Problems without Passports Info Session: Medellín, Colombia 2015

INFORMATION SESSION:  Tuesday, 9 December 2015, 1pm, THH 309J
http://dornsife.usc.edu/colombia-local-context-and-international-relations/

This Problems without Passports program takes intrepid students to Medellín, Colombia to experience the transformation that the city has undergone as the years of strife and conflict were resolved.  Students will study in the living urban laboratory that was named Innovative City of the Year in 2013.  The Wall Street Journal, Citi, and the Urban Land Institute chose Medellín, ahead of New York and Tel Aviv, based on its economy, urban development, culture, and livability as the most innovative city in the world.  The city, previously known for crime and drug trade, shines as a safe and innovative place to live, study, and do business.  It is a vibrant metropolis that is connected by a system of metros, aerial cable cars (metrocable), buses, taxis that make getting around easy and economical.

Medellín is situated in the Andes mountains and offers a temperate climate year-round that makes it “The City of Eternal Spring.”  It is home to the Escuela de Adminstración y Finanazas e Instituto Tecnológico (EAFIT) where the University of Southern California offers this unique summer program with the theme of Conflict and resolution.  We offer two courses that examine how Medellín resolved its social conflict and evolved into a community that celebrates its prominence as the second largest city and economy in Colombia.

Business, educational sectors, and the government have unified to physically unite the social strata of the city.  There are covered escalators to bring the poorest citizens from the outskirts of the city into the city center so that they may integrate themselves into the labor force and benefit from the burgeoning economy.  Business and government have collaborated to create cultural spaces, such as the Modern Art Museum and the Museum of Remembrance, that celebrate the arts and recall the conflict that transformed Medellín.

The universities of the city strive to be welcoming spaces that reflect the importance of education for all, shared social responsibility, and respect the environment in the process.  EAFIT leads the pack in this area.  The Medellín campus is in the city center, an American-style college campus filled with local flora and fauna, where future leaders study and socialize.

ZYGO Series—DOCTORS VS. PARENTS: Decision-making in Pediatrics

Friday, November 21, 2014, Doheny Memorial Library 241 | 12:30-1:30 PM | Lunch Provided
RSVP: http://bit.ly/1xqn0bu
More Information: http://dornsife.usc.edu/zygo-series

Making decisions for children in a medical context can be extremely stressful and complex. In some notable pediatric cases, parents have made decisions that go against the recommendations of doctors. Such cases have included denying treatment for cancer or refusing to allow their children to receive vaccinations. Furthermore, in the case that a child appears to be suffering from serious abuse or neglect, medical centers are now able to forcibly provide care by implementing Child Protective Services (CPS). However, this service has often been criticized for being used incorrectly and simply as a means for health care providers to avoid liabilities.

Panelists for this seminar will discuss how parents and doctors can best make decisions concerning the treatment children should receive. They will also consider how CPS can most appropriately be implemented in a medical setting, and if treatment should be forced if deemed medically necessary.

Moderator: Varun Awasthi, ZYGO Student Director

Panelists:
Janet Schneiderman
, Research Associate Professor, USC Social Work
Kenneth Geller, MD, Director of Dornsife Pre-Health Advisement, Associate Professor of Clinical Otolaryngology, USC Keck
Ankit Shah, MD, JD, Assistant Professor, USC Keck, Lecturer in Law, USC Gould, Attending Physician, LAC+USC Medical Center
Rima Basu, Ph.D. Candidate, Philosophy, USC Dornsife

Co-sponsored by the Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics and the Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH SCHOOL ETHICS BOWL 2014

Saturday, December 6, 2014 | USC University Park Campus 

The Levan Institute is​ looking for student volunteers and faculty moderators for the Southern California High School Ethics Bowl. The event will be held on USC’s University Park Campus. If interested, please contact Janet Kramer at usclevan@dornsife.usc.edu.

Learn More: http://dornsife.usc.edu/high-school-ethics-bowl
Hosted by the Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics​

Film Screening: “Northern Light” Levan Institute Cinema of Substance Series

Tuesday, November 11, 2014, The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108 | 7 PM 

RSVP:  http://bit.ly/1EhYFpv  ​

Winner, Most Innovative Feature, 2013 Visions Du Réel, Switzerland
Winner, Best Cinematography, 2013 New Orleans Film Festival, Louisiana

Set against the backdrop of a town’s annual snowmobile race, Northern Light interweaves captivating stories of recession-era America. The lives of three families change profoundly in the north woods of Michigan, where winters are unforgiving, jobs are hard to come by, and the line between living life and merely surviving is razor-thin.

“Cool in tone and temperature, Nick Bentgen’s Northern Light turns white vistas and blue language into a sneakily compelling, endlessly patient observation of three working-class families in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.”

—Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times

The Cinema of Substance Series showcases meaningful films from around the world that explore who we are and how we might be.

