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CURRENT ISSUES IN HEALTH | SPRING 2021

February 23, 2021

“The Social Dilemma” (2020)

About the Film

We tweet, we like, and we share— but what are the consequences of our growing dependence on social media? This documentary-drama hybrid reveals how social media is reprogramming civilization with tech experts sounding the alarm on their own creations.




March 23, 2021

“My Beautiful Broken Brain” (2014)

About the Film

Follow along 34-year-old Lotje Sodderland's personal voyage into the complexity, fragility and wonder of her own brain following a life-changing hemorrhagic stroke. Regaining consciousness to an alien world - Lotje was thrown into a new existence of distorted reality where words held no meaning and where her sensory perception had changed beyond recognition. This is a story of pioneering scientific research to see if her brain might recover - with outcomes that no one could have predicted.

CURRENT ISSUES IN HEALTH | FALL 2020

September 9, 2020

“Take Your Pills” (2018)

About the Film

Adderall is one of the defining drugs of this generation, and yet its prevalence on college campuses like Emory still remains more of an open secret. This 2018 documentary explores the history of how this drug became so prevalent in the workforce, in academics, in athletics, and the military. This event was followed by a discussion of what Adderall reveals about American culture as well as the often-unacknowledged costs of dependence.




October 7, 2020

“Unnatural Selection” (2019)

About the Film

Ever dreamed of editing your own DNA or breeding glow-in-the-dark dogs? Well, that’s no longer the stuff of science fiction! It’s now possible with DIY gene-editing kits you order online. This 2019 documentary explores the science and some of the big ethical questions raised by the “biohacking” movement, which is trying to take gene-editing technologies like CRISPR out of the billion-dollar labs and into our garages. This event was followed by a debate over whether these new possibilities of genetic engineering are ethical or wise.

 



November 11, 2020

“Father, Son, Soldier” (2020)

About the Film

Follow Sergeant Brian Eisch through a ten year period: from his deployment to Afghanistan through his long physical and mental recovery from being shot in combat. Also follow his two sons as they cope with the changes in their father brought about by War. This event was followed by a discussion of this ripple effect traumatic injury can so often have on families of veterans.

DEMENTIA | SPRING 2020

January 28, 2020

“The Savages” (2007)

About the Film

A sister and brother face the realities of familial responsibility as they begin to care for their ailing father.

About the Guest Speakers
Dhaval Desai, MD

Director of Hospital Medicine, Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital, Hospitalist - Internal Medicine & Pediatrics, Senior Physician | Assistant Professor of Medicine

Mohamad K. Moussa, MD

SFHM FAGS

Director of Hospital Medicine, Emory Johns Creek Hospital, Assistant/Senior Physician Emory University Department of Medicine




February 18, 2020

“Alive Inside” (2014)

About the Film

Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory, fights against a broken healthcare system to demonstrate music's ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from it.

About the Guest Speaker
Ted Johnson, MD, MPH

Professor of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine

Director, Center for Health in Aging

Program Director, Atlanta Regional Geriatric Education Center

Paul W. Seavey Chair in Medicine, Chief, General Med & Geriatrics




March 3, 2020

“Away From Her” (2006)

About the Film

A man coping with the institutionalization of his wife because of Alzheimer's disease faces an epiphany when she transfers her affections to another man, Aubrey, a wheelchair-bound mute who also is a patient at the nursing home.

About the Guest Speaker
Allan Levey, MD, PhD

Betty Gage Holland Professor and Chair

Department of Neurology

Director, Emory Alzheimer's Disease Research Center

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OPIOIDS | FALL 2019

September 19, 2019

“Recovery Boys” (2018)

About the Film

In the heart of America’s opioid epidemic, four men attempt to reinvent their lives and reenter society sober after years of drug abuse. Recovery Boys, from Academy Award-nominated director Elaine McMillion Sheldon (Heroin(e)), is an intimate look at the strength, brotherhood, and courage that it takes to overcome addiction and lays bare the internal conflict of recovery and the external hurdles of an unforgiving society.

About the Guest Speakers
Justine Wittenauer Welsh, MD

Program Director - Emory Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment Services

Myra Woodworth-Hobbs, Ph.D.

Lecturer - Center for the Study of Human Health, Emory University




October 3, 2019

“Dr. Feelgood” (2016)

About the Film

Dr. William Hurwitz was a preeminent doctor sentenced to 25 years in prison for overprescribing painkillers. His story provides a window into the ethical dilemma of opioid prescriptions. Painkillers give doctors tremendous power to relieve pain, a primary goal of any physician, but this power begets trouble when the same drugs can lead to addiction, abuse and death.

