Lecture & Reading Schedule

 Lecture Schedule and Reading Assignments

Week Date  



Weeks 1-5: The Medical Body  The module on the medical body focuses on the “screening of the body” from early dissection to modern-day medical imaging. This section begins with the intersection between art and science in the Renaissance period, when scientists and artists worked simultaneously to better understand the body through the study of anatomy. Other topics within this module will include an investigation of the 19th-century application of the new medium of photography to the medical sciences. The module will end with an investigation devoted to medical imaging as modern practice becomes increasingly reliant on images of the body produced via CT scans, MRIs, sonograms, and other models of digital scanning. 
1 9/1 Introduction: What is Visual Culture? What is the Visual Culture of Medicine?  Nicholas Mirzoeff, “What is Visual Culture?”
2 9/8 Examining the Body  Martin Kemp, “Medicine in View: Art and Visual Representation”Introduction, Boccaccio, The Decameron (http://legacy.fordham.edu/halsall/source/boccacio2.asp)


3 9/25 FRIDAY RUNNING ON A TUESDAY SCHEDULEIntersections between Art and Anatomy


BBC Beauty and Anatomy episode I “Galen and Leonardo”TBA


4 9/29 The Impact of Photography on Medical Knowledge  Required: Marita Sturken and Lisa Cartwright, “Scientific Looking, Looking at Science” in Practices of LookingRecommended: Brian Wallis, “Black Bodies, White Science: Louis Agassiz’s Slave Daguerreotypes”
5 10/6 Digital Imaging and BioTech Frontiers  Todkill, “The Art of Self Examination”,
TED Talk: Virgil Wong and the Medical Avatar
Fred Ritchin, “Of Synthesis and Cyborgs”
Weeks 6-10: Disease and Illness  This module investigates the role of images in disease and illness and emphasizes the representation of epidemics from the late middle ages until now. Issues to be considered may include the impact of the Black Death. The twentieth century part of the unit will include an examination of Jonas Salk’s development of the vaccine for polio and the heroic portrayal of medical doctors in pictorial magazines such as Life. The module ends with a careful study of the depiction of AIDS in fine art, popular imagery, the news media, and activism.
6 10/13 Medical Mapping and Epidemiology  http://blogs.plos.org/publichealth/2013/03/11/john-snow-the-first-epidemiologist/Broad Street Pump Outbreak: http://www.ph.ucla.edu/epi/snow/broadstreetpump.html


7 10/20 Remembered, Recovered and Invented History  Steven Johnson’s TEDTalk “How the ‘ghost map’ helped end a killer disease.” 
8 10/27 How are Medical Providers presented, Heroes or Villains  TBA
9 11/3 STDs, HIV and the AIDS Epidemic TBA
10 11/10 Forensics Peter Paul Brio, Forensics and Microscopy in Authenticating Works of Art
Corey Kilgannon, “Through Art and Forensics, Faces of Unidentified Victims Emerge”, http://tinyurl.com/ofwlj3k
Weeks 11-15: Treatment and Healing  The third module covers visual imagery associated with treatment and healing from the middle ages to today’s multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical advertising industry that strives to present drugs in a positive light. This module is divided into two sections that are devoted to places of treatment (such as clinics, hospitals, and asylums) and on treatment methods. Students will examine concepts of harm reduction and alternative therapies. 
11 11/17 Dealing with Health Challenges Through Art Lelchuk Staricoff, R. (2004). Arts in health: a review of the medical literature. London: Art Council England. Retrieved from http://www.artscouncil.org.uk
Rockwood Lane, M., & Samuels, M. Stuckey, H.L., & Nobel, J. (2010, February). The connection between art, healing, and public health: A review of current literature. American Journal of Public Health, 100(2), 254-263. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2008.156497.
12 11/24 Places of Healing: From Monasteries to Asylums to Community The Real Story Behind ‘The Soloist.’ www.npr.org 

Excerpts from Movies and Books:

The Soloist, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Wasted, Girl Interrupted, Prozac Nation, I’ve Never Promised You a Rose Garden, A Beautiful Mind


13 12/1 Creative Expression as a Means of Enhancing Health and Wellness Van Cleve Speer. (2012). Things of the Spirit: Art and Healing in the American Body Politic, 1929-1941. Oxford England: Peter Lang International Academic Publishers.
14 12/8 The Culture of Healing Wainwright, S.P. (2005, December). “Culture and aging: Reflections on the arts and nursing.” Journal of Advanced Nursing, 52 (5), 518-525.
15 12/15 Creating a Healing Environment: Webs of Causality Samuels, M., & Rockwood Lane. (2013). Healing with the Arts: A 12-Week Program to Heal Yourself and Your Community. Altria Books/Beyond Words.


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