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New book club explores health issues

by Marina Fleming
Public Relations
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

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