Upcoming Events

January 18, 2019

Student led discussion on self-care

It’s hard enough living though these fractious times, but being a graduate student (or intern or postdoc) continues to be a challenge in and of itself.  Join us for a discussion of how to practice the kind of self-care we are often recommending to the people we treat.

Graduate School Can Have Terrible Effects on People’s Mental Health, from The Atlantic, Nov. 27, 2018

 

February 22, 2019

Stay tuned for a possible virtual E&A meeting as many of us will be out at INS

 

March 15, 2019

Book Discussion:  Dopesick by Beth Macy

As part of a month of colloquium focused on the Opioid Crisis, we will be discussing the book Dopesick:  Dealers, Doctors and The Drug Company That Addicted America by Beth Macy.

An instant New York Times and indie bestseller, Dopesick is the only book to fully chart the devastating opioid crisis in America: “a harrowing, deeply compassionate dispatch from the heart of a national emergency” (New York Times) from a bestselling author and journalist who has lived through it
 

In this masterful work, Beth Macy takes us into the epicenter of America’s twenty-plus year struggle with opioid addiction. From distressed small communities in Central Appalachia to wealthy suburbs; from disparate cities to once-idyllic farm towns; it’s a heartbreaking trajectory that illustrates how this national crisis has persisted for so long and become so firmly entrenched.

Beginning with a single dealer who lands in a small Virginia town and sets about turning high school football stars into heroin overdose statistics, Macy endeavors to answer a grieving mother’s question-why her only son died-and comes away with a harrowing story of greed and need. From the introduction of OxyContin in 1996, Macy parses how America embraced a medical culture where overtreatment with painkillers became the norm. In some of the same distressed communities featured in her bestselling book Factory Man, the unemployed use painkillers both to numb the pain of joblessness and pay their bills, while privileged teens trade pills in cul-de-sacs, and even high school standouts fall prey to prostitution, jail, and death.
Through unsparing, yet deeply human portraits of the families and first responders struggling to ameliorate this epidemic, each facet of the crisis comes into focus. In these politically fragmented times, Beth Macy shows, astonishingly, that the only thing that unites Americans across geographic and class lines is opioid drug abuse. But in a country unable to provide basic healthcare for all, Macy still finds reason to hope-and signs of the spirit and tenacity necessary in those facing addiction to build a better future for themselves and their families.

Hear an NPR interview with the author here

Or read an interview here by the Los Angeles Review of Books

 

April 19, 2019

A Discussion about Poverty + Food Drive

 

 

May 17, 2019

A Discussion about Sexual Harassment, this will potentially be a two part series

 

 

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