APRIL CONFERENCE: Arts and Global Health: Art, Memory, and Testimony in the Aftermath of Trauma
Arts and Global Health: Art, Memory and Testimony in the Aftermath of Trauma
5th annual Arts in Healthcare Conference at Lesley University
April 11-12, 2014 - 10 LMHC CEUs available
How might the arts facilitate an awareness, expression and processing of powerful feelings such as fear, anger, and grief and help communities heal and advocate for their needs in the aftermath of trauma?
In light of atrocities such as genocide, war, school shootings, acts of terror, and community and gun violence, the arts are powerful “containers” in that they can be used to create symbolic metaphors that hold and ultimately transform painful experiences. Additionally, visual art, dance, movement, drama, writing, and music can be used to identify the complexity of difficult experiences and open up a multiplicity of perspectives —expressing feelings, bearing witness, testifying and remembering—which together uncover new meanings and raise further questions at the individual and communal level.
This conference, open to all clinicians, educators, artists, activists, students, clergy and community leaders, offers several perspectives and approaches to dealing with violence through the arts. Participants will learn strategies from experts in the field who have used the arts to help address issues of conflict in their professional practices and communities, and will gain an understanding for the implementation of these strategies through experiential engagement in arts processes.
To register for this conference, please contact Beth Chambers at 617.349.8833 or email@example.com.
Early-Bird Registration (received on or before March 21)
General Public: $195 (single day $125)
Lesley Alumni, Faculty and Sponsors: $165 (single day $95)
Students: $50 (single day $30)
Late Registration (received after March 21)
General Public: $225 (single day $140)
Lesley Alumni, Faculty and Sponsors: $180 (single day $110)
Students: $60 (single day $35)
Friday 9:00am - 3:30pm: Voices of Memory, Voices of Testimony
Dr. Karen Frostig, President and Artistic Director of The Vienna Project, is an interdisciplinary artist, author, educator and cultural historian. She will present her work as an international activist who deals with traumatic memory, inherited erasures, and new forms of testimony.
Dr. Lawrence Langer, Professor of English Emeritus at Simmons College, is the foremost scholar of the Holocaust in the field of literature and testimony. )
Dr. Anna Ornstein, Emerita Professor of Child Psychiatry at the University of Cincinnati, specializes in the interpretive process in psychoanalysis, psychoanalytic psychotherapy, child psychotherapy and the process of recovery following the survival of extreme conditions. Anna is author of the book My Mother’s Eyes, a collection of stories about her camp experiences.
Dr. Shanee Stepakoff is a psychologist, registered poetry therapist and published poet. She has a particular interest in the healing power of the visual, performing, and literary arts in the aftermath of trauma. Her work as a clinician has taken her across many continents and cultures. Her background includes postdoctoral training in ethnopolitical conflict, trauma studies, and child development.
Friday evening 4:00-6:00pm: Images of Memory, Images of Testimony
An art exhibit and reception featuring artists’ work from Violence Transformed, an annual series of visual and performing arts events that celebrate the power of art, artists and art-making to confront, challenge and mediate violence.
Dr. Olivia Cheever, Ed.D, is adjunct faculty in Lesley University’s Expressive Therapy Division and Interdisciplinary Studies Division, and is also faculty in the Mind/Body Program at Longy School of Music of Bard College. Olivia is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais® Somatic Educator and Bones for Life® Trainer as well as a certified Somatic Leadership Coach in Leadership Embodiment of Wendy Palmer.
Elizabeth Valentine, LMT, is a Somatic Hands On Practitioner, Teacher, Movement Therapist and Leadership Coach of 30 years, with businesses in West Concord and Cambridge, MA. She also creates programs based on Embodiment and Mindfulness for teens and families in both private and public schools. Elizabeth is also a certified Aston Movement Therapist and a certified Somatic Leadership Coach in Leadership Embodiment of Wendy Palmer.
Dr. Angelica Pinna-Perez has worked as a creative arts therapist and psychotherapist, practicing community based mental health counseling since 2003. She has worked clinically in the US and abroad with a passion for cross cultural work and international outreach. She is devoted to the integration of the arts in contributing to healing for individuals, families and communities. Her scholarly interests are in the application of expressive arts in the service of bringing healing to those who have experienced trauma and oppression.
