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One Book, One Community Read-Along

Shared Experiences Draw People Together.
Share a Book. Share an Experience.

Pitt Public Health's One Book, One Community (OBOC) program is a school-wide "communal read" of a single book focused on a topic affecting the field of public health. Alumni, families, and friends are invited to sign up below and read along with the school's students and faculty. You'll also be invited to participate in a variety of programming during the year, including live and virtual discussions and events. 

About the Book

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and now a documentary from Ken Burns on PBS, The Emperor of All Maladies is a magnificent, profoundly humane “biography” of cancer—from its first documented appearances thousands of years ago through the epic battles in the twentieth century to cure, control, and conquer it to a radical new understanding of its essence.

Physician, researcher, and award-winning science writer Siddhartha Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist’s precision, a historian’s perspective, and a biographer’s passion. The result is an astonishingly lucid and eloquent chronicle of a disease humans have lived with—and perished from—for more than five thousand years.

The story of cancer is a story of human ingenuity, resilience, and perseverance, but also of hubris, paternalism, and misperception. Mukherjee recounts centuries of discoveries, setbacks, victories, and deaths told through the eyes of his predecessors and peers, training their wits against an infinitely resourceful adversary that, just three decades ago, was thought to be easily vanquished in an all-out “war against cancer.” The book reads like a literary thriller with cancer as the protagonist.

Riveting, urgent, and surprising, The Emperor of All Maladies provides a fascinating glimpse into the future of cancer treatments. It is an illuminating book that provides hope and clarity to those seeking to demystify cancer.

(Excerpted and condensed from Amazon.com)

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One Book, One Community Main Event:
Many Disciplines, One Discussion

Wednesday, November 29, 6 p.m.
Public Health Auditorium (G23)

Join a discussion from multiple public health perspectives, featuring EOH’s Patricia Opresko, EPI’s Jian-Min Yuan, BCHS’ Patricia Documet, HPM’s Lindsay Sabik, and moderated by Dean Donald Burke.
Reception to follow in the Commons.

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CPH-CE credit available both in-person and to viewers of live-streamed event.
Support for this event made possible through the University's Year of Healthy U initiative. 

Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies, Episode 2 | "The Blind Men and the Elephant" 

Tuesday, December 5, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
A312 Crabtree Hall

Film screening and discussion featuring Jessie Burke, associate dean for education and associate professor, behavioral and community health sciences, and Ruth Modzelewski, mission coordinator at Susan G. Komen Pittsburgh and Pitt Public Health alum.

Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies, Episode 3 | “Finding the Achilles Heel”

Wednesday, January 24, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
A521 Crabtree Hall

Film screening and discussion featuring Jessie Burke, associate dean for education and associate professor, behavioral and community health sciences, and Ruth Modzelewski, mission coordinator at Susan G. Komen Pittsburgh and Pitt Public Health alum.

Movie Screening and Discussion | How I Live with Cancer

Thursday, March 22, time TBD
Public Health Auditorium (G23)

Sponsored by Center for Global Health, Global Health Student Association, and the Office of Student Affairs.

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CPH-CE Credits

CPH-CE credits can be earned by participating in discussions.
(1 CPH-CE credit per hour)

Questions?

Contact Sarah McMullen and the school's alumni relations team for details or questions about the read-along program.

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A failure to heal 

A failure to heal

NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE - What happens when a clinical trial fails?  (12/08/2017)
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Consistently lower cancer survival rates for Black patients in U.S. 

Consistently lower cancer survival rates for Black patients in U.S.

REUTERS HEALTH - Whether it's colon cancer, breast cancer, or ovarian cancer, survival rates in the U.S. are lower for black people than for white people, three new studies show. (12/08/2017)
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Breast cancer is serious. Pink is not.  

Breast cancer is serious. Pink is not.

NEW YORK TIMES - October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and I have breast cancer...Pink is not a serious color, though cancer is a very serious disease. (11/06/2017)
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OBOC: Colors of Support 

OBOC: Colors of Support

COLORS OF SUPPORT! Our One Book, One Community program presents cancer-awareness memorabilia of students, faculty, and staff in a special November display, part of this year’s communal read of Pulitzer Prize winning The Emperor of All Maladies: A biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee. (11/02/2017)
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Hillman Foundation Gives $30 Million to Pitt and UPMC Hillman Cancer Center 

Hillman Foundation Gives $30 Million to Pitt and UPMC Hillman Cancer Center

The Henry L. Hillman Foundation is re-upping its commitment to cultivate cancer research and care by committing an additional $30 million over the next 10 years to the University of Pittsburgh and the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center.  (09/28/2017)
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A Pen that Detects Cancerous Tissue Could Help Surgeons Remove the Full Tumor 

A Pen that Detects Cancerous Tissue Could Help Surgeons Remove the Full Tumor

A new handheld device could someday help cancer surgeons figure out what to cut and what to leave alone in real time. The MasSpecPen employs water, plastic tubing, and a mass spectrometer. It's the latest in engineer's effort to speed up the pace at which samples collected during operations are pro... (09/26/2017)
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Widowed Early, a Cancer Doctor Writes about the Harm of Medical Debt 

Widowed Early, a Cancer Doctor Writes about the Harm of Medical Debt

A radiation oncologist, and widow whose husband died of cancer, studies the effects of financial strain on cancer patients.  (09/26/2017)
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The Motivating Power of Cancer 

The Motivating Power of Cancer

Ian Toothill, 47, a personal trainer from London, has stage IV bowel cancers. Earlier this month, he reached the summit of Mt. Everest. "It's a way of changing the narrative, asserting control," explains Ellen Ormond, PhD, of the Center for Counseling and Cancer Support at the University of Pittsbu... (09/26/2017)

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