Academic Year 2021-2022

Spring 2022

Planetary Health and the Humanities Conference

March 31-April 1, 2022

The Glasscock Center at Texas A&M University is dedicated to supporting and fostering cross-disciplinary research in the humanities, and its current initiatives focus, respectively, on global healthenvironment, and the public humanities. Growing concerns over environmental degradation and the effects of climate change and habitat loss have led to emerging cross-disciplinary research into the direct impacts of environmental decline on health in relation to human and more-than-human ecologies.

Keynote speaker: Nancy Tuana (Penn State University)
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Panel 1 speakers: ​​Omar Rivera (Texas A&M University), Nicole Redvers (University of North Dakota), Jordan Daniels (Pomona & Pitzer Colleges), Mayari Hengstermann (Universidad del Valle de Guatemala)
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Panel 2 speakers: Rosemary Jolly (Penn State University), Krithika Srinivasan (University of Edinburgh), Robin Chen-Hsing Tsai (Tamkang University), Kathryn Whitlock (University of Texas Dallas)
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Panel 3 speakers: Michelle Meyer (Texas A&M University), Jamie Draper (University of Oxford), Daniel Mahoney (Baylor College of Medicine & Texas Children’s Hospital), Priya Dave (Harvard Medical School & Mt. Sinai Hospital)
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“How Has the Pandemic Affected How You Think About Your Humanities Research?” | A virtual brown bag lunch series, Session 2

April 21, 2022 | 1:00-2:30 pm

This informal series provides insight into emerging conversations in health and science studies and the humanities. In each session, scholars considered questions regarding how they have refocused or reassessed their research during the pandemic. They discussed questions such as the following: How has the pandemic changed your thinking about your research? How does one balance research responsiveness with long term impact? Has the scope of your research been altered to intersect with multiple fields or collaborations across disciplines? Has the pandemic challenged key terms and concepts within your field, such as migration, borders, social responsibility, or inequity? Has the pandemic raised new questions and issues?

Idia Thurston
, Associate Professor, Departments of Psychological and Brain Sciences and Health Promotion and Community Health Sciences, Texas A&M
Rachel Lim, Visiting Assistant Professor and ACES Fellow, Department of History, Texas A&M
Jessie Cortez, PhD Candidate in English Literature, Texas A&M
Conversation facilitated by Jessica Howell, Professor | Department of English

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Who Owns the Stories of Our Lives?” A reading and reflection by creative writer Lise Saffran

April 25, 2022 | 2:00-3:30 pm

The Glasscock Center for Humanities Research and the English Department at Texas A&M University hosted a reading and discussion with public health storyteller, novelist, and essayist Lise Saffran. As a visiting guest speaker during Fall 2021, Saffran studied and discussed an archive of first-person stories about Ebola, malaria, and COVID-19 collected by the Global Health Humanities T3 grant (Howell, Showers Johnson, Dague, Yeoman). She returned to read excerpts from the final draft of the creative work inspired by these stories and discussed the process of composition. Her work, entitled “Crossing the River: A Meditation on Infection, Community, and Grief in a Changing World,” pieces together excerpts from oral histories, historical and literary research, and personal reflection, forming a lyrical nonfiction collage illuminating the challenges in this type of storytelling. After the reading, she reflected upon her methods and process, and answered questions such as the following: in a media environment where stories both connect and divide us, how do we balance curiosity, humility, respect, and empathy as we approach the accounts of others’ lived experiences and perspectives? When are public health stories such as those that involve Ebola, Malaria and Covid-19 global health stories and when are they specific, local, and personal?

Lise Saffran
, Associate Teaching Professor in the Department of Public Health, University of Missouri
Conversation facilitated by Jessica Howell, Professor | Department of English

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Fall 2021

“How Has the Pandemic Affected How You Think About Your Humanities Research?” | A virtual brown bag lunch series, Session 1

November 1, 2021 | 12:00-1:00 pm

Sara DiCaglio, Assistant Professor | Department of English, Texas A&M
Omar Rivera, Associate Professor | Department of Philosophy, Texas A&M
Joan Wolf, Associate Professor | Women’s and Gender Studies Program, Texas A&M
Conversation facilitated by Jessica Howell, Professor | Department of English

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Academic Year 2020-2021

Fall 2020

“Frontline Workers’ Stories During COVID-19” Miniseries

“Heroes and Villains: Moral Injury and Institutional Betrayal in the Era of COVID”
Tuesday, November 10th, 10:00-11:00AM
Rishi Goyal | Director of the Medicine, Literature, and Society Program and
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Columbia University Medical Center

“The Stories of Nursing Educators and Trainees During COVID-19”
Thursday, October 8th, 1:00-2:00 PM
Margaret Bosenbark | Clinical Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, Texas A&M

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Spring 2021

“The Long-Term Impacts of Pandemics: Ongoing Disruptions to Society, Families, and the Economy”
February 22, 2021 March 1, 2021 | 10:00am-4:00pm CST | Zoom
*Please note this event was rescheduled from its original date due to the effects of the winter storm.

