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One Community/One Book 2009: The Author

Publicity photograph of author Pauline ChenPauline Chen, MD

Pauline W. Chen was educated at Harvard University and Northwestern University Medical School and completed her general surgery training at Yale University. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the UCLA Physician of the Year Award in 1999 and the George Longstreth Humanness Award at Yale for “most exemplifying empathy, kindness, and care in an age of advancing technology.” Her book, Final Exam: A Young Surgeon’s Reflections on Mortality, was published by Knopf in January 2007. Her website is at http://www.paulinechen.com.

Selected articles by Pauline Chen

Does Oversight Threaten the Doctor-Patient Relationship? New York Times, February 26, 2009

The Hidden Curriculum of Medical School, New York Times, January 29, 2009

Where Have All the Doctors Gone? New York Times, December 11, 2008

Dead Enough?: The Paradox of Brain Death, Virginia Quarterly Review, Fall 2005

The Gross-Out Factor, Virginia Quarterly Review, Spring 2007

 

One Community/One Book 2009: The Book

Cover of Final Exam by Pauline ChenFinal Exam: A Surgeon’s Reflections on Mortality by Pauline W. Chen, Alfred A. Knopf, 2007; also published in paperback by Vintage, 2008.

Reviews

“Dr. Chen, a surgeon specializing in liver transplants, is her own patient in Final Exam, a series of thoughtful, moving essays on the troubled relationship between modern medical practice and the emotional events surrounding death. . . . Dr. Chen vividly conveys the fears and anxieties of medical training, as well as its pleasures. . . . Her most hopeful argument is herself: a doctor open to confronting her own fears and doubts, and willing to prepare her patients for the final exam.” — William Grimes, “Doctor Confronts the Human Drama’s Inevitable Finale“, New York Times, Jan 10, 2007.

 

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.

One Community/One Book 2010

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

 

Cover of The Immortal Life of Henrietta LacksIn February 2010, Popular Science magazine called Henrietta Lacks “the most important woman in medical history.”

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Copies of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks are available at the Briscoe, Downtown, Ramirez and Laredo libraries, and at the Jesse H. Jones Comprehensive Research Library at Texas Research Park: Call number QU 300 S628i 2010. The book is also available in the UT Health Science Center bookstore.

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One Community/One Book 2010: Hear the Author

 
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Rebecca Skloot

Publicity photograph of Rebecca SklootRebecca Skloot is an award-winning science writer whose articles have appeared in The New York Times Magazine; O, The Oprah Magazine; Discover; Columbia Journalism Review; and elsewhere. She is a contributing editor for Popular Science magazine and has also been a correspondent for NPR and PBS. A former vice president of the National Book Critics Circle, she is on the faculty at the University of Memphis, where she teaches creative nonfiction, and she blogs at Culture Dish, hosted by Seed Magazine’s science blogs.

Skloot has an undergraduate degree in biomedical science from Colorado State University and an MFA in nonfiction writing from the University of Pittsburgh. She lives in Memphis, Tennessee. Her website is http://rebeccaskloot.com/.

Frank Bryant Jr., M.D. Memorial Lecture

On October 15, 2010 Rebecca Skloot will be the featured speaker at the Frank Bryant Jr., M.D. Memorial Lecture, hosted by the UT Health Science Center’s Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics.

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One Community/One Book 2010: Join the Conversation

 
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Cover of The Immortal Life of Henrietta LacksConversation is the heart of One Community One Book. The Libraries and the Academic Center for Excellence in Teaching will offer three workshops in August to support discussion group leaders and hosts. The workshops are open to faculty, staff, and students of the UT Health Science Center and members of the broader community who are interested in planning a discussion opportunity. The workshops will be available on request in Harlingen and Laredo via V-tel.

Contact Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian, for more information.

Online Book Discussions

When: Join anytime!
Where: http://library.uthscsa.edu/bookclub/
Facilitator: Luke Rosenberger

When: Integrated discussion group – Nurse Practitioner Program
Where: Blackboard- Course 6604
Facilitator: Margit B. Gerardi, RN, PhD (contact)

August Book Discussions

When: Wednesday, August 25th, 5:30pm
Where: India Palace (8474 Fredericksburg Rd.)
Facilitator & RSVP: Rajia Tobia

September Book Discussions

When: Thursday, September 16th, 6pm-8pm
Where: Location on RSVP
Facilitator: Dr. Ruth Berggren
RSVP to: Stephanie De La Vega, delavegas@uthscsa.edu

When: Saturday, September 25th, 1pm-2pm
Where: The Twig Book Shop (map)
Facilitator: Laura Venhaus
RSVP to: Laura Venhaus, laura.venhaus@swri.org

