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One Community/One Book 2013: Hear the Author

Hurd Auditorium, School of Nursing

April 4, 9:00 a.m.

Tina Rosenberg

Photo by Noah Greenberg.

Tina Rosenberg is the author of Children of Cain: Violence and the Violent in Latin America; The Haunted Land: Facing Europe’s Ghosts After Communism, which won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award; and this year’s One Community/One Book selection, Join the Club: How Peer Pressure Can Transform the World.

She was the first freelance journalist to receive a MacArthur Fellowship.

The Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics will bring Tina Rosenberg to campus on Thursday, April 4, 2013, when she will be the keynote speaker at the Center’s 6th Annual Community Service Learning Conference.

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One Community/One Book 2013: Join the Conversation

Are you interested in receiving a free copy of this year’s One Community/One Book reading selection?

This year The Libraries, in cooperation with the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics, have chosen Join the Club: How Peer Pressure Can Transform the World for a One Community/One Book read.   Tina Rosenberg, the author of Join the Club, will be the keynote speaker at the CMH&E’s Community Service Learning Conference, which will take place on April 4, 2013.

The Libraries will offer three noon-hour workshops, January 28, February 4, and February 13, 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.

Book discussions will be held throughout February and March, in the weeks leading up to Tina Rosenberg’s keynote address at the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics Community Service Learning Conference on April 4, 2013.

General Discussion Group Sign in Sheet

Join the Club Discussion Questions

Registration for Facilitator and Host Training Workshops

NOTE: You will receive a message confirming your registration.  Please email Susan Hunnicutt (Hunnicutt@uthscsa.edu) if you do not receive email confirmation within a week of registering.

January Training

Monday, January 28
12:00 noon – 1:00 pm
Collaboratory (Briscoe Library, San Antonio)
Register Online

February Training

Monday, February 4
12:00 noon – 1:00 pm
Collaboratory (Briscoe Library, San Antonio)
Register Online

Wednesday, February 13
12:00 noon – 1:00 pm
Collaboratory (Briscoe Library, San Antonio)
Register Online

January Book Discussions

Wednesday, January 23
PrISM (Professional Interest in Social Media) Book Discussion
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Briscoe Library 2.039

March Book Discussions

Tuesday, March 19
Noon to 1:oo p.m.
Howe Conference Room, 5th Floor Briscoe Library
Hosted by Melanie Stone, MPH, M.Ed. and Jessica Mendez, Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics
“Bring your own lunch, light refreshments will be provided.”
Please RSVP to  CSL@uthscsa.edu

April Book Discussions

Tuesday, April 2
6:00 p.m.
Off Campus
Hosted by Jason Rosenfeld, MPH, Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics
RSVP for location to Jason at RosenfeldJ@uthscsa.edu

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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 HumanitiesTexas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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One Community/One Book 2013: The Book

According to Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tina Rosenberg, peer pressure draws its energy from the powerful human desire to be connected to others. Because the desire for connection is so strong, peer pressure is “a mighty and terrible force—so powerful that, for the vast majority of people, the best antidote to it is more peer pressure.”

What do you think? Is peer pressure a tool that can be employed in the service of better health?
This is one question that will be considered during the UT Health Science Center’s fifth One Community/One Book program, which will feature Rosenberg’s book, Join the Club: How Peer Pressure Can Transform the World.

To read more:

  • Borrow from the UTHSC Libraries
  • Borrow from the San Antonio Public Library (En Español)
  • Purchase at the UT Health Science Center Bookstore for $12.71, at 25% off the retail price

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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.

Read the Book

Join the Conversation

Hear the Author

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.

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 founded by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith. His works have been published in Newsweek, the New York Times, and the New York Daily News.

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 and at the Laredo Regional Campus in the Laredo Library Room 1.101.07.

A book signing 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 – 1:00 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

 

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.

 

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P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library

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Monday-Friday Saturday Sunday
8:00 a.m. – 5 p.m. Closed Closed

There is no charge to view the collections. If you have specific research needs call or e-mail to make an appointment, as some materials are located remotely.

Address & Contact Information

7703 Floyd Curl Dr.
San Antonio TX, 78248
5th floor, Briscoe Library
(210) 567-2400

The Special Collections of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library

San Antonio physician and historian Dr. Pat Ireland Nixon lent his name to what is now a treasure-trove of antiquarian texts, dating from the 15th to the early 20th century. Ophthalmology, surgery, and anatomy are particular strengths of the Nixon Library. Also contained within the Special Collections are classic European and early American first editions, such as Nightingale’s Notes on Nursing and Darwin’s On the Origin of Species. A number of magnificent anatomical atlases feature illustrations that qualify as works of art in their own right.

Photograph of Dr Charleen Moore and two students during the 2007 elective History of AnatomyOriginally donated to the Health Science Center in the early 1970s by the Bexar County Medical Society, the superb core collection has expanded to contain close to 5000 volumes of treasured medical texts, including important works by Vesalius (De Humani Corporis Fabrica – 1543), Albinus (Tables of the Skeleton and Muscles of the Human Body – 1749), Celsus (De Medicina – 1481), Avicenna (The Canon of Medicine – 1486), Burton (Anatomy of Melancholy – 1632), and Hooke (The Micrographia – 1667).

