Mark Darby has been a nurse for almost 40 years and is certified in Family and Mental Health as a nurse practitioner. He is the co-leader of the College of Nursing’s Creative Writing Project at UNMC and has been editor of the Journal of Nurse Jocularity for the past eight years. Darby self-published Pharaoh's Midwives to answer the question: Are the Hebrew midwives in Exodus 1:15 - 21, named Shipporah and Puah, Hebrew or Egyptian, and why does that make a difference in the context of the racial tensions of society today?
Anece F. McCloud
Anece F. McCloud presented an author talk in support of her book "Seeking Personal Validation: The Life and Times of an African American, Female, Academic."
McCloud served as the first director of minority affairs at UNMC. She also held the position of associate dean of students for minority affairs at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. She spoke on elements of history, sociology, and psychology, as well as describing the effect that being involved in a newly developing role in academia had on her and others.
From the book’s synopsis: “Entering the academic profession, being appointed the first director of Minority Student Affairs at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and later the first Black, female administrator at Washington and Lee University stabilized my feelings of high self-esteem. The positions also gave me the privilege of working with individuals whom society considered subordinate humans. That was how I had defined myself. Being an academic enhanced my understanding of human relationships, society, and myself.”
Loren A. Olson
Loren A. Olson, MD spoke in support of his book No More Neckties: A Memoir in Essays. Dr. Olson discussed life in Nebraska in the 1950-60s and how that delayed his coming to terms with his sexuality. He will discuss how family, religion, and culture continue to create a predicament for those who question their sexuality.
Lobotomies. Bloodletting. Leeches. Arsenic. The usage of dubiously helpful and occasionally harmful treatments have been a mainstay of medical care since the beginning of recorded history. In many cases, these were done with the hope of a true cure, but often they were done in the guise of beneficence in order to financially benefit the so-called "snake-oil salesman." In this installment of the McGoogan Library Speaker Series, UNMC's Lydia Kang, MD, assistant professor of internal medicine, discusses the historical breadth of how medical treatments -- both well-intentioned and not -- have evolved over time, and why they are still so stubbornly alive today.
Sasha K. Shillcutt
Dr. Shillcutt is a tenured and endowed professor and the Vice Chair of Strategy in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). She is CEO and founder of Brave Enough, a well-published researcher in both cardiac anesthesiology and gender equity, an author, and an international speaker. Dr. Shillcutt’s greatest passion is empowering and encouraging others to achieve wellbeing in their professional and personal lives. She speaks frequently to executives and leaders on the topics of professional resilience and gender equity. Her TEDx talk titled Resilience: The Art of Failing Forward has been viewed by thousands of people. Her writing has been published in both the New England Journal of Medicine and JAMA. She leads conferences and retreats for professional women through her organization, Brave Enough. Her first book, Between Grit and Grace: How to be Feminine and Formidable, was released in February 2020.
Donny W. Suh
Drawing from stories in his autobiography, "Catching A Star: My Story of Hope," Dr. Suh will share his journey of struggle, adaptation and accomplishment, as well as the hope he gains by interacting with patients and participating in medical missions around the world.
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