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The Changing Face of American Abortion Laws: Medicine, Politics, and Policy
Jonathan Parent, PhD, Political Science, Le Moyne College
September 16, 2016 While no legal restrictions on abortion access existed in the late 18th century, statutes targeting the practice began to appear by the 1820s. Indeed, New York was among the first states to ban abortion, passing what was at the time arguably the most draconian law against the procedure in 1828. By the turn of the 20th century, the intentional termination of a pregnancy was a felony in every state in the country. The conflict over abortion policy in American society, then, is far from a recent development, despite the sea change represented by the Supreme Court’s 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade. How supporters and opponents of legal abortions have understood, articulated, and framed their positions, however, has shifted dramatically over time. This talk will focus on how Americans’ perceptions of abortion have evolved from a concern on the part of physicians about the safety of the procedure to an ongoing debate about a woman’s constitutional right to terminate her pregnancy that dominates political discourse to this day. What is revealed from this longitudinal look is a fascinating story of how medicine, politics, and the law all intersect in an attempt to create policy surrounding one of the most controversial issues in our society.
- HealthLink on Air interview with Linda Cohen: Abortion laws in US evolved over centuries
- Seminar audio and slides
Deaf Awareness Panel
Michael Schwartz, PhD, Monu Chhetri, Jennifer Wissman and Roman Kazragis
September 22, 2015 A conversation with a deaf Nepalese New American who interprets for the refugee community, a deaf law professor, an international sign language interpreter, and a deaf educator.
The knowledge and skills that clinicians gain from this informative conversation can translate into improved communication—and thus better healthcare—for all sorts of people, whatever their culture and communication modality.
Communication Across Cultures and Languages in Health Care
Jeremy Brunson, PhD, Monu Chhetri, Jennifer Wissman
March 19, 2015 A professor of sociology and sign language interpretation, a Deaf Bhutanese woman who leads the community-wide Deaf Refugee Coalition in Syracuse, and a sign language interpreter with international experience discuss issues of cultural and linguistic differences in health care and best practices for cross-cultural communication and collaboration.
Does Lethal Language lead to Lethal Treatment? End-of-Life Issues
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
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.