, or a work of short fiction written by a University of Massachusetts medical student or resident. The award ceremony will take place in the Rare Book Room of the Lamar Soutter Library. Refreshments will be served. Co-sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs, the Office of Educational Affairs, and the Humanities in Medicine Committee.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009; 6:00 p.m.: "Poets on Prozac: Mental Illness, Treatment and the Creative Process," a reading and book signing, will be presented in the Hiatt Auditorium of UMass Medical School. Richard M. Berlin, MD, associate professor of psychiatry at UMass Medical School, and Gwyneth Lewis, DPhil, Wales' first National Poet from 2005-2006 and a nonfiction writer, will read selections from Poets on Prozac. Co-sponsored by the Department of Psychiatry at UMass Medical School. Reception will be in the Lamar Soutter Library at 5:30 p.m.

Friday, January 9, 2009; 11:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.: "The Wisdom of Wit: An Artistic Portrayal of Life, Relationships and the Human Spirit," will be presented in Amphitheater 1 of UMass Medical School. Megan Cole originated the role of Vivian Bearing in the world premiere of WIT in 1995, which allowed her to work directly with the playwright, Margaret Edson, in honing and understanding this exceptional play. She developed a solo version called The Wisdom of WIT, which offers insight into the mental, emotional and spiritual issues that cancer patients often face. Co-sponsored by the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and the Worcester District Medical Society. Lunch will be served; please RSVP to Nancy Harger, 508-856-3334.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008; 5:00 p.m.: "Writing that changes lives: the importance of sharing health stories," by Kris Holloway, who will present reflections and a signing of her book Monique and the Mango Rains. Reception in the Library from 5:00-5:30 p.m.; presentation in the Hiatt Auditorium, UMass Medical School: 5:30-7:00 p.m. Co-sponsored by the Department of Family Medicine & Community Health, the International Medical Education Program, and the International Health Student Interest Group.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008; 5:00 p.m.: "A Walk to Beautiful," a Nova documentary capturing hard truths in Ethiopia, will be presented in Amphitheater 2 of UMass Medical School. A panel discussion will follow the movie showing; pizza and salad will be served. Co-sponsored by the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and the OB/GYN and Family Medicine Student Groups.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008; 5:30 p.m.: Gertrude Halstead, Poet Laureate of Worcester and Holocaust survivor, will present a reading and film screening entitled "Memories Like Burrs" in Amphitheater 1 of UMass Medical School. Reception at 5:00. Co-sponsored by the Lamar Soutter Library.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008; 5:30 p.m.: John Harley Warner, Ph.D, Avalon Professor and Chair of the History of Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine, will speak on "The Image of Modern Medicine: Professional Identity and Visual Culture in America at the Turn of the 20th Century" in Amphitheater 2 of UMass Medical School. Reception at 5:00 in the Lamar Soutter Library. Co-sponsored by the Office of Medical History and Archives.

