January 7, 2022

Nathan Carlin has a conversation with Samuel Shem

Reverend Dr. Nathan Carlin recently had a conversation with Samuel Shem, author of The House of God, The Spirit of the Place, and other books. The conversation is featured in Episode 6 of Season 2 of Conversations with Shem, a…


December 5, 2021

Special issue of Pastoral Psychology focuses on Nathan Carlin’s book

The peer-reviewed journal Pastoral Psychology released online on December 3 a special issue on Pastoral Aesthetics: A Theological Perspective on Principlist Bioethics. The book, published by Oxford University Press in 2019, was authored by professor and Center director, Reverend Nathan…


October 26, 2021

Nathan Carlin’s latest book to be released this month

Contemporary Physician-Authors: Exploring the Insights of Doctors Who Write is an edited book from Center director and professor, Nathan Carlin, PhD. The book examines the phenomenon of physician-authors and focuses on doctors who write and the stories they tell. The…


January 8, 2021

Eldrewey Stearnes’ passing mourned by Thomas Cole, the McGovern Center

Civil rights activist Eldrewey Stearnes passed away on December 23 at the age of 89. Stearnes was known for leading sit-ins and demonstrations to desegregate Houston. A recent piece in the Houston Chronicle about Stearnes includes comments from Thomas Cole,…


December 2, 2020

McGovern Center course features author in discussion

The McGovern Center’s fourth-year elective, Humanistic Elements of Medicine includes three weeks of graduate-style humanities seminars with Center faculty. During the current course block, a seminar on Samuel Shem was offered during the first week by Nathan Carlin, PhD. Students…


October 28, 2020

Thomas Cole, Old Man Country featured in podcast

Journalist Susan Flory created The Big Middle, a podcast featuring “spirited conversations about living healthy longer, aging differently.” In the October 22 episode, Flory spoke with Thomas Cole, PhD, about aging, the fourth age, and his book Old Man Country.


September 1, 2020

New forthcoming book from Nathan Carlin

Nathan Carlin, PhD, received a contract from Oxford University Press to write a monograph on medicine and secularization. Its tentative title is How Doctors Became Our Priests: Sacralizations and Secularizations of Medicine, and it will explore observations by sociologists and…


August 18, 2020

Keisha Ray receives book contract from Oxford

Keisha Ray, PhD, recently accepted a book contract for her forthcoming book, Black Health: Social, Cultural, and Political Determinants, from Oxford University Press. The book will be part of the Bioethics and Social Justice series. Snippet about the book: The…


August 5, 2020

Nathan Carlin’s latest book discussed on New Books Network

In a recent podcast on New Books Network, Nathan Carlin, PhD, discussed with Claire Clark, PhD, MPH, his 2019 book Pastoral Aesthetics: A Theological Perspective on Principlist Bioethics. In the text, Carlin revisits The Principles of Biomedical Ethics, authored by…


June 4, 2020

Thomas Cole interviewed for New Tricks for Old Dogs podcast

In late May, Thomas Cole, PhD, appeared in “The Lockdown Frees the Mind,” an episode of New Tricks for Old Dogs. The podcast is hosted by Paul Menzel and Jim Conlan and addresses topics for Boomers. In the episode, Cole…


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