Salvador Dali ~ “Galatea of the Spheres”, 1952
The Galatea of the Spheres is a marvelous portrait of Salvador Dali’s wife known as Gala. Gala was born Elena Ivanovna Diakonova (7 September 1894 – 10 June 1982) in Russia, to a family of intellectuals. Dali first met Gala in 1929 while working on the film Un Chien Andalou with Luis Bunuel- Gala was the wife of another Surrealist, Paul Eluard. Salvador Dali seduced Gala away from Eluard. In 1934 Dali and Gala were married in a civil ceremony in Paris and in 1958 the church permitted a Catholic ceremony (Gala’s former husband died in 1952) and forever after she became known as Gala Éluard Dalí. Gala managed Dali’s business affairs for their entire marriage a task to which the artist was unsuited. Salvador Dali considered Gala his world and his saviour and signed many of his works with her name. <source>
such a needed campaign. i wish they’d have included native americans as well, though, as cultural appropriation of them in costumes is just as awfully common.
It’s that time of year again when these go around. And I will keep reblogging them. And if I see the joke ones I am likely to rip them apart with prejudice.
I will reblog this every year and unfollow anyone who posts joke fandom spinoffs of this very serious and important commentary.
Suicide risk reduction in medical students
Medical school is grueling so is it any wonder that medical students have high rates of burnout, depression and, tragically, suicide?
Help is on the way.
Researchers at UC San Diego School of Medicine have successfully pilot-tested a two-pronged program, called HEAR, short for Healer Education Assessment and Referral, to educate medical professionals about mental illness and to screen and help medical students at risk of suicide.
The preliminary results,reported in the October issue of Academic Psychiatry, are promising.
The implementation of the HEAR program at one medical school reduced the self-reported percentage of medical students with suicidal tendencies from 8.8 percent to 6.2 percent from 2009 to 2013, almost a 30 percent decrease over the four-year period.
The UC San Diego team also observed an increase in the percentage of at-risk students in counseling, from 11.5 percent to 15 percent during the same period, a more than 30 percent increase. This is a good sign because it means people are seeking help.
The HEAR program involves both educational lectures to de-stigmatize mental illness within the broader medical community and voluntary anonymous participation in an interactive online screening survey, developed by American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Those screened as having depression or at-risk of suicide are referred to counseling or other treatment options.
“Our goals are to educate, de-stigmatize, identify, refer and treat medical students with depression and at risk of suicide,” said Nancy Downs, MD, a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and lead author. “The next step is to follow medical students through time to document whether early intervention has lasting-long term benefits.”
More than a dozen medical schools across the nation are currently testing the HEAR program.
The statistics speak to the need: Medical students are 15 to 30 percent more likely to suffer depression than others in their age group and rates of suicide are 200 percent greater among female doctors and 40 percent greater among male doctors than other professionals.
Pictured: Image courtesy of Maryam Soltani, a first-year resident at UC San Diego in family psychiatry.
Young activists have taken to the streets and social media in protest. Hundreds have marched across America to demand justice for Michael Brown, a 19 year old unarmed black teen who was gunned down by a white police officer, and thousands have retweeted hashtags like #BringBackOurGirls, #DontShoot and #FreePalestine to draw attention to incidents of injustice. Although the public elects politicians, many times their outcries are not heard or addressed by their governors or congressmen but by artists, musicians, and authors.
There are many examples of contemporary black artists who are actively examining and critiquing our perception of the world through visual expression and revolutionary imagery. By referencing critical moments in history their work explores both the human condition and the process of human conditioning.
Top: Michael D’Antuono. “A tale of two hoodies”, oil on canvas, 30″ x 40″.
Middle: Hank Willis Thomas, “I AM A MAN”, (2009)
Bottom: Faith Ringgold, “The United States of Attica, 1971-1972”
Jane Goodall shares an important message on the need for empathy in science, and how viewing intelligent and social non-humans as “animal beings” can help us not only treat them with the respect they deserve, but also understand how their complex biology and behavior is intertwined with our own.
"Don’t let small minds convince you that your dreams are too big." -Unknown
You have the power to reach for and accomplish whatever great goals you want. Don’t let anything stop you from dreaming big.