2007-2008

Wednesday, May 21, 2008; 5:30-7:00 p.m.: You are invited to attend a lecture and book signing by Dr. Lori Arviso Alvord, M.D., the first Navajo woman surgeon and author of The Scalpel and the Silver Bear. The reception at 5:30 in the Library Conference Room of the Lamar Soutter Library will be followed by the lecture from 6:00 - 7:00 in the Lazare Auditorium (the Goff Learning Center, S1-607, just to the left of the entrance to the library) with the book signing after the lecture.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008; 4:30-6:00 p.m.: You are invited to attend the Fourth Annual Gerald F. Berlin Prize for Creative Writing Award Ceremony & Readings in the Rare Book Room, Lamar Soutter Library, UMass Medical School. Refreshments will be served. The Gerald F. Berlin Prize is being awarded for an essay, a poem or series of poems, or a work of short fiction written by a University of Massachusetts medical student or resident.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008: Professor Carla Yanni, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Art History and Assistant Vice President for Undergraduate Academic Affairs at Rutgers University, will present a talk, "The Architecture of Madness: Insane Asylums in the United States," and the signing of her book by the same title. The reception in the Rare Book Room of the Lamar Soutter Library will begin at 5:00 p.m., and the talk will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by the book signing from 6:30-7:00 p.m. Co-sponsored by the Office of Medical History and Archives.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008: Emily Ferrara, MA, Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health at UMass Medical School, will read from her award-winning book of poems entitled The Alchemy of Grief, and will discuss her experiences with using writing to heal from the loss of her 19-year-old son, who died in 2003 of complications from a congenital heart defect. The reading, reception and book-signing event will be held from 5-7 p.m. in the Rare Book Room of the Lamar Soutter Library.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007: David Loxterkamp, M.D., will be speaking on the topic, "A Storied Life: Why Words Matter in Medicine" at 5:00 p.m. in the library's Rare Book Room. Copies of Dr. Loxterkamp's book A Measure of My Days: The Journal of a Country Doctor will also be available at the event for purchase and signing.

This event is co-sponsored by the UMMS Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and the UMMS Family Medicine Interest Group.

Monday, October 22, 2007; 5:00-7:00 p.m.: A showing of the 1997 TV movie, ...First Do No Harm (PG-13), will be held in room S1-123 of UMass Medical School. Dr. Cristian Stefan will lead a discussion after the movie.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007; 5:30 p.m.: A reading and book signing by the acclaimed novelist, Michael Stein, MD, author of The Lonely Patient: How We Experience Illness. Dr. Stein is Professor of Medicine & Community Health at the Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University.



2006-2007

Wednesday, May 30, 2007; 6:30-8:30 p.m.: A reading by physician-poets Dagan Coppock and Richard Berlin from Body Language, a collection of poems written by doctors-in-training in the Rare Book Room, Lamar Soutter Library, UMass Medical School.

A "Meet the Poets Seminar" will be held preceding the event from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Enrollment for this seminar is limited and pre-registration is required. To pre-register, contact Emily Ferrara: emily.ferrara@umassmed.edu or (508) 856-5134.

The Medical Dimension of Non-medical Movies series continues with a presentation of the 1989 TV movie Age Old Friends (90 mins., directed by Allan Kroeker), starring Hume Cronyn and Vincent Gardenia. Both actors received Emmy Awards for their performances.

Participation: Open to students, postdocs, staff, faculty, and their family and friends at no charge.
When: Thursday, April 26, 2007; 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Where: Amphitheater 3, UMass Medical School
Pizza will be served.

The Medical Dimension of Non-medical Movies series is presented and facilitated by Cristian Stefan, M.D., Associate Professor in the Departments of Cell Biology and Radiation Oncology. Dr. Stefan will lead a discussion following the movie. The series is sponsored by the library's Humanities in Medicine Committee.

For more information, contact Nancy Harger at Nancy.Harger@umassmed.edu

The Medical Dimension of Non-medical Movies series continues with a presentation of the 1996 film The Road to Galveston (93 mins., rated PG-13), starring Cicely Tyson.

Participation: Open to students, postdocs, staff, faculty, and their family and friends at no charge.
When: Thursday, April 5, 2007; 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Where: Amphitheater 2, UMass Medical School
Pizza will be served.

The Medical Dimension of Non-medical Movies series is presented and facilitated by Cristian Stefan, M.D., Associate Professor in the Departments of Cell Biology and Radiation Oncology. Dr. Stefan will lead a discussion following the movie. The series is sponsored by the library's Humanities in Medicine Committee.

For more information, contact Nancy Harger at Nancy.Harger@umassmed.edu

You are invited to attend the Third Annual Gerald F. Berlin Prize for Creative Writing Award Ceremony & Readings.

When: Wednesday, April 4, 2007; 4:30-6:00 p.m.
Where: Rare Book Room, Lamar Soutter Library, UMass Medical School
Refreshments will be served.