The library regularly features holdings in the Treasures of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library Blog

Tours of the Nixon Library, including viewings of rare books within subject areas, can be arranged by contacting Assistant Director for Special Collections Anne Comeaux at (210) 567-2428 or email comeaux@uthscsa.edu. Selected materials from the Nixon Library may also be viewed online in the UTHSC Digital Archive / History of Medicine Collection and the Portal to Texas History.

Policies for the Use of Materials in the Special Collections

 

Visit the Digital Archive

About the Image: 4th year medical students Nadine Terrazas and Robyn Treadwell visit the P.I. Nixon Library in April 2007 during the senior medical school elective, History of Anatomy In Situ, directed by Charleen M. Moore, PhD, Professor in the Department of Cellular and Structural Biology.

The Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library

The Nixon Library has an active Friends group that meets regularly for lectures, films, and dinners. Membership is open to all. For more information, visit the Friends page.

Popular books on the history of medicine

The Friends of the P.I. Nixon Library have purchased a collection of popular books on the history of medicine. The books highlight significant periods and events in medical history and are located in the library’s general collection. To view a complete list of titles and locations click here.

Library ExhibitsIllustration of a man using a dog to pull out a mandrake

Exhibits on medical historical topics are researched and mounted for the Health Science Center by various Special Collections staff. These displays are available as traveling exhibitions to other institutions as an educational service offered by the Library.  The Library also sometimes mounts exhibits from sources outside the Health Science Center.  Contact Jonquil Fieldman, Director of Briscoe Library and Outreach Services, at email feldman@uthscsa.edu or (210) 567-2430 if you have an exhibit you would like displayed in the library.

About the Image: A man uses a dog to pull a mandrake from the ground from Histoire de la medecine, de la pharmacie, de l’art dentaire et de l’art veterinaire by Jacques Poulet, Jean-Charles Sournia, and Marcel Martiny. (Click image for larger view.) This book is available to view in the P.I. Nixon Library.

University Archives and Local History Materials

Bexar County and South Texas have a rich medical heritage. The University Archives houses historical records of the University and the development of medicine in Bexar County and South Texas. The Archives provides a reference service for the Health Science Center community and a repository for the preservation of historically important University records.

You can find detailed information about many of our archival collections at Texas Archival Resources Online.

Included in the collection are:

  • University publications
  • correspondence of key officials
  • minutes
  • student yearbooks
  • papers of early San Antonio physicians
  • and more

The Special Collections staff actively seek to acquire materials related to the history of medicine, including:

  • manuscripts
  • journals and account books of local physicians
  • photographs of area hospitals and health practitioners
  • records of local medical organizations

Persons owning such materials are encouraged to donate them so that they may be preserved and made available for research. The community is also reminded that materials that do not seem valuable today may provide an important historical insight in the future.

For more information about the archives or to make an appointment to view archival materials, contact Library Archival Assistant Mellisa DeThorne at 210-567-2470, email dethorne@uthscsa.edu or Assistant Director for Special Collections Anne Comeaux at 210-567-2428, email comeaux@uthscsa.edu.

Past Events at the Libraries

Illustration of medieval medical practices by Hieronymus Brunschwig, 1494

Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic and Medicine

The UT Health Science Center Libraries are pleased to announce that Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine will visit the Briscoe Library from October 11 to November 6, 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. Further information about this event can be found here.

One Community/One Book

One Community/One Book Spring 2013: Join the Club

One Community/OneBook 2012: Barefoot Heart: Stories of a Migrant Child

2012′s book selection was Barefoot Heart: Stories of a Migrant Child by Elva Treviño Hart. Visit the event page for more information about the book and the talk.

One Community/One Book 2010: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

2010′s One Community/One Book was The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. The author spoke at the Frank Bryant Jr., MD Memorial Lecture on October 15th, 2010.

One Community / One Book 2009: Final Exam

“Dr. Pauline Chen’s Final Exam: A Surgeon’s Reflections on Mortality was the One Community/ One Book selection for 2009. Dr. Chen spoke at Transplant Center grand rounds on the Morning of September 25, and later received a standing ovation for her noon-hour talk in the Parman Auditorium. More than 100 people—students, faculty and staff, participated in planned discussion groups in the weeks leading up to Dr. Chen’s talk. For more information about 2009′s programs, visit the information page.

One Community / One Book 2008: Mountains Beyond Mountains

Be a part of the One Community / One Book 2008. Read the book Mountains Beyond Mountains and then participate in program activities. For a schedule of activities and information about the book visit the One Community / One Book information page.

Other Events

4th Binational Conference for Promotores de Salud

Approximately 175 promotores, or community health workers, from around South Texas convened for the 4th Binational Conference for Promotores de Salud in South Padre Island, Texas. The conference theme was “Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies” and featured programs on a variety of mental health topics. Dr. Ana Nogales, a clinical psychologist and author of Latina Power, was the keynote speaker. The staff of the Ramirez Library, in partnership with several local community health agencies and the NN/LM SCR, organized the conference. For more information visit the Conference Web site.

Changing the Face of Medicine
Changing the Face of Medicine, an exhibit from the National Library of Medicine, was on display at the Briscoe Library from late October until November 21, 2008.

getHIP

getHIP 2010
getHip 2010, held on April 14th 2010, was the second school health conference organized by the UT Health Science Center Libraries. Further information about this event can be found here.
getHIP 2008
Held on Saturday, June 7 2008, the getHIP conference welcomed 121 school librarians, school nurses, teachers, school administrators, health educators, health sciences librarians and others to promote a coordinated approach to school health. More information can be found here.