Public Lecture Series 2013-2014
The School of Nursing and Midwifery are pleased to announce their 2013-14 public lecture series entitled 'Tell Me About'. The series will comprise of seven lectures and is presented as part of the School's Civic Engagement Strategy.
All lectures will take place in the School of Nursing and Midwifery building at 24 D'Olier Street, Dublin 2. The lectures are offered free-of-charge however pre-booking is advised.
Lecture 2: Thursday 21st November at 5.15pm
Tell Me About: 'Life is a gift, pass it on – the story of Organ Donation and Transplantation'
Presented by: Colin White (National Projects Manager, Irish Kidney Association) and James Reynolds (Social Media Co-ordinator, Irish Kidney Association).
Colin's wife has been on dialysis since 2001 and James received a kidney transplant in 2009, so they can give real insights into the journey from diagnosis of organ failure through the uncertainty of dialysis and on to the transformative impact of receiving an organ transplant.
Colin is involved in promoting education about organ donation and transplantation. He also works in advocacy and the development of transplant and dialysis sports at an international level.
James grew up with kidney problems and after some years on dialysis he received his kidney transplant. He has represented Ireland in transplant sports since 2010, is a keen advocate for organ donor awareness and has been working with the IKA since 2012.
To book a place please email Jeni Ryan at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lecture 1: Thursday 24th October at 5.00pm
Tell Me About: 'Irish Insanity - The Excessive Use of Mental Hospitals in Ireland'.
Presenter: Dr Damien Brennan, Assistant Professor, Trinity College Dublin
Dr Damien Brennan trained and worked as a psychiatric nurse in Ireland. He undertook his PhD at the Department of Sociology Trinity College Dublin, which detailed and critiqued mental hospital use in Ireland. He is Assistant Professor at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin where his teaching and research are focused on the Sociology of Health and Illness, particularly Mental Health.
The lecture will be followed by the launch of Dr Brennan’s book ‘Irish Insanity 1800-2000’.
'Irish Insanity 1800-2000', Routledge
By the 1950s Ireland had the dubious honour of having the world’s highest rate of mental hospital residency. This book demonstrates that there was no epidemic of ‘insanity’ in Ireland, rather this institutional confinement occurred in response to social forces, along with the actions of the individuals, families and professional groups who directly carried out the act of committal. The state-run mental hospitals were the largest institutions of confinement in Ireland, however unlike institutions that were church/state partnerships, mental hospitals have not undergone extensive public scrutiny to date. This book offers an empirically based analysis of the social, cultural, economic and political dynamics that have underpinned the excessive confinement of Irish people in mental hospitals.
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