Medicine and health culture of South Texas topic of Stormont Conference

Health is the prevailing topic of this year’s John W. Stormont Conference on South Texas. The conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22 in the Victoria College Student Center.

Guest lecturers will talk on medicine and health culture. The conference is free and open to the public.

The eight lectures begin following a short welcome and introductions of guest speakers. Each of the talks will last about 20 minutes, followed by a question-and-answer session.

Ann Kapp, co-chair of this year’s conference along with Lisa DeVries, said the format was changed to a conference, and a call was sent for academic papers.

“We hope this will be a way for students to observe scholarly activity,” Kapp said. “They can see what you do when you present a paper.”

The conference will be held on campus and fits into a Monday-Wednesday-Friday class schedule so students have an easier opportunity to attend, Kapp added.

DeVries said she and Kapp decided a central conference theme would help them attract more speakers.

“We thought medicine and health culture would appeal to our nursing students and other medical field programs on campus,” DeVries said.

In addition to the talks, the Museum of the Coastal Bend and the VC/UHV Library’s Regional History Center will have information booths at the conference.

This year’s topics are:

• “Native Plant Medicine: The Culture and Practice of Herbalism in South Texas and the Desert Southwest” by Sam Coffman – 9:05 a.m.

• “The Natural Environment and One’s Health” by Pamela Herring – 10 a.m.

• “Health Literacy in the U.S.” by Gwenn Scott – 10:30 a.m.

• “How Much is Your Health Worth, Ladies and Gentlemen?” by Carroll Scogin-Brincefield – 11 a.m.

• “Mexican-American Folk Healing as Community Healthcare in the Borderlands: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives” by Dr. Christine Reiser Robbins, Lori Garcia,  Erncarancion Hernandez and Victoria Rogerio – 11:30 a.m

• “The Fate of Family Planning in South Texas” by John DeVries – Noon

• “DDT and Cleanups: Victoria’s Response to Polio in 1946” by Linda Wolff – 12:30 p.m.

• “The French Disease and Lifetimes with Mercury: Venereal Diseases among Atlantic World Sailors” by Eric Ray – 1 p.m.

The conference is sponsored by VC’s Division of Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences, funded in part by the Victoria College, the Kathryn Stoner O'Connor Endowment and the John. W. Stormont Endowment.

If You Go:
When: Friday, February 22,  9 a.m.– 2 p.m.
Where: Victoria College Student Center, Meeting Rooms A-D

For biographical information on conference speakers, go to

Published: Thursday, 14 February 2013

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