Library Events

Briscoe Library to Partner with SAPL on NPR Campus Community Book Club

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The UT Health Science Center Briscoe Library and the San Antonio Public Library Forest Hills Branch are joining forces to start a new NPR (National Public Radio) Book Club as a community engagement project. There are many community issues that can benefit from engagement utilizing a book club as a platform for interaction and conversation. The club will meet once a month from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at either the Briscoe Library (room 4.074, the Collaboratory) or at the Forest Hills Library (5245 Ingram Rd). An NPR reviewed book will be featured at each meeting.

Do No Harm by Henry Marsh has been selected for the first meeting on September 17th, 6 -7 p.m., held at the Briscoe Library.

Do No Harm provides unforgettable insight into the countless human dramas that take place in a busy modern hospital.  Above all, it is a lesson in the need for hope when faced with life’s most difficult decisions.

A few copies are available at the Briscoe Library on a first come, first served basis. Other copies are available through the San Antonio Public Library. Contact Peg Seger for more details at (210) 567-6398 or segerp@uthscsa.edu.

Those interested in taking part in this project can stop by either library to pick up a bookmark with dates, times, and location information.

 

Harry Potter’s World

Illustration of medieval medical practices by Hieronymus Brunschwig, 1494The UT Health Science Center Libraries are pleased to announce that Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine will open in the Briscoe Library on October 11, 2010.

The traveling exhibit, produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, and coordinated by the American Library Association, uses materials from the historical collections of the National Library of Medicine to explore Harry Potter’s world and its roots in Renaissance traditions.

The study of Renaissance science and medicine adds a fascinating dimension to the Harry Potter stories for both children and adults. For example, alchemist Nicolas Flamel, who is fictionally featured in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, was a real 15th-century scholar whose experiments with metals influenced the development of modern chemistry.

A series of programs has been planned in connection with the exhibit, which will be in the Briscoe Library from October 11 to November 6, 2010.

For more information contact Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian, Hunnicutt@uthscsa.edu.

Event Dates

Opening Event and Reception

Renaissance Science and the Quest for Immortality: Lessons from Albus Dumbledore, Nicolas Flamel, and Isaac Newton

C. Mackenzie Brown, Ph.D. (More Information)
Jennie Farris Railey King Professor in Religion, Department of Religion, Trinity University
October 11, 2010, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Briscoe Library, Howe Conference Room

Potent Potions and Healing Herbs: Medicinal Practices of the Renaissance

Charleen M. Moore, Ph.D. (More Information)
Professor, Department of Cellular and Structural Biology, UT Health Science Center
October 19, 2010, 12:00 noon -1:00 pm
Pestana Lecture Hall

A Little Muggle Magic: The Wisdom of Harry Potter for Families

Pat Thompson, Ph.D. (More Information)
Senior Lecturer in History, University of Texas at San Antonio
October 23, 2010, 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Briscoe Library, Howe Conference Room

Friends of the P.I. Nixon Annual Dinner and Presentation

Magic and Monsters in the Stacks: How Harry Potter Came to the National Library of Medicine

Stephen J. Greenberg, Ph.D. (More Information)
Coodinator of Public Services – History of Medicine Division, National Library of Medicine
November 1, 2010, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Double Tree Hotel: Contact Pennie Borchers, Special Collections Librarian, for more information and to purchase tickets for this event: Borchers@uthscsa.edu.

Presentation to students attending Science Expo

Living Dangerously: Doctors Adrift in the Dark Ages

Richard F. Ludueña, Ph.D. (More Information)
Distinguished Teaching Professor, Department of Biochemistry, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio
November 6, 2010; two presentations: 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm
Briscoe Library, Howe Conference Room

Resources

P. I. Nixon Library Books Relating to Harry Potter’s World

“Harry Potter’s World” exhibition homepage from National Library of Medicine

Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine, a traveling exhibition for libraries, was organized by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland. The exhibition tour is coordinated by the American Library Association Public Programs Office, Chicago.

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November NPR Book Club Choice

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OliverSacks

Come join us for a discussion of The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks at the next NPR Book Club meeting on November 19th, 6 -7 p.m. The November meeting will be held at the Briscoe Library room 4.074 (the Collaboratory).

A few copies of the book will be available at the Briscoe Library on a first come, first served basis. Other copies are available through the San Antonio Public Library. Contact Peg Seger, Head of Outreach Services, for more details at (210) 567-6398 or segerp@uthscsa.edu.

This is a joint community engagement program offered by the UT Health Science Center Briscoe Library and the San Antonio Public Library Forest Hills Branch. Those interested in taking part in this project can stop by either library to pick up a bookmark with dates, times, and location information.

One Book 2012

Cover of Barefoot Heart: Stories of a Migrant Child

“La conversación es el pasto del alma.”

Conversation is food for the soul.

