Bodies and Boundaries

bodies-and-boundaries.jpgWhat does it mean to ‘own’ a body? What does it mean for our bodies to be our 'selves?' How can we engage with the greater world without simply letting it control us through our vulnerable bodies? Can we establish and assert healthful boundaries against the forces — natural, social and ideological — that would mark, shape and use our bodies for their convenience?

Under the broad theme of “Bodies and Boundaries,” the 2017-2018 Liberal Arts Convocations will invite all members of the College educational community to contemplate self-determination as a key to health.

As future pharmacists and health care professionals, our students must learn to relate effectively but respectfully to their future patients through their bodily challenges, challenges that could easily reform, redirect and even redefine those patients’ very identities. 

To help our students help their future patients, the “Bodies and Boundaries” series will engage writers, musicians, dancers and other artists whose work dramatizes, respects and finally celebrates the body as the very self, enlarging our imaginative boundaries for health and health care.

Previous Themes

Each year, the Liberal Arts Convocations Series events revolved around and specific theme or topic. Select a previous theme to learn more.

2016-2017: Humble Healing

The theme of the 2016-2017 Liberal Arts Convocations Series was "Humble Healing."

The theme encourages all of us who minister to those in need to put their health and well-being before our own, to lower ourselves, as needed, with the ill and stricken so that we can best assist them in rising again to their feet. Healers in all traditions have been kneelers, humbled by both the responsibilities and the rewards of helping our brothers and sisters to emerge from their health challenges renewed and strengthened and ready to take up life again in full.

All year long, our speakers and performers will help us to embrace the life-giving humbleness of the healing arts and of healing art.

Convocation Programs

Therese Schroeder-Sheker
Jan. 26, 2016

Rita Williams-Garcia
Feb. 16, 2017

New Dance Horizons, "Women Who Inspire"
March 2, 2017

'Night, Mother
Staged reading by Solid Lines Productions
March 9, 2017

The Drowsy Chaperone
Produced by STLCOP Theater
April 6-8, 2017

St. Louis Symphony Ensemble
April 11, 2017 (date subject to change)

Royal Chorale Spring Concert
Produced by the St. Louis College of Pharmacy Royal Chorale
April 21, 2017