Dr. Nisha Sajnani, PhD, RDT-BCT is the coordinator of the Drama Therapy program and faculty in the Expressive Therapies PhD program at Lesley University. She is also visiting faculty at New York University in the Harvard Program for Refugee Trauma. Dr. Sajnani is the editor of Drama Therapy Review, the journal of the North American Drama Therapy Association (NADTA). Her research interests intersect trauma studies, critical race studies, performance, and social memory. Her most recent book is entitled Trauma-informed Drama Therapy: Transforming Clinics, Classrooms, and Communities (co-edited with David R. Johnson, 2014, Charles C. Thomas).
Lesley University Diversity Council meetings are open to all faculty and staff of the Lesley community and we invite you to join us. Community emails from LUDC will announce meeting locations and include agendas.
Spring 2014 – SAVE THE DATES
March 18 LUDC Monthly Meeting (10:30 – 12:00PM), Location TBA
March TBA Spring lecture
April 15 LUDC Monthly Meeting (10:30 – 12:00PM), Location TBA
April 24 Culture Fest – Portuguese-Speaking
May 21 LUDC Retreat, (8:30AM – 1PM), Alumni Hall
If you have any comments or ideas you wish to share with the council, please feel free to email the steering committee at DiversityCouncilS@lesley.edu.
March 20: LU presents film "Moolaadé" in celebration of Women's History Month
Film description: Four young girls flee their village because fear of female circumcision. They seek refuge with a woman who has previously protected her daughter from the ordeal. This is a film of politics and anger, but also a film of beauty, humor, and deep affection for human nature.
Thursday March 20 - 5.30pm - UHall Amphitheatre 2-150
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Lesley Long Term Care Insurance Program Enrollment Period Ends
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It’s difficult to imagine a world without antibiotics. They cure diseases that killed our forebears in droves, and enable any number of medical procedures and treatments that we now take for granted. Yet in 1945, while accepting a Nobel Prize for discovering penicillin, Alexander Fleming warned of a future in which antibiotics had been used with abandon and bacteria had grown resistant to them. Today, this future is imminent. Speaking to reporters last fall, Tom Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sounded a similar alarm: “If we’re not careful, we will soon be in a post-antibiotic era. In fact, for some patients and some microbes, we are already there.”
Exhilarated, exhausted, emotionally spent, I made my turn home for the final .2 miles down Boylston. I was so happy to wave at my family, with tears starting to well up in my eyes, barely seeing them in the haze of just wanting to finish my…
New research from Brookings Economic Studies scholar Melissa Kearney examines an age-old question: can we change teen behavior? The answer: yes, through television.
Using data from Google Trends, Twitter, and more, Kearney and Wellesley College’s Phillip B. Levine examine the impact of MTV’s 16 and Pregnant on teen viewers. The study’s results suggest that more than 1/3 of the reduction in teen births that occurred in the 18 months after the show’s introduction can be attributed to its airing.
Learn more by watching the video or digging into the paper yourself:
Lesley Bike Share Survey - please take this quick survey (whether you bike often or not)
As biking and bike-sharing become increasingly popular on Lesley’s four campuses, the Campus Planning and Sustainability offices would like your help evaluating the Lesley Bike Share and Hubway services. In anticipation of spring approaching, we’re hoping all faculty, staff, and students will take the short survey on biking.
You can now start registering your National Women’s Health Week event or activity using a new process — Meetup Everywhere. The Office on Women’s Health and Meetup are making it easy for anyone to organize and participate in National Women’s Health Week events and promote women’s health.
Get started today! Visit our website to learn more about National Women’s Health Week and National Women’s Health Week Meetups.
