|In Memoriam – Glyn Salton-Cox
The English Department is devastated to announce the death over the New Year of our colleague Glyn Salton-Cox. To his family, loved ones, and friends here, in his native Britain, and throughout the world, we offer our deepest and most heartfelt condolences. Glyn was a brilliant scholar, a very popular teacher, and the kindest of colleagues.
The Department of English invites you to a commemoration of our colleague Glyn Salton-Cox on Friday, March 3d, 2023.
We will gather in the Faculty Club’s Betty Elings Wells Pavilion at 3:00 pm and then move to the Terrace at 4:00 pm for a reception. Please let us know of any accessibility requests.
How We Tell Stories About Disease
- Course Number: ENGL 148EN
- Quarter: Summer B 2023
Epidemiology represents the current paradigm for thinking about disease through exposure, transmission, spread, morbidity and mortality. These concepts are primarily narrativized through data visualizations, exemplified by John Hopkins University or the CDC. At odds with the historical, journalist, or literary narratives students might associate with the medical humanities, examining epidemiological data visualization as the prevailing narrative of disease enables us to ask new and pressing questions. How does epidemiology encourage us to interpret disease through space? How do epidemiological data visualizations strengthen existing geographies of national borders and change the policy and practice of migration and mobility? And, how does epidemiology classify and express the human body in terms of disease, health, and disability?
This course is designed to help students think through data visualizations not as representations of abstract truth, but as objects constructed within distinct ideological frameworks which serve larger cultural narratives. Epidemiology offers a timely case study how data is transformed from abstract representation into narratives about public health. Together, we will use the course to imagine new narrative and aesthetic forms for telling stories about disease.