T3 Global Health Humanities Project, supported by the President’s Excellence fund.

Panel 1 (10:00-11:15am CST) – “Social impacts of Ebola: DR Congo” | Chair: Dr. Leslie RuyleSpeakers:
Kaswera Marie Jeanne | Farmer and Bethesda Beneficiary
Noe Kasali | Director, Bethesda Counseling
Tychique Muke | Red Cross
Maurice Kakule Mutsunga | Doctor affiliated with World Health Organization

Panel 2 (11:45am-1:00pm CST) – “Oral histories of Ebola: Sierra Leonean communities in Dallas and Freetown” | Chair: Professor Violet Showers JohnsonSpeakers:
Yvonne Deen | President, Krio Descendants Union of Texas
Jeremiah Harding | Institute of Public Administration and Management (IPAM)
Patrick Jackson | Krio Descendants Union

Keynote (3:00-4:00pm CST) – “Viral Exchanges: The Shifting Geopolitics of Ebola and COVID-19″Professor Gregg Mitman, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Chair: Professor Jessica Howell

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“The Role of Humanities in a Time of Pandemic”

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 | 4:00-5:00pm CST | Zoom

“Conceptualizing Health Humanities Programs in Low Resource Settings (in Africa)”
Quentin Eichbaum, Professor and Program Director, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

“The Stories of Epidemics: Oral Histories and Ebola”
Jessica Howell, Associate Professor and Associate Director of the Glasscock Center for Humanities Research | Texas A&M University

“Holding a Mirror up to Society: Empathy and Social Resilience in Pandemic Times”
Charles-Antoine Barbeau, M.A. Sociology, MD/PhD Candidate | Université de Sherbrooke

“The ‘Quarantined Across Border’ Project:  Immigrant Voices, Shared Sense-Making, and Collective Healing in a Pandemic”
Srividya Ramasubramanian, Professor of Communication and Presidential Impact Fellow | Texas A&M University

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Academic Year 2019-2020

Fall 2019

“Global Health Humanities lecture by Dr. Dorothy Roberts”
Thursday, November 14th, 4 PM-5:30 PM
Dr. Dorothy Roberts
Location: MSC 2400

Academic Year 2018-2019

Spring 2019

“Historical, Cultural, and Environmental Factors that Impact Nutrition Status in Timor-Leste, SE Asia”
January 29th, 1 PM-2:30 PM
Dr. Christine Tisone | Department of Health and Kinesiology
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Location: 311 Glasscock Building

“The Story of Malaria and Ebola in Oral History and Written Words”
February 15th, 11:30 AM-1:00 PM
Dr. Violet Showers Johnson | Department of History
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Location: 311 Glasscock Building

“‘Irregular Women’: Indian Doctresses and 19th-century American Medicine”
March 5th, 11 AM-12:30 PM
Dr. Angela Hudson | Department of History
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Location: 311 Glasscock Building

Fall 2018

“Sustainable Development and Well-being in the Yucatan, Mexico: Developing a Local Level Survey Instrument that Links Across Scales”
October 15th, 11 AM-12:30 PM
Dr. Allison Hopkins | Department of Anthropology
Location: 311 Glasscock Building

“HIV/AIDS Biopolitics, State and Sexually Marginalized Groups in India”
November 14th, 1:30 PM-3:00 PM
Dr. Chaitanya Lakkimsetti | Department of Sociology
Location: 311 Glasscock Building

“Wildlife, Humans and Conservation in Botswana and the Amazon: One Health”
December 5th, 11 AM-12:30 PM
Dr. Amanda Stronza | Applied Biodiversity Science Program
Location: 311 Glasscock Building

Academic Year 2018-2019 Past Events

Spring 2018

“Undergraduate Health Humanities Highlights”
February 23rd, 3-4 PM
Seminar Meeting
Facilitated by Professor Barbara Gastel
Location: 300 Glasscock Building

“Graphic Medicine and Women’s Reproductive Health”
March 23rd, 4-5 PM
Seminar Meeting
Dr. Sara DiCaglio
Location: 326 LAAH Building (Department of English)

“Readings from Symposium Guest Speakers”
April 12th, 11 AM-12 PM
Seminar Meeting
Dr. Jessica Howell
Location: 300 Glasscock Building

One-Day Symposium: “The Future of Healthcare”

April 20th, 2018, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Guest Speakers: Professor Kirsten Ostherr, Rice University, Department of English and Dr. Ruth Berggren, UT Health San Antonio, Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics

Location: 311 Glasscock Building

Symposium Schedule

Fall 2017

“Global Health and Medical Anthropology: Storytelling as a Cultural Bridge”
September 25th, 2017, 3:30 – 4:40 p.m.
Seminar meeting
Michelle Yeoman, Lecturer in Veterinary Integrative Biosciences, Ph.D. student in Anthropology, Texas A&M University
Location: 300 Glasscock Building

“Intimate Partner Violence in Medicine”
November 27th, 2017, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Seminar meeting
Dr. Dianne Kraft, Assistant Dean for Diversity, Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine
Location: 300 Glasscock Building

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