(Mexican Dicho, Barefoot Heart, Chapter 5)

Read the Book

Join the Conversation

Hear the Author

Download a printable flyer for One Community One Book 2012

Copies of Barefoot Heart: Stories of a Migrant Child are available at the Briscoe, Ramirez and Laredo libraries, and at the Jesse H. Jones Comprehensive Research Library at Texas Research Park: Call number: E184.M5 H365 1999. The book is also available at the UT Health Science Center bookstore.

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One Community One Book: More

The Maine Humanities Council, creator of a national award-winning hospital-based book discussion program, has outlined on its website the benefits that come from engaging diverse groups of health care professionals in conversation about literary works on themes relevant to the work of health care providers, as well as to the human experiences of patients and their families (http://www.mainehumanities.org/programs/litandmed/index.html).  These include enhanced communications between health care professionals, patients and families, deepened understanding of the ways that institutional hierarchies can impede communication, greater awareness of how cultural and socio-economic perspectives and family history affect the health care experiences of patients, and increased vocational satisfaction.

The American Library Association publishes a guide, One Book One Community: Planning Your Community-Wide Read (http://publicprograms.ala.org/orc/pdfs/onebookguide.pdf) that has also been consulted in the development of this program on the UT Health Science Center campus.  Community reading programs have been organized by small towns and large cities, and on university campuses across the country  The benefits of community reading programs listed in the ALA planning guide—cross-cultural understanding, improved communication, a deepened sense of community– are similar to those noted for the Maine Humanities Council’s Literature and Medicine program.

In 2008 the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics and the Briscoe Library of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio planned our first One Community/One Book project.  Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World, a book by Tracy Kidder about the life and work of humanitarian physician, Paul Farmer, was selected. A series of book discussions were held during August and September, 2008, culminating in a visit to campus and a lecture by both Tracy Kidder, the author of the book, and Dr. Paul Farmer, the subject of the book.  During the lecture by Dr. Farmer and Tracy Kidder the UT Health Science Center auditorium, which seats 634, was filled to standing room only capacity with faculty, students, staff, and members of the San Antonio community. Total attendance may have been double that when video-teleconference participation at remote locations in Harlingen and Laredo are included.

A community read in 2009 focused on Final Exam: A Surgeon’s Reflections on Mortality, by Pauline Chen, MD.  In 2010 the One Community One Book selection was The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot.   Participation in book discussions have grown steadily, with more than 270 individuals taking part in book discussion events in 2010.  Author presentations by Pauline Chen and Rebecca Skloot were well-attended by members of the public as well as campus affiliates.

Campus and community partnerships have been critical to the success of all of the One Community One Book programs on the campus of the UT Health Science Center.  In the past, partners have included– in addition to the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics and the Academic Center for Excellence in Teaching– the University Transplant Center and local offices of the National Kidney Foundation; and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.  In 2012 we are pleased that the San Antonio Public Library, the Voelcker Biosciences Teachers Academy, and the Young Women’s Leadership Academy have worked with us to provide speaking venues for Elva Trevino Hart, who will be in San Antonio from February 22 through February 25.

One Community One Book has also been supported by generous donations from individual faculty members.  Humanities Texas, the local affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, has been a partner in three One Community One Book events, in 2009, 2010 and 2012.

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One Community/One Book 2008

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The Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics and the UT HSC Libraries are offering a season of reading and conversation in the fall of 2008, organized around the book Mountains Beyond Mountains, journalist Tracy Kidder‘s chronicle of the life and work of infectious disease specialist and anthropologist Dr. Paul Farmer.

A Haitian proverb lies at the heart of Tracy Kidder’s story about Paul Farmer: “Beyond mountains, there are mountains”. As you solve one problem, another problem will appear . . . and so you go on, and solve that problem as well.

The centerpiece event of One Community One Book 2008 at UT HSC will take place at noon on September 22, 2008, when Dr. Paul Farmer and Tracy Kidder will present the Frank Bryant Jr MD Distinguished Lecture. Their visit is being hosted by the Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics.

One Community/One Book 2009

Photograph of president Henrich holding a copy of Final ExamThe Libraries and the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics have selected Dr. Pauline Chen’s Final Exam: A Surgeon’s Reflections on Mortality for our 2009 campus and community reading program.

Copies of Final Exam are available at any UT Health Science Center Library at call number WZ 100C518F 2007 or in the Health Science Center Bookstore for 25% off.

Working in partnership with the University Transplant Center, with support from the South Texas Veterans Health Care System, Texas Nurses Association District 8, and nursing sorority Sigma Theta Tau – Delta Alpha, and other community partners, One Community/One Book will reach out to involve local health care professionals both on and beyond the campus in multiple book discussion opportunities leading up to Pauline Chen’s talk, which will occur at noon on September 25, 2009.

How can you get involved?

