Body, Mind, and Health: Historical Perspectives for Future Professionals - Summer College Programs

Cornell University

  • June 25 2017

  • New dates coming soon

  • 11th - College senior

  • Yes


Historical Perspectives for Future Professionals / Cornell Summer College Programs for High School Students The information on this site pertains to the Summer College 2015 program. If you would like to be notified when 2016 information and applications are available, please join the Summer College announcement list. We also invite you to become a fan of our Summer College Facebook Page. Please see our Upcoming program dates page for 2016 program dates. explore the fascinating past, present, and future of health, disease, and medicine in the United States; examine the ways in which medicine and its practitioners have affected_СУand been affected by_СУAmerican social, political, cultural, and economic developments; build a solid base of knowledge for enriching your own perspective on disease and illness as a future health or medical professional; and Guided by up-and-coming professor Jennifer Lieberman and featuring a guest lecture by award-winning, emerita professor Joan Brumberg, you'll begin by studying the changing nature of biomedical and psychiatric disease in American history. You will also consider how the profession of medicine has evolved and changed in the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. You'll learn why doctors were not always seen as the medical experts, nor hospitals as the place to go when suffering a severe illness or trauma. We will analyze how our current health care system began to take shape in the late nineteenth and early to mid-twentieth century. Focusing primarily (but not exclusively) on three specific disease examples (tuberculosis, anorexia nervosa, and AIDS), you will explore the ways in which medical ideas and clinical practice are shaped by the ideas and values of the times. Using a rich variety of sources, you'll examine how gender, race, and social class influenced doctors and their patients. And, you'll see how the historical experiences of patients caused public health professionals and medical researchers to reconsider health policy and medical experimentation in the United States. Ultimately, you'll have a chance to do research on a disease of your own choosing and you'll get "inside" the thinking of contemporary clinicians. This program also serves as an excellent introduction to college-level work. You'll use a wide range of primary and secondary materials_СУfrom scholarly and scientific articles to advertising and popular literature as well as documentary and feature films_СУand you'll learn to integrate these materials with daily lectures. In discussion sections with teaching assistants, you will critically examine in depth themes from course lecture and readings; in writing workshops you will learn the basics of college-level writing. You_Сйll be evaluated based on your writing assignments, your participation in lectures and discussion sections, and your performance on a final exam. Please note that this is not a laboratory class. Students are expected to keep up with daily reading assignments and to produce an in-depth research paper for which they will receive careful guidance and instruction from the professor, teaching assistants, and librarians. You'll be enrolled in Body, Mind, and Health: Historical Perspectives for Future Professionals (STS 1451). This course meets Mondays through Fridays, 8:45-11:45 a.m. and Tuesdays through Thursdays, 1:30-4:00 p.m. Note: You may want to consider combining this program with another three-week program to create a six-week Dual Program. Living in the Shadow of Death: Tuberculosis and the Social Experience of Illness in American History Tinderbox: How the West Sparked the AIDS Epidemic and How the World Can Finally Overcome It These titles will be available at The Cornell Store. Friday, July 3: In observance of Independence Day, we will not have classes. Before making travel plans, review the checkout dates and times for your program. We strictly adhere to these deadlines. Jennifer Leigh Lieberman is an assistant professor of literature and cultural history at the University of North Florida. A distinguished interdisciplinary teacher-scholar, she has published papers as a mathematician, a cultural studies scholar, and a literary historian. Her research has earned accolades and awards, including grants from the National Science Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution, the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, the Bakken History of Electricity in Medicine Library and Museum, and the University of California. Lieberman received her PhD in English from the University of Illinois in 2011 after earning degrees in mathematics and English at the University of Florida. A National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellowship brought her to the Science and Technology Studies Department at Cornell University, where she gained expertise teaching and researching intellectual history_СУespecially including the history of technology and the history of medicine. Since 2004, she has taught courses to conventional and incarcerated college students on topics including composition, gender and women's studies, the history of medicine, the history of technology, and American literature and culture. Her favorite among these varied teaching experiences is Cornell University's Summer College, a program she began to work with as a postdoctoral fellow in 2011. She is excited to return to this challenging, rigorous program because it consistently proves to be mutually enriching for faculty, teaching assistants, and students alike. "Summer College students are a unique and exhilarating group. They have demonstrated a sophisticated ability to connect past and present: their thoughtful class discussions use the history of medicine to raise important questions about contemporary and future issues in medicine and culture. This program is perfect for students who aspire to practice medicine, to develop their critical research skills, or to better understand the place of medicine in American culture historically and presently." _СУJennifer Leigh Lieberman The following students have attended this program. Read about their experiences! "The professor was great at introducing the class to new ideas, and my TA was really good since she encouraged us to talk and debate in class. I liked how we had guest lecturers and an opportunity to see health care and medicine in general through the media. This was the best summer experience with the best friends at the best college." _СУ Eri Ichijo "At Summer College I gained a plethora of great, lasting friendships. I also gained knowledge about medicine and the medical professionals of the past and present." _СУ Rachael McGillivray "(At CUSC) I became more independent and ready for college. I met great people and made some friends for life. I also learned soooo much about health care and medicine." _СУ Katy Reines

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Ithaca, New York


June 25 2017

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Grade Levels

11th / 12th / College sophomore / College junior / College senior

Last Updated on

December 20 2019

Opportunity Types

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Start Date

June 25 2017

End Date

July 16 2017

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No multiple sessions

Science, Health and Medicine