Whistle Words is a multimedia project helping women reclaim their sense of self after a life-changing cancer diagnosis--with the simple aid of a pen. Charlottesville-based Whistle Words offers writing workshops for women in and after cancer treatment. Being part of this project as an adjunct or follow-up to treatment can make a real difference in participants' outlook and healing, as demonstrated by women's writings in the recently published anthology, Truth: Voices of Women Changed by Cancer. In this Medical Center Hour, Whistle Words' co-founder Charlotte Matthews and UVA nurse/breast cancer survivor/workshop participant Susan Goins-Eplee introduce Whistle Words and explore the healing power of writing.
A John F. Anderson Memorial Lecture
Viewing women through an androcentric lens, Western medicine from Hippocrates and Galen forward explained women's behavior from headache to "troublemaking" as unhealthful signs of "hysteria," a suffocating madness believed due to a wandering womb. Centuries, even millennia before Freud asked, "What do women really want?" medical men assumed they knew what women with hysteria needed, and that remedy was pelvic massage to "paroxysm." By the late nineteenth century, with manufacture of electrified massage instruments, doctors could deliver said therapy more quickly and efficiently. This medical treatment, the Victorian social milieu in which it was prevalent (and popular), and (mis)understandings of female sexuality, intimacy, and inequality are the subjects of young American playwright Sarah Ruhl's comedy, In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play (2010). This Medical Center Hour's panelists explore a rich mix of ideas having to do with women, medicine, and The Vibrator Play.
Offered in conjunction with LiveArts' production of "In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play", 1-23 March
The influenza pandemic of 1918 was the most powerful pandemic disease in human history, emerging out of the worst-case scenario of an airborne virus mutating to an extremely lethal form amid crowded conditions of military training camps and battlefields. This deadly influenza exploded from the Western Front of World War I to circle the globe and kill at least 50 million people worldwide within 18 months. To open UVA’s centennial commemoration of the 1918 pandemic, historian Carol Byerly highlights the U.S. Army’s experience with influenza at home and abroad in the context of the historic relation between disease and war. What can we learn from 1918 even as we anticipate and fear future pandemics?
A History of the Health Sciences Lecture
Co-presented with the Bjoring Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry, School of Nursing; Historical Collections in the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library; and Influenza! 1918-2018