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How to Have a Conversation, Episode 1: “We Were Confronting Each Other and We Were Being Brave”, María José Pareja Rozo Explores How In Your Shoes Facilitates Conversations

August 31st, 2022

María José Pareja Rozo, Graduate Student of the Medical Humanities Initiative in the 2021-2022 academic year, launched How to Have a Conversation, a podcast about how the arts and humanities engage us in conversation. The pilot episode focuses on the In Your Shoes project, co-created by Derek Goldman.…

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Carpe Diem, Saba Nia’s Debut Novel, Will Be Out in July

June 14th, 2022

Carpe Diem, the debut novel of Saba Nia (COL’23), Psychology Major and Creative Writing and Biology Minor, and one of our 2020-2021 Research Fellowships recipients, will be published by New Degree Press next July.…

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Press the Button: Lifelines, Featuring Elisa Reverman

June 13th, 2022

In this episode of the Press the Button podcast, Lovely Umayam and Elisa Revernman talk about the Bombshelltoe Collective‘s Lifelines Project, a collection of personal reflections about the experiences of nuclear policymakers and technical practitioners during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.…

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Georgetown Lombardi Arts and Humanities Online Classes Build Communities Across the Globe

May 26th, 2022

Early on in the pandemic, Julia Langley, director of the Georgetown Lombardi Arts & Humanities Program, decided to experiment with moving some of the AHP classes online via Zoom and providing free tickets through Eventbrite. They became popular fast, attracting participants from a wide geographic spread, including 22 states, 23 countries and six continents.…

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Ella Castanier Awarded a Kalorama Fellowship

April 21st, 2022

Ella Castanier (COL’24) was awarded one of the 2022 Kalorama Summer Research Fellowships, to support her history of medicine project titled, “Checking the Monster Scourge”: Black Healthcare Workers During the 1918 Influenza Pandemic in Philadelphia.…

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Social Science & Medicine – Mental Health Video Podcast: Emily Mendenhall on Flourishing and Health in Critical Perspective

April 13th, 2022

Emily Mendenhall and Sarah S. Willen talk about “Flourishing and Health in Critical Perspective: An Invitation to Interdisciplinary Dialogue,” the first series of the Social Science & Medicine – Mental Health journal. The conversation centers around how interdisciplinary dialogue can improve the way we study flourishing and health – and the clinical and policy interventions we propose.…

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COVID, Quickly, Episode 27: “Second Boosters, Masks in the Next Wave and Smart Risk Decisions”, Scientific American Looks at Emily Mendenhall’s Research About Attitudes Toward Masks

April 1st, 2022

In this episode of the “COVID, Quickly”, Scientific American’s senior health editors Tanya Lewis and Josh Fischman look at Emily Mendenhall’s research on people’s attitudes towards masks, to understand how the decision to wear a mask reflects people’s perceptions of risk and views about government.…

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NutrireCoLab Episode 7: Interview with Professor Emily Mendenhall about her New Book Unmasked

March 1st, 2022

Lauren Carruth interviews Emily Mendenhall about how people in her hometown in northwest Iowa responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. She describes why people unmasked and how social relations within the community played out over the course of the pandemic. Many people were very cautious, while some people ignored public health recommendations for personal gain.…

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NutrireCoLab Episode 5: Edna Bosire in Conversation with Emily Mendenhall on her Work at the Intersection of Health, Nutrition, Anthropology, and Health Systems

February 14th, 2022

Emily Mendenhall interviews her longtime colleague Edna Bosire about her personal journey in the field of anthropology, and her work at the intersection of health, nutrition, anthropology, and health systems. Bosire also provides insights into her work as an ethnographer of health policy and systems in Malawi and in her work with Health Systems Global.…


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“Emily Mendenhall Unmasks COVID-19 Denialism in her Hometown”, the Walsh School of Foreign Service Presents Mendenhall’s New Book

December 8th, 2021

The Walsh School of Foreign Service presents Emily Mendenhall’s upcoming book, “Unmasked: COVID, Community and the Case of Okoboji”. “Unmasked” unpacks the “everyday disagreements” about COVID-19 Mendenhall observed firsthand in her hometown during that first pandemic summer. The book is also an examination of the performance of politics as social and cultural practice.…

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“The Limits of Advance Care Planning”, Dr. Michael Pottash’s Perspective on Pallimed

