The Kingfisher Institute offers a variety of faculty and staff development opportunities throughout the year, including reading groups. In 2021, Dhitinut (DT) Ratnapradipa, PhD, professor and director of the Master of Public Health (MPH) program and Helen Chapple, PhD, RN, MA, MSN, from the Master of Bioethics program, co-facilitated a faculty/staff reading group focused on public health.
The group read Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha’s incredible tale of uncovering the Flint water crisis in What the Eyes Don’t See. Her story highlights the ways in which public health advocacy requires skills and habits linked to the humanities, such as critical thinking and consideration of local and broader historical contexts.
Hanna-Attisha gave a talk in November 2021 via Zoom with Creighton panelists:
- Rasika Mukkamala, BS’22 (health administration and policy major, College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Fellow)
- Echo Perlman, DNP, RN, assistant professor of nursing, Creighton University College of Nursing
- Adam Sundberg, PhD, associate professor of history, Creighton University College of Arts and Sciences
The talk was co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Fellows Program, a program for top students in the College. Fellows in the program read What the Eyes Don’t See as their “summer read” and many attended the talk.
In addition to What the Eyes Don't See, a group also read Edwidge Danticat’s latest short story collection, Everything Inside. About 50 faculty, staff, alumni and students participated in a reading group this year.