Dr. de Franciscis is the President of the Lourdes Office of Medical Observations,or the Bureau des Constatations Medicales. The Bureau was founded in 1883 to record, study and judge the healings and cures reported by pilgrims at the Shrine of Lourdes. 7,000 cases of unexplained cures have been recorded, and a total of 69 cures related to Lourdes have been declared Miracles. The Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes is where Mary the mother of Jesus appeared in 1858 to Bernadette Soubirous. Since then, pilgrims have come to the sancturary to drink from and bathe in the sacred springs. Read more about November 12: Lunch Talk with Dr. Alessandro de Franciscis
This is a classic film about the showdown between evolution and creation in the famous Scopes Monkey Trial that was held in Dayton, Tennessee in 1925. After its release in 1960, "Inherit the Wind" set the tone for cultural imagining of the events of the Scopes trial for decades to come. However, the film was a fictionalized account of the trial that served as an analogy for the evils of McCarthyism. How were the events of "Inherit the Wind" different from the actual trial? What do these changes tell us about the legacy of the evolution-creation debate in the 1960s and today? Read more about Film & Dialogue Nite: Inherit the Wind
For decades, experts have puzzled over why the US spends more on health care but suffers poorer outcomes than other industrialized nations. In The American Health Care Paradox, Elizabeth H. Bradley and Lauren A. Taylor marshal extensive research, including a comparative study of health care data from thirty countries, and get to the root of this paradox. They show us how and why the US health care “system” developed as it did; examine the constraints on, and possibilities for, reform; and profile inspiring new initiatives from around the world. Read more about Book Talk: The American Health Care Paradox with Lauren A. Taylor
Why do we love cowboys? Come watch this iconic Western with an eye towards the ideologies and mythologies that it most celebrates. Following the film, the group will be led by Lauren Taylor, M. Div '15, in a discussion on how these memes continue to exert influence on modern policy debates.