October Book Discussions

When: Friday, October 1st, 7pm-9pm
Where: Location on RSVP
Facilitator: Penelope Borchers
RSVP to: Penelope Borchers, borchers@uthscsa.edu

When: Tuesday, October 5th, 12noon-1pm
Where: Howe Room, 5th floor, Briscoe Library
Facilitator: Rajia Tobia
RSVP to: Rajia Tobia, tobia@uthscsa.edu

When: Wednesday, October 6th, 12noon-1pm
Where: Greehey Childrens Cancer Research Institute
Facilitator: Helen Sorenson
RSVP to: Helen Sorenson, sorenson@uthscsa.edu

When: Thursday, October 7th, 12noon-1pm
Where: RAHC, 313A (Faculty Lounge), 3rd floor UT Pan American Library
Facilitator: Dr. Johnny D. Short

When: Thursday, October 7th, 12noon-1pm
Where: RAHC, 313A (Faculty Lounge), 3rd floor UT Pan American Library
Facilitator: Dr. Johnny D. Short

When: Monday, October 11th, 12noon-1:30pm
Where: Room 432F
Facilitator: Donald J. Dudley, M.D., Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

When: Monday, October 11th, 6pm-9pm
Where: Anaqua Room (2.03.08), UC Phase II, UTSA (map)
Facilitator: Carley R. Bach
RSVP to: Carley R. Bach, carley.bach@gmail.com

When: Wednesday, October 13th, 6pm-8pm
Where: Ramirez Library, RAHC Library Classroom 1.132
Facilitator: Martin Hechanova
RSVP to: RAHC Library, rahclibrary@uthscsa.edu

When: Thursday, October 21th, Noon-1pm
Where: Briscoe Library, Room 2.019
Facilitator: Humanities in Health Care/UTHSCSA Book Club
RSVP to: Katharine Zentner, zenter@livemail.uthscsa.edu

November Book Discussions

When: Tuesday, November 2nd, 3pm-4pm
Where: House of Pho (map)
Facilitator: Rebecca Grizzle

Facilitator and Host Training Workshops

August 19 2010, 12 noon – 1:30 pm. Collaboratory, Briscoe Library 4.074

August 21 2010, 12 noon – 1:30 pm. Collaboratory, Briscoe Library 4.074

August 27 2010, 12 noon – 1:30 pm. Collaboratory, Briscoe Library 4.074

Other Events

Science Communication Workshop

Human(e) Research – Your Responsibilities as a Scientist
When: Tuesday, October 12
Where: Medical School Room 309L
Reception to follow, hosted by the Graduate Dean

  • Dr. Michael Lichtenstein- History of Human Subject Research: “The Ugly, the Bad, and the Good”
  • Dr. Joseph Schmelz, Director, Institutional Review Board – Human Research at the UT Health Science Center: “Working Together”

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One Community/One Book 2010: Read the Book

 
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Cover of The Immortal Life of Henrietta LacksIn The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot provides detailed portraits of the people who played a role in, or whose lives were impacted by, the discovery of HeLa cells: Henrietta Lacks, her physicians, medical research teams, and her children. Skloot explores ethical issues that emerge from the interplay of race and poverty in one of the most important science stories of the 20th century.

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One Community/One Book 2012: Hear the Author

  • Photograph of Elva Trevino HartElva Treviño Hart will speak in the Holly Auditorium on the campus of the UT Health Science Center at noon on Friday, February 24. The program will be telecast live and can be viewed in Harlingen in RAHC 2.120 and in Laredo in  AB 1.106.
  • She will also speak the previous evening, February 23, at 6:30 p.m. at the San Antonio Public Library Central Library, 600 Soledad.
  • Both events are free and open to the public.

“I am nobody,” she begins.  “And my story is the same as a million others…  You have seen us if you have driven through south Texas on the way to Mexico.  We are there—walking barefoot by the side of the road.  During harvest time there are fewer of us—we are with our families in the fields.  Some of us grow up and move to cities.  We work downtown and speak perfect English.  Others of us stay.  I don’t know which is better.”

Elva Treviño Hart did not stay.  After graduating as valedictorian of her class at Pearsall High School she went on to study theoretical mathematics at UT Austin, and later attended Stanford University, where she earned a master’s degree in computer science/engineering.   Her first job in the computer industry was with Control Data Corp, after which she went on to work for 17 years for IBM.

Only after proving “that a Mexican migrant girl could do it all and have it all,” did she turn to writing.  “I wanted to take people with me to the migrant camps and the fields so they could see what it is like,” she says.

