Past Events

  • Overture To A Thursday Morning: Grief, Identity & Coming of Age Through Parental Loss

    Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 5:15pm
    Kali Quinn, performance artist, violinist and educator

    Please join us for the second of two shows by Kāli Quinn, performance artist, violinist and educator.

    The second show is: OVERTURE TO A THURSDAY MORNING: Grief, Identity & Coming of Age Through Parental Loss
    When rock-star wannnabe Lila inherits all of her mother's things upon her mother’s death, she discovers the astonishing truth about her own birth in an infant home for "unwed" mothers. This performance is a suspenseful and inspiring journey that questions the will to go on and who to take with you.

  • Vamping: Aging, Memory Loss & End-of-Life Ethics

    Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 5:15pm
    Kali Quinn, performance artist, violinist and educator

    Please join us for two upcoming shows by Kāli Quinn, performance artist, violinist and educator.

    The first show is:
    VAMPING: Aging, Memory Loss, & End-of-Life Ethics
    Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 5:15pm
    Great Hall, Trent Semans Center, Duke Medical Center

    Eleanor sits in a nursing care facility longing for her home of sixty-three years. As she moves through medical testing and care for Alzheimer's Disease, she attempts to make sense of fractured memories, reckon with her regret, and somehow begin to face her imminent death.

  • Lecture by Pulitzer Prize Winning Author Paul Starr

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    Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 5:45pm
    • Endowed Lectureships
    Paul Starr, PhD, Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, Stuart Professor of Communications and Public Affairs, Princeton University

    Since the early 1980s, two great cycles of change have unfolded in health care-each one set off by rising costs and punctuated by national political conflict. The next phase is taking shape now.

    See recording of Paul Starr's lecture.

  • Mental Illness, Treatment Futility, and Compassionate Care: The Case of Anorexia Nervosa

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    Friday, March 9, 2018 - 8:00am to Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 3:00pm

    The focus of this conference is severe and enduring anorexia nervosa. Given that the odds of recovery become lower with the passage of time and that patients with anorexia nervosa genuinely suffer, might it make sense at some point to transition from a focus on cure to a focus on quality of life? Might it make sense in such cases to honor a patient’s desire to avoid hospitalization and/or forced feeding? If so, what else should we provide? If we are to offer compassionate care for this patient population, we must carefully reflect on these questions.

    For more information, see conference website.

  • An Evening with Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II

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    Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

    Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II is the president of Repairers of the Breach and co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival which is a multi-state movement fighting to end systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, environmental destruction, and other injustices. Repairers of the Breach is a not-for-profit organization that seeks to build a moral agenda rooted in a framework that uplifts our deepest moral and constitutional values to redeem the heart and soul of our country.

    See recording of Rev. Barber's talk.

  • Head Trauma in Football: Implications for Medicine, Law & Policy

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    Friday, February 16, 2018 - 6:15pm to Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 6:00pm

    Friday, February 16, 2018
    The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
    6:15-8:45 pm

    Screening of the documentary Requiem for a Running Back and a conversation with the filmmaker Rebecca Carpenter

    Saturday, February 17, 2018
    Duke Law

  • Should We Be Resuscitating 22 Weekers?

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    Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
    • Topics in Medical Ethics Lecture Series
    John Lantos, MD, Director, Children’s Mercy Bioethics Center, Children’s Mercy Hospital; Professor of Pediatrics, University of Missouri at Kansas City

    Until very recently, almost all babies born at 22 weeks of gestation died.  That is starting to change.  A number of recent studies show 30-50% survival with outcomes among survivors that are similar to outcomes for babies born at 23 and 24 weeks of gestation.  However, most tertiary care centers, with support of bioethicists, still withhold active treatment from most babies born at 22 weeks. Is there any other situation in medicine in which doctors discover a remarkable new treatment for a previously fatal disease and other doctors show no interest in studying it or disseminating it?  And bioethicists support them?

    See video recording.

  • African Americans in Civil War Medicine

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    Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    • Humanities in Medicine Lecture
    Margaret Humphreys, MD PhD, Josiah Charles Trent Professor in the History of Medicine, Professor of History and Medicine, Duke University addition to liberation of America's slaves, the Civil War also promoted the professional development of African American physicians and nurses in surprising ways.  This talk highlights the career of Dr. J.D. Harris, an African American born free in Fayetteville, NC, who served as a surgeon during the war.

    See video recording.

  • Narrative Medicine Interest Group

    Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
    The Narrative Medicine Interest Group for medical students will meet on Thursday, December 7 in the Trent Center conference room, 108 Seeley Mudd Building.


    Medical students meet with faculty facilitators Karen Jooste, MD, Jennifer Lawson, MD, and Brian Quaranta, MD and a team of students led by Alexis Wilsey, to read and discuss selected texts that reflect on the experience of illness. Narrative medicine engages attention to story in order...