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Non-Uniform Bodies: Design and Health Workshop with Special Guest, Dr. Bon Ku

September 9, 2021 at 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Non-Uniform Bodies: Design and Health Workshop with Special Guest: Dr. Bon Ku

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You are invited to share an autumnal evening in the courtyard with many bodyminds in the act of making exquisite things!

The Taubman College Design and Health faculty will be welcoming Dr. Bon Ku to the University of Michigan. Dr Ku is an internationally acclaimed physician and educator, Director of the Health Design Lab at Thomas Jefferson University. Taubman Faculty and Dr. Ku will be guiding a workshop animated by anti-racism tactics, disability aesthetics, and health equity. This event will be followed by a lecture by Dr Ku on Friday, September 10th at 12:00 EST in person and online. Future Design Health events and current courses will also be described.

After 18-months of relative isolation, we are eager to work safely with you in an outdoor setting. Masks are encouraged. This event is part quilting-bee, social collector, and a fun platform to discuss the complex relationships between architecture, design, and health, and the ways our body-minds have been transformed by the pandemic and deeper structural trauma of ableism and racism. Design Health faculty will be available to answer questions about any aspect of the workshop curriculum at Taubman College, and to learn from your input about design and health in 2021.

Workshop Brief: Unmaking The White Lab Coat
For many medical, nursing, and physician assistant students, the ceremonial donning of a white coat marks a rite of passage from student to practitioner. But the coat itself has become controversial despite or because of its history. The White Coat transmits a range of affective and performative traits, such as the authority of specialized medical knowledge, modern technoscience, the taking of the Hippocratic Oath, purity, hygiene, and whiteness. 

This workshop is an opportunity to remake or unmake the white lab coat in order to challenge the cultural implications from the perspective of a variety of human perspectives to include racial justice, disability aesthetics, and health equity. How might makers and unmakers engage the not-so-small issue of the uniform aesthetic of the coat that masks human experience? The white coat serves as a beginning to a longer conversation about new rituals and practices to support the mental health and well-being of humans and nonhumans.

In this immersive workshop each of you will receive a White Lab Coat. Your task is to radically transform this given artifact through careful and quick acts of making, unmaking, and remaking. We will provide a suite of tools, materials, and suggested techniques for transformation. All you need to bring is a pair of scissors, your design energy, and some imaginative curiosity!

While all are welcome, the workshop is capped at 50 people so please RSVP by Monday, September 6th at 5:00pm.

We aim to make this event as accessible as possible. We will have a crew on hand to help with making and working with you to bring your concepts and ideas to fruition!

Food and drinks provided with a DJ set by the Maize Collective.

If you have specific questions please contact: Prof. Robert Adams: robadams@umich.edu.



September 9, 2021
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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