2018-19 LAC Series Theme: Roots & Branchings


LAC 2018-19 Roots and Branchings

What are the roots of health?  How do we identify these roots within our own bodies and within the larger cultures that feed and sustain us?  What forms can health take as it branches out from our bodily and cultural roots?

Under the broad theme of "Roots & Branchings," the 2018-19 Liberal Arts Convocations (LAC) series invites all members of the St. Louis College of Pharmacy (STLCOP) educational community to contemplate health as an organic phenomenon with deep roots in both our bodily selves and our parent cultures.  As future pharmacists and health care professionals, our students can best help their future patients by connecting to the root causes and the complex branching forms that health can take in our lives within the greater world.  To help our students embrace the rich complexities of their patients' health, the "Roots & Branchings" series engages writers, musicians, dancers and other artists whose work springs from, honors, and finally celebrates the complex sources and manifold forms of health and health care.

Previous Themes

Each year, the Liberal Arts Convocations Series events engage a specific theme or topic. Select a year to learn more about previous themes.

2017-18: Bodies & 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.

"Bodies & Boundaries" Programs (Spring '18)

Matika Wilbur & Bear Fox
Jan. 25, 2018

Saint Louis Ballet
Feb. 6, 2018

The History & Legacies of Soul Food
Feb. 20, 2018

New Dance Horizons: Channel Two
March 27, 2018

Produced by STLCOP Theater
April 12-14, 2018

Spring Concert
Featuring the STLCOP Royal Chorale & Concert Band
April 27, 2018

2016-17: 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.

"Humble Healing" Programs (Spring '17)

Therese Schroeder-Sheker
Jan. 26, 2017

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