Co-sponsored by the Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics and the School of Cinematic Arts

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS: LEVAN-OXFORD SPRING 2015 WORKSHOP

Human Rights In and After Conflict | March 21 – March 27, 2015 | Oxford, UK

The Levan Institute partners with the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict annually to offer a workshop at the University of Oxford. Areas of study include human rights in and after conflict, humanitarian action, conflict trends, human rights law, and peacemaking with a focus on recent armed conflicts. The module is a healthy mix of seminars, working groups, and student presentations.

From Marissa Roy, Dornsife Philosophy, Politics and Law ’14 and Annenberg MA Public Diplomacy ’14
“I gained a much clearer idea of what humanitarian work looks like in the field and what challenges humanitarian workers face. I hope that, as a law student with political aspirations, this perspective will help me craft policies that keep in mind the realities of the field.”

More Information and To Apply: http://dornsife.usc.edu/levan-oxford-workshops
Deadline to Apply: Monday, December 1, 2014

Photos from the Levan-Oxford Spring 2014 Workshop: http://bit.ly/10N4nmv

Read about the Spring 2014 Levan-Oxford Workshop in USC Dornsife News “Humanitarian Spring”: http://bit.ly/118Vx3i​

Levan Coffeehouse Conversations on Practical Ethics—IS IT TIME TO ABOLISH THE DEATH PENALTY?

Wednesday, November 12, 2014, Ground Zero Cafe | Noon | Lunch Provided

RSVP:  http://bit.ly/1yn5wfr 

Recent reports of botched executions by lethal injection have reignited debate over the moral and legal defensibility of the death penalty.  As new DNA technologies lead to exoneration of increasing numbers of the condemned, discoveries in brain science alter our views of criminal responsibility, concern over discriminatory application increases, and execution methods are successively deemed unconstitutionally cruel, should the United States finally lay the death penalty to rest?

Program Director and Moderator:
Sharon Lloyd, Professor of Philosophy, Law, and Political Science

Panelists:
Michael Brennan, Clinical Professor of Law, USC Gould
Martin Levine, USC Vice Provost and Senior Advisor to the Provost
Dan Simon, Richard L. and Maria B. Crutcher Professor of Law and Psychology, USC Gould
Varun Soni, USC Dean of Religious Life
Ralph Wedgwood, Professor of Philosophy, USC Dornsife​

Levan Coffeehouse Conversations on Practical Ethics encourage faculty, staff, and students from every part of our USC community to talk about the ethical questions of the day.

“Medicine and the Image: The Visible Human” Fall 2014 Conference and Public Gallery Exhibit

Conference
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 | 8:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Doheny Memorial Library, Room 240

Students are welcome to join sessions in-between classes
CONFERENCE PROGRAM: http://bit.ly/1sZpJsV
RSVP: http://bit.ly/1wASjyA 

Public Gallery Exhibit
Monday, November 3 – Friday, November 7, 2014
Von KleinSmid Center Courtyard

From the anatomical drawings of Vesalius to contemporary MRI and CT scans, images create and popularize medical knowledge as well as influence diagnosis and treatment. This one-day conference will explore how the human body and its experiences of illness are imagined and made visible in medical research, practice, and education. How does representation, both visual and literary, construct and complicate facts about a medically knowable body? How does it also change our individual and societal perceptions of illness, disease, and health? In what ways do technological advances in imaging techniques, including virtual reality simulations, influence medical practices? How can the analysis and creation of art enrich medical education?

The conference aims to facilitate an interdisciplinary conversation by bringing together scholars from a variety of fields including Art, History, Literature, Communications, Anthropology, Medical Illustration, and Medicine. Events for the day will include research presentations on the relationship between medicine and images; a career roundtable for students interested in the health humanities; a keynote lecture on the use of entertainment applications at the intersection of behavioral science, medicine and public health; and a public gallery exhibit of medical images.

FEATURED SESSION
ROUNDTABLE ON CAREERS IN THE HEALTH HUMANITIES & ARTS | 1:30-3:00 PM
ChairOctavio Avila, Director of Student Special Services, USC Dornsife
Lise Patt, Director, Institute for Cultural Inquiry
Jamie Sweetman, Artist and Adjunct Faculty, USC Roski School of Design
Megan Rosenbloom, Associate Director, Collection Resources Division, Norris Medical Library, USC
Leslie Davis, Artist and Curator, “The Art of Stem Cells” exhibit, The Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (OCCCA) 

Organizing Sponsor: USC Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics
Co-Sponsors: USC Office of the Provost, Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study, Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, Dornsife Science and Health Program, Center for Feminist Research, Department of Comparative Literature, Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture Doctoral Program, Visual Studies Research Institute, and Keck School of Medicine’s Program in Medical Humanities, Arts, and Ethics