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We work all year round to bring scholars and esteemed guest lecturers from all over the world to IUPUI for our MHHS seminar series and other events. These events add to the rich academic culture of our university, and offer unique opportunities to the students and faculty of IUPUI, as well as the general public of Indiana. To show your support for these programs, please click the "Give Now" button on the left sidebar. Every donation counts, and it all goes towards keeping the spirit of learning alive in our wonderful community. Thank you!


Check out our upcoming events at #Lectures.

JANUARY 30th, 2015: DR. KENZIE LATHAM, PH.D Assistant Professor of Sociology at IUPUI.

Presenting "Taking a Turn for the Better: Does Recovery from Self-Reported Walking Difficulty Improve Disability and Mortality Outcomes?"


Unless otherwise noted, all MHHS Seminar events are free and open to the public.

**To view the recording of the "Cadaver, Speak" performance, view it at #multimedia.

Health Careers: Why Liberal Arts?


SAVE THE DATE: Wednesday, February 25th, 2015.  10:30 AM - 2:30 PM. in the Campus Center, CE 409.

The event will feature a keynote speaker (to be announced) who will present on a topic relating to health careers. There will also be a guest panel discussion on topics of healthcare careers and the benifits of a Liberal Arts background, as well as an opportunity to meet with representatives from various employers and other groups that offer career information and opportunities to students seeking careers in healthcare. 




MHHS Graduate Student, Janet Panoch, wins CTSI Award

Research: Teaching teens to talk to their doctor is goal of CTSI poster award winner 

Janet Panoch will use funds from her CTSI poster award to advance a project that aims to integrate health care communications curriculum into local high schools. READ MORE


Congratulations, Janet! 

Interested in History?

Learn more about the history of  the Indiana University School of Medicine with "The ‘Indiana Plan’ for Expanding Medical Education Statewide, 1944-1994." by Kevin T. Grau.

This seminar is brought to you by the Medical Student ‘History of Medicine’ Organization, as well as the John Shaw Billings Medical History Society at IUPUI.

For more info: #Lectures

 "Cadaver, Speak: Poems from the Dissection Lab" by Marianne Boruch


Students from the IU School of Medicine and the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI will put on a reader’s theatre performance of Marianne Boruch’s title poem "Cadaver, Speak" from her latest collection, under the poet’s direction. This program will inspire the campus and community to contemplate the complexities of how our bodies function throughout the life cycle. Boruch’s poem, situated in a human anatomy lab, is spoken by a 99-year-old woman who has given her body to science. With humor and candor, the intrepid narrator revisits different episodes of her life, as her organs and limbs undergo dissection.

"Cadaver, Speak: Poems from the Dissection Lab" is written by Marianne Boruch, a professor of English at Purdue University.



MHHS and Related Courses: Spring 2015

Click HERE for the latest listing of MHHS and Related Courses for the 2015 Spring Semester!

For a complete listing of available courses, please consult the Registrar’s website, located here


"How to Survive a Plague"

Sponsored by the School of Science Diversity Council

This 2012 David France film uses footage from the 1980s and 1990s to illustrate how groups worked to change AIDS from a death sentence to a survivable disease.

How to Survive a Plague
Weds, Sept. 24
5:30 p.m. (refreshments served at 5:30 followed by the film)
discussion with Dr. Emily Beckman (medical humanities)
UL 1126



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Medical Humanities & Health Studies Program
425 University Blvd., CA 141
Indianapolis, IN 46202
(Ph) 317.278.1669
(Fax) 317.278.2525