|New book club explores health issues
by Marina Fleming
If you’ve been looking for a way to mix school, business and pleasure, MUSC’s Humanities Committee knows how to do it.
On Feb. 24, the committee's book club began with a discussion of John
Dittmer’s “The Good Doctors: The Medical Committee for Human Rights and
the Struggle for Social Justice in Health Care.” The discussion was
held at the Avery Research Center for African American History and
Culture at the College of Charleston at 125 Bull St. The center
co-sponsored the event.
To celebrate the first meeting, Dittmer attended the discussion
and signed books. His book details the hidden story of the brave
doctors and nurses who fought for racial justice in hospitals, clinics,
and on the streets of Mississippi throughout the 1960s.
Lisa Kerr, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Center for Academic
Excellence and Writing Center, said the book club is a new initiative
designed to provide a supportive network for personal reflection in the
discussion of literature related to health care and the human aspects
of biomedical research. “We wanted to give MUSC staff and students, as
well as people from the community, a chance to discuss health-related
books.” Future book selections will also follow the health care theme,
but book club members will choose the books.
The Humanities Committee plans to have the book club meet on the fourth
Wednesday of each month. Their next meeting, to be held at 6
p.m. March 24 at the Charleston Public Library (68 Calhoun St.),
will be an hour long screening of the film “Healing Words: Poetry &
Medicine,” followed by discussion. Group members will vote on book
selections and rotate responsibilities as facilitator.
The University Humanities Committee, co-chaired by Ed Krug, assistant
dean for postdoctoral affairs in the College of Graduate Studies, and
Nancy Zisk, J.D., associate professor of law at Charleston School of
Law, was formed in 1978 as a way for MUSC to better integrate
humanities into the academic experiences of students, faculty and
staff. The committee has one member from each of the
colleges, one from the MUSC Library, one representative from the
Student Government Association, and one member from the faculty senate.
Additional members are selected at large from the university and other
area colleges. The book club subcommittee included MUSC’s Humanities
Scholar in Residence, Herman Blake, Ph.D,. as well as faculty members
from area colleges.
Friday, March 19, 2010