November 22nd, 2021

In this piece published on the Pallimed blog, Michael Pottash responds to the case against advance care planning, arguing that a better framework for thinking about these future-oriented conversations is training clinicians to have Serious Illness Conversations with their patients before they end up in the final stage or in intensive care.…

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Aminatta Forna in Conversation with John Freeman

November 9th, 2021

On November 9th, 2021, the Lannan Center presented a reading and talk featuring author Aminatta Forna and editor John Freeman to discuss her recently launched book, The Window Seat.…

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“Epidemics Have Happened Before and They’ll Happen Again. What Will We Remember?”, Science News Explores the Work Co-Authored by Dr. Lakshmi Krishnan

October 27th, 2021

On its coverage of “Health & Medicine”, Science News examines the research article co-authored by Dr. Lakshmi Krishnan —“Historical Insights on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the 1918 Influenza Pandemic, and Racial Disparities: Illuminating a Path Forward”— to understand the legacies of the racial health disparities in the historical arc of the 1918 influenza pandemic in the present, to address the social determinants of health that lead to these disparities.…

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Dr. Toni-Lee Sangastiano’s Paintings on Display in the Permanent Collection Gallery of the Robert A. Facchina Italian American Museum of Washington DC (IAMDC)

September 25th, 2021

On September 25, 2021, The Robert A. Facchina Italian American Museum of Washington DC (IAMDC) hosted a reception for IAMDC artists. Dr. Toni-Lee Sangastiano’s paintings are on display in the permanent collection gallery of the museum and this collection celebrates the contributions of Italian and Italian-American artists throughout DC from the birth of our nation’s capital into the present.…

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An Evening with Acclaimed Writer Sofi Oksanen

September 21st, 2021

Virtual reading and conversation with one of the most awarded literary authors in Scandinavia, Finnish-Estonian novelist and playwright , Sofi Oksanen. Moderated by Lannan Center Director, Aminatta Forna.…

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Dr. Lakshmi Krishnan Featured in the The Library of Congress Magazine’s “Stories From A Pandemic”

September 10th, 2021

The September-October 2021 issue of The Library of Congress Magazine presents “Stories From A Pandemic”, a first-of-its-kind collection of audio diaries newly acquired by the Library that reveals how the pandemic also transformed the way health-care workers view their mission as healers. Dr. Lakshmi Krishnan recounts how she had to change the way she treated patients while fearing for her own life, and cautions, “if we don’t take heed, we could be in this situation again sooner rather than later.”…

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Always Take Notes Podcast, Episode 115: Aminatta Forna

August 24th, 2021

Aminatta Forna speaks with the Always Take Notes hosts, Simon Akam and Rachel Lloyd, about her early work at the BBC, the similarities between creative non-fiction and fiction and her decision to take up a post at Georgetown University.…

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Words: Sideshow, Freak Show, Circus

July 27th, 2021

In this short silent film, Toni-Lee Sangastiano presents media headlines that employ the words “freak show, sideshow, and circus” as negative metaphors in politics and business, based on selected data from daily Google Alerts for those keywords, between 2016 and 2021.…

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“An Innovative Georgetown Lab Looks to Theater to Quell Political Fires”, The Washington Post Talks About the “In Your Shoes” Project, Co-Created by Derek Goldman

February 12th, 2021

The Washington Post highlights Derek Goldman’s methodology of “performing one another”, as well as many other initiatives by the Laboratory for Global Performance, including “Here I Am,” a digital performance piece that premiered in April 2021; and and “Remember This: The Lesson of Jan Karski,” written by Clark Young and Derek Goldman and directed by Goldman.…

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“Medical Humanities Initiative Creates Novel Learning Opportunities with Interdisciplinary Students and Faculty”, The Georgetown University Medical Center Covers the Work of the Medical Humanities Initiative

January 28th, 2021

The Georgetown University Medical Center wrote about the novel learning opportunities that the Georgetown University Medical Humanities Initiative provides for undergraduate and medical students, by extending classical humanities studies into the realm of illness and disease.…


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Readings and Talks featuring Valeria Luiselli

October 20th, 2020

Evening with award-winning novelist and essayist, Valeria Luiselli. This event was moderated by Lannan Center Director and author Aminatta Forna and was cosponsored by the Georgetown Medical Humanities Initiative.…