About the Guest Speakers
Sudheer Potru, DO

Medical Director - Complex Pain and High-Risk Opioid Clinic Atlanta VA Medical Center
Assistant Professor - Emory University School of Medicine

Sofia Tenorio Martinez, MD

Master of Public Health Candidate, Epidemiology, Emory University




November 4, 2019

“Prescription Thugs” (2015)

About the Film

After seeing friends and family become addicted to prescription drugs, filmmaker Chris Bell sets out to discover more about pharmaceutical companies. In his journey Chris meets experts on addiction and uncovers startling truths about the industry.

About the Guest Speakers
Anne Marie McKenzie-Brown, MD

Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, Emory University School of Medicine
Director - Division of Pain Management

Rohan Palmer, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychology, Emory University

Voices | Spring 2019

January 30, 2019

“The King’s Speech” (2010)

About the Film

England's Prince Albert (Colin Firth) must ascend the throne as King George VI, but he has a speech impediment. Knowing that the country needs her husband to be able to communicate effectively, Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter) hires Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush), an Australian actor and speech therapist, to help him overcome his stammer. An extraordinary friendship develops between the two men, as Logue uses unconventional means to teach the monarch how to speak with confidence.

About the Guest Speakers
Joseph Jordan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor - Department of English, The University of Tennessee - Chattanooga

Ai Leen Choo, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor - Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Georgia State University




March 4, 2019

“Diving Bell and the Butterfly” (2007)

About the Film

Jean-Dominique Bauby (Mathieu Amalric), editor-in-chief of French fashion bible Elle magazine, has a devastating stroke at age 43. The damage to his brain stem results in locked-in syndrome, with which he is almost completely paralyzed and only able to communicate by blinking an eye. Bauby painstakingly dictates his memoir via the only means of expression left to him.

About the Guest Speakers
Maryanne Weatherill, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Assistant Professor - Communication Sciences and Professional Counseling, University of West Georgia

Jacqueline Sue Laures Gore, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Associate Professor - Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders, Georgia State University




April 8, 2019

“Do I Sound Gay?” (2014)

About the Film

Journalist David Thorpe confronts his anxiety over sounding gay by talking to LGBT icons like Dan Savage and George Takei, and exploring the cultural history of the gay voice in film and television.

About the Guest Speakers
Michael Vaughn, MA

Doctoral Candidate, Sociology - Laney Graduate School, Emory University

WAR AND TRAUMA | Fall 2018

The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that, in any given year, 11% to 20% of veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan have PTSD. With over 2 million soldiers deployed during these wars, combat trauma has emerged as one of the major epidemics of our time. Featuring guest speakers from the VAMC and the CDC, this series offers a glimpse into some of the challenges veterans of Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan face while recovering from PTSD: transitioning back to civilian life, negotiating the VA medical system, changes in character and personality, traumatic memories, moral injury, depression, and suicide.




September 11, 2018

“Thank You for Your Service” (2017)

About the Film

A group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq struggle to integrate back into family and civilian life, while living with the memory of a war that threatens to destroy them long after they've left the battlefield..

About the Guest Speakers
Walid M Nassif, M.D.

Lead Psychiatrist, Atlanta VA Medical Center (VMAC)

Hammad Smith N'cho, Ph.D., M.S., M.S., M.A., M.P.S.

Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer (CDC)

Edward Vega, M.D.

Clinical Psychologist, Mental Health Services, Department of Veterans Affairs




October 18, 2018

“The Messenger” (2009)

About the Film

After being injured in Iraq, an American soldier finds himself in an ethical dilemma when he becomes involved with the widow of a fallen officer.

About the Guest Speakers
Timothy Servold

Former Marine Corporal

Matt Lewis, Ph.D.

Consultant for Primary Care Progress




November 15, 2018

“Apocalypse Now” (1979)

About the Film

A captain is sent on a dangerous mission to assassinate a renegade Colonel who has set himself up as a god among a Cambodian tribe.

About the Guest Speakers
Chris Eagle, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer - Center for Study of Human Health, Emory University

Matt Lewis, Ph.D.

Consultant for Primary Care Progress

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EPIDEMICS | SPRING 2018

February 19, 2018

“Contagion” (2011)

About the Film

People find themselves in the midst of a worldwide epidemic as the CDC works to find a cure.

About the Guest Speakers
Hammad Smith N'cho & Josh Doyle

(Epidemic Intelligence Services Officers, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)




March 26, 2018

“And The Band Played On” (1993)

About the Film

The story of the discovery of the A.I.D.S. epidemic, and the political infighting of the scientific community hampering the early fight with it.

About the Guest Speakers
James Curran

Dean - Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University

Harold Jaffe

Former Director - National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention




April 3, 2018

“Blindness” (2008)

About the Film

A city is ravaged by an epidemic of instant white blindness, prompting a doctor to lead a small group to freedom.

About the Guest Speakers
Danielle Sharpe

Research in Epidemiology - Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University

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