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One Community/One Book 2014

“In Redeployment, his searing debut collection of short stories, Phil Klay … gives the civilian reader a visceral feeling for what it is like to be a soldier in a  combat zone, and what it is like to return home, still reeling from the dislocations of war.”                                                                            The Madness of War Told in the First Person

Book cover of RedeploymentThe Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics, in cooperation with the Libraries of the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, have chosen Redeployment for the 2014 One Community/One Book selection.

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In Redeployment, former U.S. Marine Phil Klay presents twelve gritty and compelling short stories on the experience of war in Iraq and the challenges faced by those returning home. This collection is based on the author’s duty as a Public Affairs Officer in the Anbar Province, Iraq during the surge in 2007 and 2008. Each story is told from a different perspective, including those of a young artillery man, a member of Mortuary Affairs, a military chaplain, and a Foreign Service Officer. Redeployment has been selected as one of five finalists for the prestigious 2014 National Book Award.

Due to the nature of its subject matter, this book contains raw depictions and graphic language.

For more information on One Community/One Book, please contact Lisa Finnie, Assistant Records and Archives Librarian 210-567-2406.

One 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.

 

One Community/One Book 2014: Hear the Author

Photograph of Phil KlayAbout the Author

After graduating from Dartmouth College with a BA in English and Creative Writing, Phil Klay was commissioned as an officer in the United States Marine Corps. He served in Iraq’s Anbar Province as a Public Affairs Officer during the surge in 2007 and 2008. Upon discharge in 2009, he attended the City University of New York- Hunter College where he received an MFA in Creative Writing. He also sharpened his writing skills at the New York University Veterans’ Writing Workshop. His works have been published in Newsweek, the New York Times, and the New York Daily News. Redeployment has been selected as one of five finalists for the 2014 National Book Award.

Hear the Author

Phil Klay will present Redeployment: A Marine’s View of War and Homecoming in the Holly Auditorium on the Long Campus of the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 12 Noon. This program may also be viewed in Harlingen at the RAHC in the Ramirez Library Room 1.132.00; at the Laredo Regional Campus in the Laredo Library Room 1.101.07; and at the University of Texas at San Antonio Main Campus in the John Peace Library Room JPL 3.03.54.

A book signing and reception will follow the author’s presentation. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event through the UT Health Science Center San Antonio Bookstore.

The event is free and open to the public.

For a preview, please consider viewing or listening to these two recent appearances by Phil Klay:

  • In this 48-minute video produced by C-Span 2, Phil Klay, author of Redeployment, speaks with Anthony Swoffor, author of Jarhead, at the Barnes and Noble Bookstore in Santa Monica, California on April 22, 2014.
  • The Pen/Faulkner Foundation presents this 56-minute audio-recorded interview with Phil Klay, author of Redeployment, from March 14, 2014 at the Hill Center in the Old Naval Hospital in Washington, D.C.

One 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.

 

One Community/One Book 2014: Join the Conversation

Conversation is the heart of One Community/One Book.

The Briscoe Library will offer workshops in October to support discussion group leaders and to encourage dialogue about the book. These events are open to faculty, staff, and students of the UT Health Science Center San Antonio, as well as members of the broader community, who are interested in planning a book discussion opportunity. Please, contact Lisa Finnie, Assistant Records and Archives Librarian, for more information.

Book discussions will be held throughout October, leading up to Phil Klay’s visit to campus on October 30, 2014. Details about book discussion groups can be posted to this page by submitting the Discussion Group Registration Form. Also, please be sure to print out a Discussion Group Sign-In Sheet and e-mail the completed form to Lisa Finnie. These sign-in sheets are an important part of the evaluation and reporting process for One Community/One Book. In addition, a list of Suggested Questions for Discussion is available to help get the conversation going!

If you do not have enough time to read the entire collection of stories, we suggest the following:

  • Redeployment
  • Prayer in the Furnace
  • Psychological Operations

If you would like for your Discussion Group to focus on one short story or a particular set of stories, please include that information on your Discussion Group Registration Form.