  1. Read Final Exam by Pauline Chen
  2. Participate in discussion groups to further explore issues presented in the book
  3. See Pauline Chen speak about her book on September 25 at 12 noon in the HSC Auditorium

Dr. Chen’s reading on September 25th will be telecast to the following locations:

  • RAHC in Harlingen Room 1.100
  • South Texas Research Park Room 1.120
  • Laredo Library Room 1.101.7
  • Allied Health Room 4.102

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One Community/One Book 2009: Calendar of Events

Appearances by Dr. Pauline Chen

September 25, 8 a.m. Transplant Center Grand Rounds School of Medicine Room 444B
September 25, 12 noon Author lecture, followed by reception Parman Auditorium and Foyer

Dr. Chen’s lecture on September 25th will be telecast to the following locations:

  • Allied Health Room 4.102
  • Laredo Extension Campus Room 1.102
  • RAHC in Harlingen Room 2.120
  • South Texas Research Park SBC Room 1.120

Watch the Event Online

Training

Small group discussions are the heart of One Community/ One Book. Find out how you can be involved as a host or a facilitator by attending one of the following events. All take place at noon, with a light lunch provided. Registration is required, and space is limited.

Wednesday, July 29, 12 noon Student Orientation Howe Conference Room, Briscoe Library
Thursday, August 13, 12 noon Facilitator/Host Training Howe Conference Room, Briscoe Library
Saturday, August 15, 12 noon Facilitator/Host Training Howe Conference Room, Briscoe Library
Thursday, August 20, 12 noon Student Orientation School of Nursing, Room 2.302
Tuesday, August 25, 12 noon Student Orientation Greehey Campus, GCCRI room 2.150

Discussion Groups

Small group discussions are the heart of One Community/ One Book. Discussion groups posted to this page are open to anyone. We will post more discussion group opportunities as they become available.

 

Scheduled Discussion Groups
September 3, 12 noon Howe Room, Briscoe Library 5th floor Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries and Ashlei Lowery, M.D., Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellow
September 8, 6:30 p.m. RSVP to Stephanie DeLaVega: DeLaVegaS@uthscsa.edu. Location to be announced. Ruth Berggren, M.D., Director of the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics.
September 9, 12 noon University Health Clinic-Downtown, UT HSC Library, 3rd Floor, B Building Linda Levy, Assistant Library Director for Branches Database Services and Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian
September 10, 1:15 p.m. Audie L. Murphy Veterans Hospital, GRECC Conference Room #A323 Sandra Sanchez-Reilly, M.D., Hospice and Palliative Medicine Program Director, South Texas Veterans Health Care System and UT Health Science Center
September 11, 12 noon University Hospital- A610-6th floor Learning Resources ClassroomRSVP Ryan Pflipsen, LCSW, Transplant Social Worker
September 15, 4 p.m. South Texas Psychiatric Genetics Research Center, Conference Room, 454 Soledad Street, Suite 200 Salvador Contreras, M.D.
September 16, 12 noon Howe Room, Briscoe Library 5th floor RSVP Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries and Ashlei Lowery, M.D., Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellow
September 18, 12 noon Nursing School Room 1.202 Adelita G. Cantu, PhD, RN
September 18, 12 noon University Hospital- A610-6th floor Learning Resources ClassroomRSVP Ryan Pflipsen, LCSW, Transplant Social Worker
September 21, 9:30 a.m. National Kidney Foundation Offices (Suite 135) (210) 829-1299, ext. 11 Marolyn Stubblefield, Regional Vice President, National Kidney Foundation
September 22, 11:45 a.m. Audie L. Murphy Veterans Hospital, VERDICT Conference Room #B200 Sarah E. Lapey, MD, Assistant Director for Humanities Education, Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics and Dr. Ashlei Lowery, M.D., Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellow
September 23, 5:30 p.m. AAB108-110-112 RSVP Lee Robinson and Jerry Winakur, MD
September 24, TBD Howe Room, Briscoe Library 5th floor RSVP Jessica Koller, Student Government Association, Vice President
September 30, 5 p.m. School of Health Professions Student Lounge Patricia Brewer, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, School of Health Professions
October 2, 12 noon University Hospital- ASL29-6th floor classroom RSVP Ryan Pflipsen, LCSW, Transplant Social Worker

 

To register a new group discussion session fill out this form and e-mail it to hunnicutt@uthscsa.edu.

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One Community/One Book 2009: See Who’s Reading

See Who’s Reading Final Exam

One Community/ One Book is a community reading project, which aims to support vibrant local conversations about issues that are important to health care professionals.

Training for hosts and discussion group leaders is being offered two times in August:

  • Thursday, August 13 starting at noon
  • Saturday, August 15 starting at noon

A light lunch will be provided, and we will offer you some ideas for how to plan a successful discussion group.