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The Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies Presents Report, Co-Authored by Dr. Christopher King, on Health Disparities in the Black Community

June 2nd, 2020

The Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies presents the Health Disparities in the Black Community: An Imperative for Racial Equity in the District of Columbia, co-authored by Dr. Christopher King. This report illuminates entrenched health and socioeconomic disparities that help explain why approximately three quarters of the deaths associated with COVID-19 in Washington DC have been among the African American community.…

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“Beyond 1918: Bringing Pandemic Response into the Present, and Future”, James Giordano, Diane DiEuliis, Peter Emanuel and Alexander Titus Write for the Institute for National Strategic Studies

April 27th, 2020

Dr. James Giordano, Diane DiEuliis, Peter Emanuel and Alexander Titus study the 1918 pandemic, and re-contextualize the issues, problems and solutions of the past in light of the circumstances, capabilities and complexities of the present, considering the technical tools that are currently available for pandemic response, information acquisition, and issues of governmental transparency and communication in the face of public fear.…

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“How to Reopen America”, James Giordano’s Expert Opinion on CNN

March 27th, 2020

To answer the urgent question of “How to reopen America”, CNN presents the expert opinions of Dr. James Giordano and Dr. Daniel M. Gerstein, suggesting “creative approaches to protecting those who are vulnerable, while keeping our society functioning and economy running”.…


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The Hoya Covers the Development of the Medical Humanities Major

November 8th, 2019

The Hoya introduces the future Medical Humanities major, expected to possibly launch in coming years, mentioning the Spring 2020 courses, and Dr. Lakshmi Krishnan and Dr. Daniel Marchalik’s vision for the Medical Humanities at Georgetown University.…

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The Hoya Writes about the Georgetown Disability Alliance and the Work to Address the Needs of Members of the Community with Diverse Abilities

September 19th, 2019

On its covering of the of the development of the Georgetown Disability Alliance, the student organization founded to draw attention to issues affecting students with disabilities on campus, The Hoya talked with Sylvia Önder about the work that Georgetown and the Disabilities Studies Program to bring more awareness and address the needs of members of the Georgetown community living with disabilities.…

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BBC Radio 4 – Bookclub: Aminatta Forna – The Memory of Love

September 5th, 2019

Aminatta Forna discusses her novel The Memory of Love with James Naughtie and a group of readers at the BBC Radio – 4 Bookclub podcast. The Memory of Love has as its background three decades of unrest and violence in Sierra Leone, Aminatta Forna’s father’s home country and the one where she mostly grew up.…

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Emily Mendenhall on Why We Need to Rethink Diabetes

July 18th, 2019

Emily Mendenhall challenges the idea that diabetes is a “lifestyle disease”, which views individuals as solely responsible for diabetes. Mendenhall argues that diabetes is a product of society, of both global and local factors.…


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Ethicslab Podcast: Psychiatric Disability and Life Threatening Non-Adherence, featuring Dr. Carol Taylor, Dr. Michael Pottash, Dr. Laura Guidry-Grimes and Dr. Sarah Kleinfeld

December 27th, 2018

In the Ethicslab podcast, Dr. Carol Taylor, Dr. Michael Pottash, Dr. Laura Guidry-Grimes and Dr. Sarah Kleinfeld reflect on the stories of patients with psychiatric disability, who face end-of-life situations after prolonged non-adherence to a medical treatment plan. The guests offer their ethical reflections on the challenges, naming the components of complexity, and what is important for ethics committee members to pay attention to in patient stories like these.…


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Natascha de Vasconcellos Otoya Interviewed Professor John McNeill

November 29th, 2017

Natascha De Vasconcellos Otoya, History PhD student and one of our 2021-2022 Research Fellowships recipients, interviewed Professor John McNeill about his work on global environmental history, the trajectory of the field, and the practical challenges of writing history on a global scale.…

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Dr. Michael Pottash Writes about Clinicians’ Word Choices on the Better Healthcare Blog

April 22nd, 2017

Dr. Michael Pottash writes about the use of nonspecific words amongst clinicians when communicating prognosis to patients, families and other medical providers, and suggests that it would be clearer if healthcare professionals simply used explicit time frames in documentation and in consultation with patients when attempting to convey a prognosis.…