Wed • May

Wednesday, May 10, 2017



The New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue, New York NY, 10029

Sponsored by

The Academy Library and the Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma, a project of Columbia Journalism School


$15 General Public | $10 Friends, Fellows, Members, Seniors | Free to Students with ID

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Explore a unique perspective on post-traumatic stress disorder and war with Academy Fellow Randi Epstein as she discusses the medical and psychological aspects of conflict with two veteran war correspondents, journalist and writer Judith Matloff and photographer Robert Nickelsberg. The conversation will explore Matloff’s No Friends but the Mountains: Dispatches from the World’s Most Violent Highlands. Nickelsberg, a TIME magazine contract photographer for 25 years, accompanied Matloff on several trips. His photographs will be on display as the panel discusses capturing war images with an eye to the physical and psychological trauma suffered by soldiers and civilians.  

Books will be available for purchase at the event.

About the Speakers

Judith Matloff is adjunct professor at Columbia University Journalism School, contributing editor to Columbia Journalism Review and the recipient of Fellowships from the MacArthur Foundation, the Fulbright Program (twice), Harvard-Radcliffe College, and the South Asian Journalists Association. She has pioneered safety training for journalists around the world.

Robert Nickelsberg has been a TIME magazine contract photographer for 25 years and documented conflicts in Kashmir, Iraq, Sri Lanka, India and Afghanistan. Nickelsberg moved to New York in 2000 and continues to travel overseas, reporting on the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003. In 2008, he was awarded grants from the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, and from the South Asia Journalists Association to document and report on post-traumatic stress disorder in Kashmir after 20 years of insurgency.

Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH, is a medical writer, adjunct professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a lecturer at Yale University. Dr. Epstein worked as a medical writer for the London bureau of The Associated Press and was the London bureau chief of Physicians’ Weekly. Her articles have appeared in The New York TimesThe Washington PostThe Daily TelegraphThe Guardian, Parents, and More, among other newspapers and magazines. She is the author of Get Me Out: A History of Childbirth from the Garden of Eden to the Sperm Bank.

Event series:
Legacies of War: Medical Innovations and Impacts
The profound physical and mental destruction left in the wake of war has by necessity accelerated innovation in medicine that often led to benefits for society as a whole. The conditions of war have brought advances in surgical care, prosthetics, blood banking, antibiotics and trauma care. This series commemorates the American entry into World War I in 1917 by exploring the often-intertwined history of conflict and medical innovation, as well as the devastating and ongoing impact of war on the minds and bodies of soldiers and civilian populations.