 Resources for Discussion Group Leaders

Facilitator and Host Training Workshops

Thursday, October 9, 2014
12:00 Noon – 12:30 pm
Howe Room (5th floor, Briscoe Library)
Register Online

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Howe Room (5th floor, Briscoe Library)
Register Online

Book Discussion Groups

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Laurel Ridge Psychiatric Center
Hosted by: Adelita Cantu, PhD, UTHSCSA School of Nursing
Dr. Cantu’s Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing Clinical Group

Thursday, October 23, 2014
2:30 pm
University of Texas at San Antonio
Hosted by: Alan L. Peterson, PhD, UTHSCSA School of Medicine; Director, STRONG STAR Consortium
Dr. Peterson’s Military Health Psychology Class

Monday, October 27, 2014
12:00 Noon
South Texas Veterans Health Care System Department of Research
Hosted by: Ruth M. Morris, MPH, UTHSCSA Translational Science Training Scholar

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
6:00 pm
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Hosted by: Ruth M. Morris, MPH, UTHSCSA Translational Science Training Scholar
Topics in Translational Science Class

 

One 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.

 

One Community/One Book 2014: The Book

Book cover of RedeploymentTo Read the 2014 One Community/One Book Selection Redeployment by Phil Klay:

If you do not have enough time to read the entire collection of stories, we suggest the following:

  • Redeployment
  • Prayer in the Furnace
  • Psychological Operations

One 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.

 

One Community/One Book 2016: God’s Hotel

“Others have written about the relationship between time and medical care with similar eloquence and urgency, but the centuries of perspective that Dr. Sweet brings infuse the point with unforgettable clarity. Sick people need time, she demonstrates repeatedly, and their doctors do, too.”                                                                                                                                                                                                             A Hospital That Gave Its Patients Time to Heal

Cover Photograph of God's Hotel by Victoria SweetThe Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics and the Libraries of the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio have chosen God’s Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine by Victoria Sweet as a 2016 One Community/One Book selection.

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Victoria Sweet, MD, PhD is an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. Following her BS in Mathematics from Stanford University and her MD from the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine, Dr. Sweet earned an MA and a PhD in the History of the Health Sciences from the University of California, San Francisco. Her research focused on the 12th-century German abbess, composer, theologian, visionary, and medical practitioner Hildegard von Bingen.

In God’s Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine, the author weaves stories of her experiences caring for patients at Laguna Honda Hospital in San Francisco, the last almshouse in the country, with her studies of medieval medicine. In the process, Dr. Sweet comes to appreciate the importance of slow medicine and the efficiency of inefficiency.

For more information on One Community/One Book, contact Lisa Matye Finnie, Special Collections Librarian, at finnie@uthscsa.edu or 210-567-2406.

One Community/One Book 2016: God’s Hotel: Hear the Author

Photograph of Dr. Victoria SweetAbout the Author

Victoria Sweet, MD, PhD is an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. Following her BS in Mathematics from Stanford University and her MD from the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine, Dr. Sweet earned an MA and a PhD in the History of the Health Sciences from the University of California, San Francisco. Her research focuses on the 12th-century German abbess, composer, theologian, visionary, and medical practitioner Hildegard von Bingen.

In God’s Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine, the author weaves stories of her experiences caring for patients at Laguna Honda Hospital in San Francisco, the last almshouse in the country, with her studies of medieval medicine. In the process, Dr. Sweet comes to appreciate the importance of slow medicine and the efficiency of inefficiency.

Hear the Author

Dr. Victoria Sweet will present The Ewing Halsell Distinguished Lecture in the Holly Auditorium on the Long Campus of the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio on the evening of Thursday, March 17, 2016. A reception will be held at 5:30 pm with the author’s presentation at 6:00 pm and a book signing to follow at 7:00 pm.

