The Wexner Medical Center’s Matinees that Matter is a purposeful lunch-and-learn program whose goal is to provide a larger learning experience on the importance of the ethnic, racial and economic disparities of health care in the United States.
Date: Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Nearly every major city was built near the convergence of many rivers. As cities grew with the Industrial Revolution, these rivers became conduits for disease and pollution. The 19th century solution was to bury them underground and merge them with the sewer systems. These rivers still run through today’s metropolises, but they do so out of sight. As climate change forces us to reconsider the relationship between built environment and natural resources, Lost Rivers brings to life an aspect of urban ecology that has long been kept secret.
Unsung Heroes: The Story of American’s Female Patriots
Date: Wednesday, November 15, 2017
From the Revolutionary War until today, women have shed their blood in defense of American. Their sacrifices are profound and their noble accomplishments largely, ignored. This inspiring story of perseverance and triumph, dramatically and for all time, sets the record straight on their unrecognized courage and sacrifices. At the heart of Unsung Heroes are the powerful first-hand accounts of women who have answered the call and stand proud in their commitment to the patriotic ideals of the United States.
Date: Friday, December 1, 2017 (World AIDS Day)
Each year in the United States, 50,000 people are diagnosed with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Nearly half of them live in the South, where the epidemic has taken root in rural communities like Williston, South Carolina. Through the story of Wilhemina Dixon, a one-woman army fighting for her family’s survival, Wilhemina’s War shows the devastating toll of the scourge of HIV/AIDS, one of the leading causes of death for black women in the rural south. The uneducated daughter of sharecroppers, Wilhemina Dixon is the 62-year-old matriarch of her family. Mina, as everyone calls her, knows little about public policy, but she knows a lot about caring for the sick. With five family members living with HIV, she is the caregiver for her daughter, Toni, a drug addict, and granddaughter, Dayshal, born with HIV. The film follows Wilhemina’s efforts to care for Toni, who is becoming increasingly ill, and Dayshal, who wrestles with the normal issues faced by every teenage girl growing up — but with the additional burden and stigma of HIV.