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March 1: Cultures & Disease: Epidemics and the Human Experience

Exhibit Opening
Thursday, March 1, 2018
1 - 5 PM

A century ago, Spanish flu swept across the world and killed 50 million people – more people than the infamous Black Death in the fourteenth century. Epidemic diseases have been with humans about as long as we have had organized societies. Although today we are better armed against them – with vaccines and antibiotics, respirators and IV fluids – our sense of a more interconnected world (the global village) stokes our fears of the next pandemic.

We don’t just die from epidemic diseases; we live with the knowledge of them, we try to prevent them, we care those that have fallen ill with them, we live through them, and we face the difficult decisions that arise from them. The Hays-Heighe House will explore aspects of that wide-ranging experience both through its exhibit and through its upcoming programming.

Reservations Not Necessary

March 6 & 13: Estonian Tea

Tuesday, March 6 & Tuesday, March 13
12:30 - 2 PM
Hays-Heighe House

Ticket required. Limited seating. $15 per ticket. Free with HCC Student ID. To obtain tickets, email or call 443-412-2539.

It’s a mysterious land half-shrouded in forest – and a modern country with 4G cell phone coverage available event in the deepest woods. One town is famed equally for earthy mud baths and ethereal lace shawls. Despite centuries of foreign rule and decades behind the Iron Curtain, it is now a beacon of economic freedom, civil liberties, and freedom of the press. Warm up with tea and hearty stew as you learn more about Estonia with Dr. Stephanie Hallock, Coordinator for Global Education and Engagement at HCC.

March 7 & 8: Film, Panic in the Streets

Film Discussion led by Chris Kaltenbach, Adjunct Faculty (Film), HCC
March 7, 2018 | 6 - 8 PM
March 8, 2018 | 12 - 2 PM

Famed director Elia Kazan is better known for films like A Streetcar Named Desire, which takes place in New Orleans, and On the Waterfront, which brings the docklands to life. An earlier film, though – Panic on the Streets – combines the settings in a gritty noir as a public health official and a police captain search for a small band of criminals who are unwittingly spreading the plague.

Reservations Strongly Recommended

March 15: Game Night, Epic Epidemics

Thursday, March 15, 2018
5 - 8 PM

Pandemic in a box? Let’s let it out and see how we do! Yes, there is a popular board game called Pandemic – play as a researcher, scientist, operations expert, medic, or dispatcher and work together to halt four spreading diseases in their tracks. Or just come as a spectator; snack, offer advice, and try out some of our other epidemic-themed games.

Reservations Not Necessary

March 29: Lecture, Ethics in Epidemics

Angie Boyce, Fellow at Johns Hopkins University Berman Institute of Bioethics, PhD, Cornell University
March 29, 2018
2:15 - 3:15 PM and 6 - 7 PM
Darlington Hall, Room 228

As an outbreak grows into an epidemic, how do we confront the ethical dilemmas that arise? What do we do when overfilled hospitals must turn away ambulances? When patients with complications from flu need more ventilators than are available? When someone clearly contagious refuses isolation? Angie Boyce, a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Berman Institute of Bioethics will discuss ethical issues in outbreak management and containment care.

Reservations Strongly Recommended

April 5: Lecture, Professionalization of Public Health

Karen Kruse Thomas, Staff Historian at JHU Bloomberg School of Public Health, PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Thursday, April 5, 2018
3 - 4 PM
Darlington Hall, Room 228

Karen Kruse Thomas, author of Health and Humanity: A History of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 1935–1985, will outline the development of one of the key fields in the fight against epidemics – the field of public health. This national movement had a local flavor in Maryland, with the founding of the first and largest school of public health at Johns Hopkins.

Reservations Strongly Recommended

April 12: Lecture, Media Ethics and Medical Journalism

Marlene Cimons, Adjunct Lecturer, Philip Merrill College of Journalism, U of M, PhD, University of Maryland
Thursday, April 12, 2018
12:30 - 1:30 PM

As a story develops, journalists sift information of varying reliability, balancing the public’s growing need to know with their own responsibility not to misrepresent the truth. Where news of health, policy, and medicine are concerned, this balancing act is even more crucial, for nothing stokes public panic like a health scare. For more than thirty years, starting with the AIDs epidemic in the 1980s, Marlene Cimons has been performing this balancing act.

Reservations Strongly Recommended

April 19: Living History, Ready to Serve

Ellouise Schoettler, Spoken Word Artist
Thursday, April 19
Student Center, Room 243

Ellouise Schoettler’s Ready to Serve is the second in a trio of shows about World War I. It follows a group of professional nurses who graduated from Johns Hopkins and went abroad with the US Army to serve in France from 1917 to 1919. Her stories of the hardships they faced are based on their real letters; she was able to comb through both the Hopkins Archives and the Library of Congress to piece together their everyday life serving in the field.

Reservations Strongly Recommended

April 25: Book Discussion, Pale Horse, Pale Rider

Discussion led by Scott West, Assistant Professor of English, HCC, M.F.A., University of Baltimore
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
11:00 - 12:30 PM

Miranda lives by herself in a rooming house in the state capital and makes a living writing theatre reviews, spending her free time with a soldier from her rooming house. It would be lovely, if not for pushy Liberty Bond salesmen, the soldier’s looming deployment to France, and all those flu ambulances and funeral processions disturbing their idyll… Join us for a discussion of Katherine Anne Porter’s short novel Pale Horse, Pale Rider.

Reservations Strongly Recommended

May 1: Presentation, Psychology & Sickness

Elizabeth Mosser, Assistant Professor of Psychology, HCC, M.A., Ohio State University
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
12:30 - 1:30 PM

Why does that person who coughs all the time annoy us so much? Why do we fear Ebola so much more than influenza? While our attitudes toward the sick may seem very individual and based in personal experience, psychological studies reveal how we as a society react to the apparent threat of infectious disease, and researchers have interesting theories about why we may react the way we do. Psychology professor and exhibit co-curator Elizabeth Mosser will demonstrate some of our psychological quirks in the realm of health, both individual and public.

Reservations Strongly Recommended