In 2000, her book, Barefoot Heart: Stories of a Migrant Child, was a winner of the American Book Award and the American Library Association’s Alex Award for books with a special appeal for young adults.  It is the One Community/One Book selection for 2012.

Humnanities Texas LogoThis program was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


One Community/One Book 2012: Join the Conversation

Conversation is the heart of One Community One Book.

The Libraries and the Academic Center for Excellence in Teaching will offer workshops in December and January to support discussion group leaders and hosts. The workshops are open to faculty, staff, and students of the UT Health Science Center and members of the broader community who are interested in planning a discussion opportunity. The workshops will be available on request in Harlingen and Laredo via V-tel.Contact Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian, for more information.

Book discussions will be held throughout January and February, in the weeks leading up to Elva Trevino Hart’s visit to campus on February 24, 2012.  Details about book discussions can be posted on this page. Just fill out and submit the online form.  Also, please be sure to print a sign up sheet for your group and mail to Susan Hunnicutt at the email address on the form.  These sign-in sheets are an important part of the evaluation and reporting process for One Community One Book.

Resources for Discussion Group Leaders

Teaching Guide: Barefoot Heart, by Elva Trevino Hart (Huntington Beach Reads, pdf)
Questions for Discussion by Adelita Cantu, R.N., Ph.D., School of Nursing

Facilitator and Host Training Workshops

December Trainings

Monday, December 12
12:00 noon – 1:00 pm
Collaboratory (Briscoe Library, San Antonio)
Register

January Trainings

Wednesday, January 11
12:00 noon – 1:00 pm
Collaboratory (Briscoe Library, San Antonio)
Register

Book Discussions

February Discussions

When: Thursday, February 2nd, Noon-1 p.m.
Where: Dean’s Conference Room, HP 5.202
Facilitator: Susan Dollar, School of Health Professions
RVSP to: Susan Dollar

When: Thursday, February 9th, Noon-1 p.m.
Where: Dean’s Conference Room, HP 5.202
Facilitator: Susan Dollar, School of Health Professions
RVSP to: Susan Dollar

When: Wednesday, February 22nd, 12 noon and 4:30 p.m.
Where: UT School of Public Health
Facilitator: Sharon Cooper, UTSPH San Antonio Regional Campus Dean and Ruth Morris UTSPH Student Association Executive Director
RSVP to: Ruth Morris

When: Thursday, February 16thnd, Noon-1 p.m.
Where: Dean’s Conference Room, HP 5.202
Facilitator: Susan Dollar, School of Health Professions
RVSP to: Susan Dollar

When: Thursday, February 16th, Noon-1 p.m.
Where: Admin Conference Room, Briscoe Library
Facilitator: Herlinda Howard & Susan Hunnicutt
RSVP to: Herlinda Howard

When: Wednesday, February 22nd, 5:50 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Where: Cha-Cha’s Mexican Restaurant
Facilitator: Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries
RSVP to: Rajia Tobia

When: Wednesday, February 22nd, 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m
Where: UTSA (1604 Campus), Paloverde Room UC 2.01.36
Facilitator: Caitlin Castle, UTSA Pre-Medical Society
RSVP to: Caitlin Castle

When: Thursday, February 23, 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Where: Mario E. Ramirez, M.D. Library, RAHC 1.132
Facilitator: Armando Lopez, Director of Lower Rio Grande Area Health Education Center (AHEC)
RSVP to: Kathy Carter

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One Community/One Book 2012: The Book

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From Barefoot Heart:

In the spring of 1953, Apá interrupted our family life at Tio Alfredo’s to take us to work in the beet fields of Minnesota. Since we had no car, we went in a troca encamisade with another family. The back of this huge truck was covered with dark red canvas… The man who owned the truck was nick-named “El Indio” because his skin, like that of an Indian, was the same color as the canvas, a dark, strong red. I thought he must be very rich to own a huge truck like that. We, on the other hand, owned no car, no house, almost nothing…

Barefoot Heart: Stories of a Migrant Child, was a winner of the American Book Award and the American Library Association’s Alex Award for books with a special appeal for young adults.  It is the One Community/One Book selection for 2012.

To read more:

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One Community/One Book 2013

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Read the Book

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Copies of Join the Club: How Peer Pressure Can Transform the World are available in the Briscoe Library, the Ramirez Library at the RAHC, and the library at the Laredo Regional Campus (HM 831 R813j 2012) . The book is also available at the UT Health Science Center Bookstore for $12.71, a 25% discount off the retail price.

Humnanities Texas LogoOne Community/One Book is a project of The Libraries and the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics. This program was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.