Learn about race and cancer at the Cancer Culture and Community Colloquium

Wendy Cline is an author and at Purdue, she's the Deema G. Ceeley chairperson for "History of Medicine." She joined News 18 at Noon to talk more about the Cancer Culture and Community Colloquium. (WLFI Photo)
Wendy Cline is an author and at Purdue, she's the Deema G. Ceeley chairperson for "History of Medicine." She joined News 18 at Noon to talk more about the Cancer Culture and Community Colloquium. (WLFI Photo)

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — You’re invited to help celebrate Purdue’s new medical humanities program next week and listen to a talk about race and cancer.

Wendy Cline is an author and at Purdue, she’s the Deema G. Ceeley chairperson for “History of Medicine.” She joined News 18 at Noon to talk more about the event.

“It’s a very exciting moment for Purdue University students who have, for the first time, the opportunity to study and think about the relationships between health and society by taking a variety of courses across the disciplines, but then graduating with this actual certificate that will prove vary useful down the road.”

She said this is part of a growing trend. Because since 2000, liberal arts and humanities programs across the nation are declining in terms of enrollment and medical humanities programs are exploding.

“The numbers quadrupled in the last 16 years,” Cline said. “It’s exciting to have Purdue be part of that trend.”

She said the point of the event, which is titled Cancer Culture and Community Colloquium, is to launch the program.

“To draw in students, faculty, administrators and the Greater [Lafayette] community, [so they can] understand and appreciate the level of research,” said Cline.

“We have philosophers, pharmacologists, historians, public policy experts coming from places like Yale and Princeton to share their latest research and talk about the connections across disciplines,” she continued.

She said there will be sessions held throughout the day to fit into students’ schedules.

Cancer Culture and Community Colloquium will take place Nov. 14 at Purdue’s Steward Center. Here are two sessions being offered. Events are free and open to the public.

“More than Skin Deep: Introducing Medical Humanities” – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Stewart Center, Room 306

“How Cancer Crossed the Color Line” – 7:30 p.m. – Stewart Center – Fowler Hall