EVENT: The Future of the Past: Meditations of the Role of Memory in the Aftermath of Atrocity
The Future of the Past: Meditations of the Role of Memory in the Aftermath of Atrocity
Sponsored by Violence Transformed, project eXodus, and the Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences at Lesley University (Peace and Conflict Program, Expressive Therapies Program and Institute for Arts and Health)
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Lesley University, University Hall 2-150, Porter Campus
BE BRAVE: 2nd Annual Gender & Sexual Violence Awareness Week at LU Feb14 thru Feb21
BE BRAVE: 2nd Annual Gender & Sexual Violence Awareness Week at Lesley University
FEBRUARY 14 – 21 2014
FRIDAY FEB 14
ONE BILLION RISING FOR JUSTICE DANCE PARTY with URBANITY DANCE
LOCATION: 280 Shawmut Ave, Boston, 02118
6:00PM – 7:00PM – DANCE YOGA FUSION
7:30PM – 8:30PM – URBANITY RISING DANCE PARTY
ADMISSION: FREE to the public – Donations for ROSIE’S PLACE welcomed
Come dance for change with us this Valentine’s Day! All proceeds we raise will directly benefit Rosie’s Place, a sanctuary for poor and homeless women in the Boston area. The Dance Yoga Fusion is the celebration of movement and life. Get your groove on and your heart pumping with instructor Kate Ventimiglia at Urbanity this Valentine’s Day! The Urbanity Rising Dance Party calls on all dancers, musicians and open-minded people to come celebrate the power of dance as we raise awareness about violence against women. Stop by our open house style event complete with live music and sweet treats. Bring friends and we’ll dance for change.
PERFORMANCE OF EVE ENSLER’S ‘THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES’
LOCATION: 34 Mellen St, Cambridge, Marran Theater on Doble Campus at LU
ADMISSION: FREE to the public - Donations welcomed
The Vagina Monologues are a collection of episodic plays that were written and based off of interviews conducted by Eve Ensler, the founder of the V-DAY foundation. The Vagina Monologues deals with several different aspects of the feminine experience. This year an amazing group of Lesley University students are performing the show with the hopes to spread awareness for the many issues the show deals with. This performance series is sponsored by the Lesley University Third-Wave Feminist Club.
‘THE FUTURE OF THE PAST: MEDITATIONS ON THE ROLE OF MEMORY IN THE AFTERMATH OF ATROCITY’
LOCATION: 1815 Mass Ave, Cambridge, UHall Amphitheater 2-150, Porter Campus at LU
6:30PM – 8:00PM RSVP encouraged
Post-symposium reception 8:15PM – 9:15PM
Lesley University’s Peace and Conflict Studies Program and Violence Transformed present this speaker series which include a Story of Intergenerational Healing (The Lowenstein Family & Gabriele Thimm), The Vienne Project (Karen Frostig), A Holocaust Documentary (Matthew Nash) and commentary by artists Elliot.
LOCATION: 34 Mellen St, Cambridge, Marran Theater on Doble Campus at LU
SCREENING TIMES: 5:30PM AND 7:00PM
ADMISSION: FREE to the public
Girl Rising is a groundbreaking feature film about the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to transform societies. The film presents the remarkable stories of nine girls around the world, told by celebrated writers and voiced by renowned actors. This film uses powerful storytelling to deliver a simple, critical truth: Educate Girls and you will Change the World.
Place: The NEW Mindfulness Room, 3 Phillips Place, Brattle Campus, first floor, Cambridge
Come as you are and as often as you like. Walk-ins welcome! Please RSVP for each session to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You will reach a point where the heart tells itself what to do…. Try to be mindful, and let things take their natural course. Then your mind will become still in any surroundings, like a clear forest pool. All kinds of wonderful, rare animals will come to drink at the pool, and you will clearly see the nature of all things. You will see many strange and wonderful things come and go, but you will be still.
“In order to break even on the cost of roads and pay for every driver who uses them each year, we would need 54% of commuters using a bicycle as their sole means of transportation.”—Elly Blue, “Car-Free Cyclists Give Back to the Road.” (via utnereader)
American culture places a premium on the ability to speak confidently before a crowd. Career counselors will tell you it’s a sure path to professional success. Compelling speakers can achieve positions of power and wealth.
"Think of it like a planned conversation. You know where the conversation’s going…but you’re loose enough in the moment to make it up a little bit as you go along. You want to have 80 percent of it prepared and allow 20 percent to be spontaneous.”
Here are some chosen excerpts from consumerist.com’s article on “supermarket secrets.” (Read the full post):
Reader’s Digest went all out with its 50 Supermarket Tricks You Still Fall For. Some of those aren’t so much tricks as valuable insight the average shopper can use to better navigate those daunting aisles.
1. Shopping carts are getting bigger so you’ll put more in them: “We doubled their size as a test, and customers bought 19% more,” explained Martin Lindstrom, marketing consultant and author of Brandwashed: Tricks Companies Use to Manipulate Our Minds and Persuade Us to Buy.
