One Community/One Book

Announcing: Community Discussions in Social Justice: Black Man in a White Coat

Cover of Book: Black Man in a White Coat

The Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics and the Briscoe Library have chosen Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine by Damon Tweedy, MD, JD as the basis for a Community Discussions in Social Justice Project. Dr. Tweedy will present the Frank Bryant Jr, MD Memorial Lecture in Medical Ethics on April 19, 2016 at 12 noon in the Holly Auditorium at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio, followed by a reception and book-signing at 1:00 pm.

The Library will support book discussion groups and community dialogue leading up to Dr. Tweedy’s visit to campus. For more information, visit the Community Discussions in Social Justice website.

Community Discussions in Social Justice 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.

 

Dr. Victoria Sweet to Speak March 17

Photograph of Dr. Victoria Sweet

This year’s One Community One Book author Victoria Sweet, MD, PhD will be on campus March 17 to present the Ewing Halsell Distinguished Lecture. A reception will be held at 5:30 pm in the Holly Auditorium lobby, followed by her presentation in the auditorium at 6:00 pm.

Dr. Sweet is an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. Following 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 12th-century German abbess, composer, theologian, and medical practitioner Hildegard von Bingen.

In her book, 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 medical practice. In the process, Dr. Sweet comes to appreciate the importance of slow medicine and the efficiency of inefficiency.

Register for this event at https://www.texashumanities.org/.

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 Selection: 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 Sweet

The Briscoe Library in collaboration with the Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics has chosen God’s Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine as a 2016 One Community/One Book selection. The book’s author Victoria Sweet, MD, PhD will present the Ewing Halsell Distinguished Lecture on the evening of March 17, 2016 in the Holly Auditorium. 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.

Dr. Sweet 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.

The Briscoe Library will hold a kick-off event and workshop on February 2, 2016 at 12 Noon in the Howe Conference Room, Briscoe Library 5th floor, to support book discussion group leaders and to encourage conversation. 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 Here. Book discussions will then be held throughout February and March, leading up to Dr. Sweet’s visit to campus on March 17, 2016.

For more information, please visit the One Community/One Book 2016: God’s Hotel website or contact Lisa Matye Finnie, Special Collections Librarian, at finnie@uthscsa.edu or 210-567-2406.

One Community One Book: Find a Discussion Group

Cover Photograph of God's Hotel by Victoria Sweet

The 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, MD, PhD as a 2016 One Community One Book selection. Dr. 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.

Conversation is the heart of One Community One Book. Book discussions will be held throughout February and March, leading up to Dr. Victoria Sweet’s visit to campus. To find a book discussion group or to register your discussion group, visit the One Community One Book 2016: Join the Conversation site.

The Library is also partnering with the Garden & Health Interest Group and the Discussions in Medical Ethics Group to host a book discussion in the Healing Garden on March 1 at 5:30 pm. More information is available here.

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 Author Phil Klay Speaks on Campus

Cover of book RedeploymentThis year’s One Community/One Book project culminated with an appearance on the Health Science Center campus by former Marine Phil Klay, author of Redeployment, the 2014 National Book Award in Fiction honoree. On October 30, approximately three hundred attendees filled the Holly Auditorium to hear the author discuss his collection of short stories based upon his duty as a Public Affairs Officer in Iraq’s Anbar Province during the surge. Members of the audience included individuals from the San Antonio community, local health professionals, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio faculty, staff, and students, and area veterans. Video telecast was also available at the Regional Academic Health Center in Harlingen, at the Laredo Regional Campus, and at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Mr. Klay’s presentation focused on the practice of storytelling in war and on readings from Redeployment. The author shared selections from two of his short storiesTen Kliks South and Bodies, and related how his experiences led him to write fictional accounts of members of the military as they struggle with the challenges of war and the readjustments of returning home. He also answered questions from the audience about how these communal stories of war encourage open dialogue about the meaningful issues they raise. A reception and book signing followed the engaging presentation, as enthusiastic attendees lined up to speak with the author and to have their books autographed.

Author Phil Klay at Book Signing

Photograph by Lester Rosebrock UTHSCSA Creative Media Services

Book discussion groups were held both leading up to and following the author’s presentation. Attendees examined the stories in the book, explored the various points of view, and sought to develop compassion for the veterans whom they encounter. Sixty individuals participated in book discussion groups, including UTHSCSA faculty, students, and staff, a psychiatric and mental health nursing clinical group, military health psychology students at UTSA, members of the Department of Research at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System, and an area women’s writers’ group.

On November 19, 2014, Redeployment by Phil Klay was awarded the prestigious 2014 National Book Award in Fiction (Video of the Announcement and Acceptance Speech). The National Book Foundation also named Phil Klay as one of 5 under 35, a set of five emerging young writers of fiction selected by previous National Book Award winners and finalists.

One Community/One Book is a project of The Libraries and the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics, with support from STRONG STAR. 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 Selection for Fall 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, The Libraries and STRONG STAR are pleased to announce that Phil Klay, author of Redeployment, has accepted an invitation to speak at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 12 Noon in the Holly Auditorium as part of a One Community/One Book project.

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.

In Redeployment, Phil Klay presents twelve gritty and compelling short stories on the experience of war in Iraq and the challenges faced by those returning home. 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.

The Briscoe Library will offer workshops in October to support book discussion group leaders and to encourage conversation. Book discussions will then be held throughout October, leading up to Phil Klay’s visit to campus on October 30, 2014.

For more information, please visit the One Community/One Book 2014 website or 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.