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Real Life Film Series



TML Learning Center at Hunton Student Center, room 209
1110 E. Broad Street, Richmond, Va. 23298


Students, faculty, staff and health professionals are invited to take a break to enjoy engaging documentaries on health science topics followed by discussion about how the film relates to current work at VCU and impacts global health.

Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences selects documentary films relevant to current events for a lunchtime showing. New for this year's film series, guests with expertise in the topic will join in for lively discussions about the science and content explored in the film.

Fun and informative, the Real Life series connects you to ideas and others in the VCU medical academic community. Bring your lunch.

Films are selected from the VCU Libraries collection and may be checked out at Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences, 509 N. 12th St.

Schedule of Screenings

Sept. 10 Ebola: The Search for a Cure
The Ebola virus. No one knows exactly where it comes from, but one thing is certain: It's one of the globe's most virulent infections.
Oct. 8 The Story of Medicine: Pain, Pus & Poison (Part I: Pain)
Pain has a profound effect on us. For centuries, the challenge has been to find something that will lessen or even switch off these sensations to bring us relief.
Nov. 12 Sentimental Women Need Not Apply: A History of the American Nurse
Trace the history of nursing from its military beginnings to the present. Visit the Tompkins-McCaw Library and explore historical collections from the National Library of Medicine's "Pictures of Nursing" traveling exhibit Oct. 26–Dec. 5, 2015.
Feb. 11 The Angry Heart: The Impact of Racism on Heart Disease Among African-Americans
This film analyzes the impact of depression, stress and diet on heart disease. These lifestyle issues are inseparable from poverty, segregation, sub-standard education and day-to-day tensions of racism.
March 17 Life, Death and Mistakes
We are all human; we are all fallible; and we all make mistakes. This film investigates how science is revolutionizing our understanding of what it is to be human. Also explore the National Library of Medicine's "Frankenstein" traveling exhibit at Tompkins-McCaw Library March 14–April 23, 2016.
April 14 Secrets of a Long Life
In a remote valley in Ecuador, men and women of very short stature appear to be protected from cancer and diabetes. Why do they have reduced rates of incidence?
May 12 The Waiting Room
Go behind the doors of an American public hospital struggling to care for largely uninsured patients. Engaging discussion led by Diane Dodd-McCue, D.B.A. will follow the film screening.


This series is a partnership between VCU Libraries and University Student Commons and Activities.

Image: Scanning electron micrograph of Ebola virus budding from the surface of a Vero cell (African green monkey kidney epithelial cell line), 12 August 2014, 10:32, from NIAID


VCU Libraries

James Branch Cabell Library Monroe Park Campus
901 Park Ave., Box 842033
Richmond, VA 23284-2033
Toll-free: (844) 352-7399
(804) 828-1111
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Tompkins-McCaw Library MCV Campus
509 N. 12th St., Box 980582
Richmond, VA 23298-0582
Toll-free: (844) 352-7399
(804) 828-0636

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