4. Wear headphones and listen to upbeat music while you shop: Many stores plant earworms by way of slow music, slower than the average heartbeat. That lulls you into spending more time at the store, which then leads to spending about 29% more, Lindstrom says.
8. Sure, that mist on your fruits and vegetables looks nice: But really it can make them rot faster, Lindstrom says. Also make sure you shake off your leafy greens before you get to the checkout — the mist can add to an item’s weight.
9. Ask and ye shall receive: “The butcher will tenderize meat for you, the baker will slice a loaf of bread, and the florist will usually give you free greenery to go with your loose flowers,” says Teri Gault, grocery savings expert and CEO of thegrocerygame.com. “At some stores owned by Kroger, the seafood department worker will even coat your fish in flour or Cajun seasoning and fry it up for free.”
10. If something is about to expire the next day, ask about getting a discount early: If you see something in the bakery or meat department that’s probably going to get marked down tomorrow, say “Hey, this is expiring tomorrow. Are you going to mark it down?” Sometimes they’ll do it for you right then. They’ll have to sell it later anyway, so you’re helping them out, says Gault.
13. There’s a reason that bread is in a brown paper bag: The faster the bread goes stale, the sooner you’ll be back at the store to buy more, a former worker says. Put loaves in airtight plastic bags as soon as you get home.
15. USDA quality grade means more than the cut’s name: Angus? So what — that’s no guarantee it’ll be a good steak, says Kari Underly, former grocery store meat cutter and author of The Art of Beef Cutting: A Meat Professional’s Guide to Butchering and Merchandising. “Prime is the best, then choice (usually the highest grade available in grocery stores), followed by select, and finally standard.”
16. You aren’t that apple’s first customer: Shoppers are constantly picking up produce, dropping it, and putting it back, explains another former grocery worker, so beware. “I’ve seen kids take a bite and put the item back. It took me a long time to start eating fresh fruits and vegetables again after working in a store,” she says.
17. The carts never get cleaned: Babies will do their business on carts, chicken juice will leak and who knows if anyone cleaned up after that? If you’re worried about germs, give carts a quick swipe with sanitizing wipes.
For 33 other tips and tricks, check out the Reader’s Digest complete roundup in the source link below.
From LU HR: “If you have not received a flu shot yet it is highly recommended you do. You can get them from your primary care provider or at CVS, Rite Aid and Inman pharmacies. Anyone who has been out more than three days (flu-like symptoms) needs to be reported to Human Resources.”
Take time to get a flu vaccine.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses.
Vaccination of high risk persons is especially important to decrease their risk of severe flu illness. High risk includes young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease and people 65 years and older.
Children younger than 6 months are at high risk of serious flu illness, but are too young to be vaccinated. People who care for them should be vaccinated instead.
Take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs.
Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol based hand wash.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU HAVE THE FLU?
___Yes ___No Do you have a cough?
___Yes ___No Do you have a sore throat?
___Yes ___No Do you have a headache, body aches o chills?
___Yes ___No Do you have a fever of 100 °F or more?
If you checked yes to FEVER of 100 °F or more And Cough and/or Sore Throat you have an influenza-like illness.
IMPORTANT CDC REPORTING INFORMATION
If you are an employee or faculty member, please notify your immediate supervisor of your illness. If you are absent more than 3 days, please ask your supervisor or staff member to notify HR giving your name, school and department /division. Stay home until your fever has been gone for at least 24 hours except to get medical care or other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without fever reducing medicine.)
WHEN TO SEEK EMERGENCY CARE
Emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:
Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
Severe or persistent vomiting
Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough.
For further information on staying healthy and safe this flu season follow the CDC* links
Some of the saddest cases I’ve seen in my career are patients with sudden catastrophic illness or trauma for whom their families are expected to make health-care decisions — and the families don’t know what the unconscious/critically-ill patient would want. Families are torn apart, arguing over whether to continue all life-prolonging interventions, vs focusing on keeping the patient comfortable.
You may think you’re too young and healthy to need an Advance Directive, but massive trauma or overwhelming infection can happen to anyone. Do your family a favor and check out this website, which provides the simplest End of Life Wishes discussion guide I’ve ever seen, and includes links for creating an Advance Directive. Use it, and pass it on!
As another year begins, take a few minutes to plan for the worst even as we all hope for the best!