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A Voyage to Health: Exhibit and Events

Voyage to Health Speaker and Film Series

About the Speaker and Film series:
This Speaker and Film series was sponsored by the University of Florida Health Science Center Libraries and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

Light refreshments will be served at most events. All were welcome to attend.

Past Events

Tuesday, March 26 - Keynote speaker Koji Lum: The Health Consequences of Cultural Change in Vanuatu

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Location: Communicore Building, Room C1-9

Koji Lum, professor of anthropology and biological sciences at Binghampton University, researches the origins, interactions, and resulting genetic characteristics of Pacific Island populations; the evolution of Plasmodium falciparum drug resistance; malaria epidemiology in Melanesia, Southeast Asia and Africa; and interactions among modernization and infectious and chronic diseases.  This talk addressed health transitions in the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu.

Co-sponsored by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.*


Wednesday, March 27 - Keynote speaker Koji Lum: Human Settlement and Malaria of the Pacific

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Location: Communicore Building, Room C1-9

Guest speaker, Koji Lum, professor of biological sciences at Binghampton University, joined us again to discuss Pacific settlement, malaria selection, and drug resistance evolution.

Co-sponsored by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.*


Thursday, March 28 - Economic Issues and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Location: Communicore Building, Room C1-9

UF law professor Winston Nagan discussed the rights of indigenous peoples and related economic and health issues.


Monday, April 8 - Dance for Health

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Location: Communicore Building, Room C1-17

This event focused on the importance of dance to health and the use of dance as therapy.  It featured talks by Jill Sonke, Director of the UF Center for the Arts in Medicine, and Naana Horne, Professor of English at Santa Fe College and specialist on Ghanaian dance.


Friday, April 12 - Healing Spaces and Voyage to Health Reception

3:00 - 7:00 PM

Location: Wilmot Gardens

First was a panel discussion focusing on ties between the natural environment and healing .  Panelistsl included HSC Archivist Nina Stoyan-Rosenzweig, UF anthropology professor Rick Stepp, UF professor of medical research Dennis Steindler, landscape architect Elizabeth Diehl, and Wilmot Gardens coordinator Linda Luecking.  The event also featured refreshments and interactive events including hula, massage, and creating traditional Hawaiian prints on mulberry paper.


Thursday, April 18 - Film Screening - "Whale Rider"

 5:30 PM

Location: Communicore Building, Room C1-4

From IMDB: "A contemporary story of love, rejection and triumph as a young Maori girl fights to fulfill a destiny her grandfather refuses to recognize."


*This project has been funded in whole or in part with federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No HHS-N-276-2011-00004-C with the University of Maryland Baltimore.

Voyage to Health at UF

The Health Science Center Library is pleased to host this exhibit from the National Library of Medicine from March 25th - May 1st, 2013 !

A Voyage To Health explores the recent revival of the ancient arts of navigation and voyaging that first brought the people of Hawai‘i to their island homes. Much of the valuable knowledge of voyaging was lost as a consequence of the suppression of traditional ways. As part of a wider movement to reintroduce traditional ways, Native Hawaiians are mastering the knowledge and skills of their elders. By restoring their heritage, this new generation seeks to heal the people. A Voyage to Health explores this resurgence and its significance for health, well-being, and self-determination.

National Library of Medicine exhibit site

This exhibition is brought to you by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health

Curatorial Team:
Davianna Pomaika‘i McGregor, PhD (University of Hawai'i)
Manon Parry, PhD (University of Maryland)
Hardy Spoehr (Papa Ola Lokahi)
Maile Taualii, PhD, MPH (Papa Ola Lokahi)
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