The Gerald F. Berlin Prize is being awarded for an essay, a poem or series of poems, or a work of short fiction written by a University of Massachusetts medical student or resident. Richard Berlin is a poet and psychiatrist in private practice in Lenox, MA, and an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School's Berkshire campus in Pittsfield. For additional information about the Berlin Awards and to read previous winning submissions visit http://www.richardmberlin.com/creative_writing_award.html.

This event is co-sponsored by the Lamar Soutter Library and its Humanities in Medicine Committee.

The Humanities in Medicine Committee of the Lamar Soutter Library invites you to a reading and book signing with physician and writer Rafael Campo, M.D.. Dr. Campo currently teaches and practices general internal medicine at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. He will be signing copies of several of his books: The Desire to Heal, What the Body Told, and Landscape with Human Figure. His most recent book, The Enemy, will be available soon.

When: Thursday, March 22, 2007, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Where: Rare Book Room, Lamar Soutter Library
Reception at 5:00 p.m.

For additional information about Rafael Campo visit http://www.rafaelcampo.com.

The Medical Dimension of Non-medical Movies film series continues with a presentation of the film, The Doctor (1991, rated PG-13), starring William Hurt, Christine Lahti, and Elizabeth Perkins.

Participation: Open to students, postdocs, staff, faculty, and their family and friends at no charge.
Date: Thursday, November 30, 2006
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Place: UMass Medical School, Amphitheater III

Note: Pizza will be served.

The Medical Dimension of Non-medical Movies series is presented and facilitated by Cristian Stefan, M.D., Associate Professor in the Departments of Cell Biology and Radiation Oncology. The series is sponsored by the library's Humanities in Medicine Collection subcommittee.

The Medical Dimension of Non-medical Movies film series continues with a presentation of the film, Rat (2000, rated PG).

Participation: Open to students, postdocs, staff, faculty, and their family and friends at no charge.
Date: Thursday, October 26, 2006
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Place: UMass Medical School, Amphitheater I

Note: Pizza, chips, and soda will be served.

The Medical Dimension of Non-medical Movies series is presented and facilitated by Cristian Stefan, M.D., Associate Professor in the Departments of Cell Biology and Radiation Oncology. The series is sponsored by the library's Humanities in Medicine Collection subcommittee.

The Medical Dimension of Non-medical Movies film series continues with a presentation of the 1996 U.S. film, Phenomenon (123 mins., rated PG). Directed by Jon Turteltaub, Phenomenon stars John Travolta, Kyra Sedgwick, Forest Whitaker, and Robert Duvall.

Participation: Open to students, postdocs, staff, faculty, and their family and friends at no charge.
Date: Thursday, September 14, 2006
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Place: UMass Medical School, Goff Learning Center room S1-607

The Medical Dimension of Non-medical Movies series is presented and facilitated by Cristian Stefan, M.D., Associate Professor in the Departments of Cell Biology and Radiation Oncology. The series is sponsored by the library's Humanities in Medicine Collection subcommittee.

For more information, contact Jan Sohigian at Jan.Sohigian@umassmed.edu

2005-2006

The Lamar Soutter Library and the UMMS Humanities in Medicine Committee are co-sponsoring a lecture by Perri Klass, MD, Medical Director and President, Reach Out and Read National Center, and Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Klass will speak on "A World Full of Stories: Writing and Medicine" on Monday, June 5, 2006 at 5:00 p.m. in the Rare Book Room of the Lamar Soutter Library. Following her talk, Dr. Klass will sign copies of her recent novel, The Mystery of Breathing (Houghton Mifflin).

May 5 - June 16, 2006: "Changing the Face of Medicine" Exhibit was hosted by the Lamar Soutter Library. See the exhibit website for more details.

You are invited to attend the Second Annual Gerald F. Berlin Prize for Creative Writing Award Ceremony & Literary Reading.

