Medical humanities is a means of reflection upon and examination of biomedicine in context—and a recognition that context is politicized, culturally complex, and frequently ambiguous. But to see such a broad a vista needs a broad approach. My aim isn’t to define the medicine humanities as a single, static instrument or lens. Instead, we want to reconsider the medical humanities as radical dialogic encounter—a place for conversation with those outside our own areas of specialty.
Steampunk is fiction…or is it fact? Dr. Brandy Schillace takes the audience along a fascinating investigation into the true tales of Steampunk Science in her 2015 TEDxCLE talk. Historian and author Dr. Schillace writes about intersections of medicine, history, and literature. She works as Research Associate and Public Engagement Fellow
On October 24th, I was on air with John Fugelsang’s Tell Me Everything, talking about *literally* everything–I don’t think I’ve ever been asked about artificial intelligence, coal miners, and Rush’s Clockwork Angel on the same show before! Listen in below, and tune in to the program for exciting new perspectives–described as “NPR with a demented sense of humor.” Just my style, really. Read more to get the audio–and listen in to the program on SiriusXM Insight #121 2-5pm ET M-F.
Fallout from the Harvey Weinstein scandal has put the company in crisis—and destructive tremors have reached a 2017 Oscar hopeful. Following the horrifying expose of Weinstein’s behavior (longstanding and devastating in reach), the company announced that The Current War release would be pushed into 2018, leaving its future in doubt. Chris Evangelista, writing for FILM, aptly summarized the plight in an October 15th article, suggesting that only “time will only tell when The Current War sees the light of day.” In fact, time, and light, operate at the center of film’s story…and the more interesting history behind its script.
CONTENDERS IN THE CURRENT WAR, HuffPost, Oct 17, 2017, by Brandy Schillace
“Schillace recounts the fascinating history of the real scientists and inventors who laid the foundations for our modern-day technology (such as Edison, Tesla and Volta), along with such fictional practitioners as Dr. Victor Frankenstein and Sherlock Holmes. In a way, the book stands as a companion to Richard Holmes’s popular history “The Age of Wonder.” Entertaining and illuminating. […] It answers some questions I never even thought to ask.”—THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
On September 5th, I was thrilled to learn that Science Magazine, the peer-reviewed academic journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), carried a review of CLOCKWORK FUTURES. David Kahler of the Center for Environmental Research and Education, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, provided a thoughtful account of the book’s twin mission: to provide a social history of technology and also to recast some of science’s greatest innovations in a steampunk light:
Jan 20, 2016: 11:30am EST In Death’s Summer Coat: What the History of Death and Dying Teaches Us About Life and Living, Brandy Schillace shows how talking about death, and the rituals associated with it, can help provide answers. #death #grief #ritual LISTEN HERE
Death’s Summer Coat: Little Atoms Radio Broadcast, Dr. Brandy Schillace and Caitlin Doughty. Hear back to back interviews with Brandy Schillace and Caitlin Doughty about changes in the culture of death and their recent books (DEATH’S SUMMER COAT and SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES). The Little Atoms radio show launched