To register for free for this event, visit http://www.texashumanities.org/.

Copies of God’s Hotel will be available for purchase at the event through the UT Health Science Center San Antonio Bookstore.

For a preview, consider viewing Dr. Victoria Sweet’s TEDx Middlebury presentation: The Efficiency of Inefficiency.

For more information on One Community/One Book, contact Lisa Matye Finnie, Special Collections Librarian, at finnie@uthscsa.edu or 210-567-2406.

One Community/One Book 2016: God’s Hotel: Join the Conversation

Conversation is the heart of One Community/One Book.

The Briscoe Library will offer a workshop on February 2, 2016 at 12 Noon in the Howe Conference Room to support discussion group leaders and to encourage dialogue about the book. This event is open to faculty, staff, and students of the UT Health Science Center San Antonio, as well as members of the broader community, who are interested in planning a book discussion opportunity. Register online.

Book discussions will be held throughout February and March, leading up to Dr. Victoria Sweet’s visit to campus on March 17, 2016. Details about book discussion groups can be posted to this page by submitting the Discussion Group Registration Form. Please be sure to print out a Discussion Group Sign-In Sheet and e-mail the completed form to Lisa Matye Finnie. These sign-in sheets are an important part of the evaluation and reporting process for One Community/One Book. In addition, A Reader’s Guide with Suggested Questions for Discussion, adapted by Penguin Books USA, is available to help get the conversation going!

Resources for Discussion Group Leaders

Facilitator and Host Training Workshop

Tuesday, February 2, 2016
12:00 Noon – 1:00 pm
Briscoe Library – UT Health Science Center San Antonio
Howe Conference Room (5th Floor)
Register Online

Book Discussion Groups

Tuesday, February 16, 2016
12:00 Noon – 1:00 pm
Briscoe Library – UT Health Science Center San Antonio
Collaboratory (4th Floor)
RSVP to Adelita Cantu, PhD, RN

Wednesday, February 17, 2016
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
NPR Book Club
Forest Hills Public Library
5245 Ingram Road inside Loop 410
Contact Pegeen Seger, Head of Outreach Services, for more information

Thursday, February 18, 2016
12:00 Noon – 1:00 pm
Briscoe Library – UT Health Science Center San Antonio
Howe Conference Room (5th Floor)

Wednesday, February 24, 2016
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Ya Ya’s Thai Restaurant
8085 Callaghan Road at IH 10 W

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Held in partnership with the Garden & Health Interest Group and the Discussions in Medical Ethics Group
Briscoe Library – UT Health Science Center San Antonio
Healing Garden (weather permitting) or Howe Conference Room (5th Floor)
RSVP to Lisa Matye Finnie, Special Collections Librarian

For more information on One Community/One Book, contact Lisa Matye Finnie, Special Collections Librarian, at finnie@uthscsa.edu or 210-567-2406.

One Community/One Book 2016: God’s Hotel: The Book

To Read the 2016 One Community/One Book Selection God’s Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine by Victoria Sweet:

Cover Photograph of God's Hotel by Victoria Sweet

For more information on One Community/One Book, contact Lisa Matye Finnie, Special Collections Librarian, at finnie@uthscsa.edu or 210-567-2406.

One Community/One Book 2017

“When Breath Becomes Air”: A Conversation with Lucy Kalanithi

Lucy Kalanithi, MD, whose husband, Paul Kalanithi, MD, wrote the hauntingly beautiful memoir “When Breath Becomes Air” as a meditation on his life and approaching death at age 37, speaks at the UT Health San Antonio Holly Auditorium from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 23.

Please register for this free event here or at www.TexasHumanities.org.

Dr. Kalanithi’s presentation is the 2017 Ewing Halsell Distinguished Lecture. The reading and interview-style discussion will be moderated by physician-author Jerald Winakur, MD. A book-signing and catered reception will follow, and Continuing Medical Education credit is available.

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