2018 Research Forum: Public Humanities and Health Justice


Library and Gallery, Albin O. Kuhn : 7th Floor

Date & Time

May 18, 2018, 8:30 am2:00 pm


RSVPs required - please RSVP at this link

This is the 2018 iteration of the annual UMBC Research Forum series, which brings together researchers and scientists from across the UMBC community and external partners to establish and grow meaningful collaborations around common research themes.

Sponsored by the Dresher Center and the Office of the Vice President for Research, this Research Forum aims to increase collaborations between researchers from different campus units who are doing work related to public humanities and health justice.

Prior Research Forums have focused on such topics as "Social Sciences and Human Health;" "High-Performance Computing;" "Climate Change and the Environment;" "Seeing Science: Photography, Science and Visual Culture," and "Re-Imagining Aging Research."

We encourage you to actively participate in this event, learn from the keynote presentation, contribute to the panel discussions, and meet new colleagues during the poster sessions.

Keynote Speaker
Graham Mooney, Associate Professor, Institute of the History of Medicine, The Johns Hopkins University
Dr. Mooney's research interests are in the history of public health in nineteenth and twentieth century Europe and North America. His first book, Intrusive Interventions: Public Health, Domestic Space, and Infectious Disease Surveillance in England 1840-1914, examined the history of infectious disease reporting, institutional and domestic isolation, disinfection, and contact tracing, through the lenses of radical liberalism and citizenship.

He is currently writing two books. Spatial Histories of Modern Medicine: Using Space and Place to Understand the Past, which is under contract to Cambridge University Press, examines mundane and extraordinary spaces, including homes, streets, ambulances, waiting rooms, and emergency rooms to reveal how the characteristics of space and place influence healing practices, and how the practice of medicine produces particular kinds of place and space. Harm City? Health and Injustice in Urban America focuses on the city of post-world War 2 Baltimore to explore the fracturing of public health systems and policy in neo-liberalising American cities.

Featured Speakers
Lawrence Brown, Assistant Professor, School of Community Health and Policy, Morgan State University
Dr. Brown's scholarly work focuses on the impact of historical trauma on community health, including racial segregation, forced residential displacement, and economic disinvestment. He also leads #BmoreLEADfree, a student-driven effort to help call for a state of emergency regarding lead poisoning in Baltimore. He is completing a book titled The Black Butterfly: Why We Must Make Black Neighborhoods Matter. He is also an activist for equitable redevelopment in Baltimore communities

Kristen Slesar, L.C.S.W., Narrative Medicine Program, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University
Kristen Slesar is a trauma-focused psychotherapist and the project director of the Bronx Child Trauma Support Program in the Bronx District Attorney’s Office. She is an associate faculty member of the Program in Narrative Medicine at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, where she lectures on vicarious trauma and working with victims of violence to medical providers and students; facilitates Narrative Medicine workshops; and teaches an annual interdisciplinary course on Health Care Justice and Care for the Underserved at Columbia University.

8:30 amSign-in and Breakfast
8:50 amWelcome

– Karl Steiner, Vice President for Research
– Scott Casper, Dean, College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
– Freeman Hrabowski, President, UMBC, will offer observations during the morning
9:00 amKeynote: “Primary Care in a Hypersegregating City: Health, Justice, and the 1948 Baltimore Medical Care Plan”

– Graham Mooney, Associate Professor, Institute of the History of Medicine, The Johns Hopkins University
10:10 amCoffee Break and Exhibits
10:20 amPanel - “Listening as Public Practice: Towards Equity and Justice”
 Moderator – Scott Casper, CAHSS
 Featured speaker – Kristen Slesar, L.C.S.W., Narrative Medicine Program at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University
– Shawn Bediako, Associate Professor, Psychology
– Drew Holladay, Assistant Professor, English
– Amy Hurst, Associate Professor, Information Systems
– Denise Meringolo, Associate Professor, History
11:35 amCoffee Break and Exhibits
11:45 amPanel - “Communication, the Urban Environment, and Health Justice”

Moderator – Jessica Berman, Director, Dresher Center for the Humanities
 Featured speaker – Lawrence Brown, Assistant Professor, School of Community Health and Policy, Morgan State University
– Dena Aufseeser, Assistant Professor, Geography and Environmental Systems
– Katherine Bankole-Medina, Professor, History, Coppin State University
– Dawn Biehler, Associate Professor, Geography and Environmental Systems
– Jennifer Maher, Associate Professor, English
1:00 pmBuffet Luncheon and Poster Session
2:00 pmResearch Forum Concludes

RSVPs required - please RSVP at this link