Philosophy Program Presents
Friday, December 6, 2019
Medicine from Without and Within: A Talk by Ashley Oliver, MD
Olin, Room 102
Dr. Ashley Oliver, a medical resident and social justice advocate, will give a talk entitled “Medicine from Without and Within: A Series of Arguments about the Role of the Liberal Arts Education in Diversifying Modes of Analysis and Knowledge and in Advancing Social Justice.”
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
What is a “healing imperative”? Dr. Oliver will use her autobiography to trace an arc of striving for social justice in medicine. She will begin by describing the ways that medicine has been studied from without, as part of liberal arts curricula, and argue that institutions like Bard are well equipped to help students and their faculty open new frontiers to our understanding of what medicine is, as practiced, and to imagine what it could be. She will then consider a particularly alarming challenge to the health-care landscape coming from within: the rapidly growing integration of bioinformation collected from private companies into the traditional methods by which medicine predicts and even molds future behavior. Because of the drive to improve diagnosis and efficacy of treatment, including the prerogatives of “precision medicine,” we risk reinforcing or possibly even worsening inequities of power and health care domestically and internationally. Dr. Oliver will close with a plea for us to continue to nurture minds both within and without medicine in order to better analyze the complex landscape of the healing imperative.
For more information, call 646-321-1465, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org,
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Time: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: Olin, Room 102