Upcoming Events
October 22, 2014 4:00pm

Seminars and Events


Seminars are free and open to the public.


Past Seminars


Does Lethal Language lead to Lethal Treatment? End-of-Life Issues
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William J. Peace, PhD, Renee Crown Honors Program,
The Jeanette K. Watson Distinguished Visiting Professor
Humanities Center, Syracuse University

March 28, 2014. We will discuss the decision-making strategies that take place immediately after devastating injuries, focusing in particular on decisions to remove patients from life-sustaining treatment. Of particular interest are patient autonomy, the notion of dignity, terminal sedation, and VSED (voluntary suspension of eating and drinking).

The story of Timothy Bowers, the hunter who was taken off life-sustaining treatment twenty-four hours after experiencing a devastating spinal cord injury, will serve as a test case.

Disability: A Complex Interaction in a Globel Context

Mujde Koca-Atabey, PhD, Center on Human Policy, Law and Disability Studies, Syracuse University

November 6, 2013. Disability is defined differently in different parts of the world, and the experiences of disabled people are largely shaped by these definitions. The talk explores how disability can lead to anxiety or growth, depending on personal, social and cultural circumstances.


Dr. Sarah Loguen Fraser's Legacy:
Gender, Race, Medical Education, and Health Disparities

Sarah Berry, PhD, English Department, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

April 29, 2013. Dr. Sarah Loguen Fraser was one of the first Africa American women to earn a medical degree in the United States. Why and how did she address healtcare disparities 150 years ago? What challenges to diversity in meicine do we face today, how are diversity in medical education and healthcare disparities linked, and how can we address these challenges?

Disabilities, Illness, and Medicine: Poets as Patient Educators

Jim Ferris, Stephen Kuusisto, Laurie Clements Lambeth

March 28, 2013. Why do we teach poetry, memoir, and creative prose written by those who seek health care alongside anatomy, the basic sciences, and the organ systems and read it as a part of lifelong learning? How can the perspectives of those who have had deep experiences with health care as patients shape the way you practice medicine and nursing?

Join us for a creative conversation with poets and disability studies scholars whose writing looks back at health care from the patient’s perspective.

Cognitive and Dialiectical Behavior Therapy as Health Promotion Strategies

Jaak Rakfeldt, PhD, Social Work Department, Southern Connecticut State University

March 25, 2013. The presentation will focus on the wellness fostering aspects of Cognitive and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (CBT/DBT). While CBT and DBT are recognized as present-focused, action-oriented, evidence-based best practice psychotherapies for many forms of mental health and substance use problems, CBT/DBT strategies, skills, and techniques may also serve to promote general health and well being as well.

The Consortium for Culture and Medicine
Celebrates 30 Years & Honors Dr. Robert W. Daly

Dr. Robert Pickett, Dr. Thomas Ewens, and Dr. Robert Daly

April 14, 2009. The Syracuse Consortium for the Cultural Foundations of Medicine was founded in 1978 by Dr. Robert Pickett, Syracuse University, Dr. Thomas Ewens from Le Moyne College. and Dr. Robert Daly, SUNY Upstate Medical University (left to right).

The Consortium for Culture and Medicine is a collaborative endeavor between SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse University and Le Moyne College to engage in scholarship related to the cultural foundations of medical theory and practice. It serves a unique function by aligning the three institutions and uniting scholarly exploration across them – moving beyond discipline-specific or profession-centered education to a truly interdisciplinary pursuit of knowledge. 

The CCM mission – to advance a cultural and social perspective on medicine, beyond an increasingly technological and economic viewpoint – is only strengthened in our current age of ever-expanding scientific advancement in the face of vast economic restraints.

For info contact Consortium Director Rebecca Garden. All Consortium Seminars are wheelchair accessible; sign language interpretation available upon request.