When: Wednesday, April 5, 2006; 4:30 p.m.--Reception, 5:00 p.m.--Award Ceremony & Medical Student/Resident Reading
Where: Rare Book Room, Lamar Soutter Library, UMass Medical School

The Gerald F. Berlin Prize was established by UMMS Psychiatry Faculty member Richard M. Berlin, MD, in honor of his father. The prize is being awarded for an essay, a poem or series of poems, or a work of short fiction written by a University of Massachusetts medical student or resident. Richard Berlin is a poet and psychiatrist in private practice in Lenox, MA, and an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School's Berkshire campus in Pittsfield.

This event is co-sponsored by the Lamar Soutter Library and its Humanities in Medicine Collection subcommittee.

The Lamar Soutter Library and the Humanities in Medicine Committee are presenting a reading and book signing by Darshak Sanghavi, M.D., Pediatric Cardiologist at UMass Memorial Children's Medical Center and also a UMass Medical School faculty member. Dr. Sanghavi is author of A Map of the Child: A Pediatrician's Tour of the Body.

When: Wednesday, February 8, 2006 at 4:00 p.m.
Where: Rare Book Room, Lamar Soutter Library
Refreshments will be served. Copies of A Map of the Child will be available for purchase at the event (cash and checks accepted).

Thursday, December 8, 2005: The Medical Dimension of Non-medical Movies series continues with a presentation of The Madness of King George, UK, 1994, Rated PG-13, Directed by Nicholas Hytner. With Nigel Hawthorne, Helen Mirren, and Ian Holm, 5:00 p.m., Amphitheater 1.

Thursday, November 17, 2005 - The Medical Dimension of Non-medical Movies series continues with a presentation of Son of the Bride (El Hijo de la Novia), Argentina, 2001, Rated R. Spanish with English subtitles. Directed by Juan Jose Campanella. 5:00 p.m., Lazare Auditorium - Room S1-607.

Thursday, October 27, 2005 - The Medical Dimension of Non-medical Movies series continues with a presentation of the 1997 movie Critical Care, directed by Sydney Lumet. With James Spader and Kyra Sedgwick. 5:00 p.m., Amphitheater 1.

2004-2005

Wednesday, April 27, 2005: You are invited to attend the First Annual Gerald F. Berlin Prize for Creative Writing Award Ceremony & Literary Reading.

When: 4:30 p.m.--Reception, 5:00 p.m.--Award Ceremony & Medical Student/Resident Reading Where: Rare Book Room, Lamar Soutter Library, UMass Medical School

Worcester District Medical Society and the Lamar Soutter Library invite you to join us to "Meet the Author." Alice W. Flaherty, M.D., author of The Midnight Disease: The Drive to Write, Writer's Block, and the Creative Brain, will be available in the Rare Book Room of the library on Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 6:45 p.m. to sign copies of her book.

Dr. Flaherty is a neurologist at Massachusetts General Hospital and teaches at Harvard Medical School.

To register, please call 508-753-1579 by March 9.

Come hear these poets read works reflecting the human side of healing:

Emily Ferrara, M.A., Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at UMass Medical School, where she teaches creative writing, and a published poet.
Victoria Longino, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Humanities and Communication at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in Boston, and a published poet.
Eve Rifkah, M.F.A., Co-Founder of Worcester's Poetry Oasis, Editor of Diner, and author of "At the Leprosarium" inspired by the Penikese Island Leper Hospital.

Date: February 9, 2005 (snow date February 16)
Time: 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Place: The Rare Book Room in the Lamar Soutter Library, UMass Medical School

On Friday, October 15, 2004, Aaron Lazare, MD, Chancellor/Dean will do a reading from his new book On Apology and will sign books after the reading. Books can be purchased in the Library at the signing, or in the Campus Bookstore prior to the signing. All are welcome to attend. Please call Deanna Lucia at 508-856-7633 with any questions.