Eastwood Humanities Collection

About the Collection

In a ceremony on June 29, 2006, The Syracuse Medical Alumni Association dedicated the gift of the “Dr. Gregory Eastwood Humanities Collection” to President Eastwood in honor of his many years of support to the Alumni Association and service to the Health Science Center. At the dedication ceremony, on behalf of the Medical Alumni Association, Medical Alumni Board member Dr. Ruth Hart, presented Dr. Eastwood with the initial works that would be in the collection, specially selected for him by his family. Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.6, Verdi’s Requiem, works by Steinbeck and Spinoza, as well as both the book and film version of his favorite novel, Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird, were among the works presented.

The collection is comprised of works of literature, art, film and music available to medical students as well as the Upstate Medical University community at large. In addition to honoring Dr. Eastwood, the collection is intended to serve as a resource for student enrichment in and enjoyment of the humanities in a relaxed setting that can offer a refreshing and worthwhile timeout from intense study.


The Eastwood collection is housed in the front room on the first floor of the Health Science Library.


Alumni are invited to make suggestions for works that could be donated to the collection. The Dr. Gregory Eastwood Collection offers the opportunity to share with today’s medical students a particular piece of literature, film, art or music that has had an impact on you. If you choose to donate a work to the collection, it will be labeled with a dedication bookplate in acknowledgement of your generosity.

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#1 Unflattening / Nick Sousanis.
Sousanis, Nick, illustrator.
Book. 193 p.
193 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
"The primacy of words over images has deep roots in Western culture. But what if the two are inextricably linked, equal partner..., pitting realism against abstraction and making us aware that more meets the eye than is presented on the page."--Amazon.com.

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#2 Tangles : a story about Alzheimer's, my mother, and me / Sarah Leavitt.
Leavitt, Sarah, 1969-
Book. 127 p.
New York : Skyhorse Publishing, ©2012.
127 p. : chiefly ill. portrait ; 27 cm.
"What do you do when your outspoken, passionate and quick-witted mother starts fading into a forgetful, fearful woman? In this ...of moments, memories and dreams to reveal a bond between a mother and a daughter that will never come apart"--Page 4 of cover.

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#3 Perishability fatigue : forays into environmental loss and decay / Vincent Bruyère.
Bruyère, Vincent, author.
Book. xxi, 156 p.
xxi, 156 p. ; 23 cm.
The Svalbard Global Seed Vault project is an arctic archive designed to preserve the world's agricultural biodiversity. What do...nability science by developing a new language to commemorate fatigue and transience in a culture of preparedness and survival.

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#4 Esopus 22 : medicine / [editor, Tod Lippy].
Book. 230 p
Brooklyn, New York : The Esopus Foundation Ltd., 2015.
230 p : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 30 cm.

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#5 The twelve gifts for healing / by Charlene Costanzo ; illustration by Alexis Seabrook.
Costanzo, Charlene.
Book. 1 volume (unpaged)
New York : HarperResource, ©2004.
1 volume (unpaged) : ill.(col.) ; 21 x 23 cm.

#6 Gattaca / Columbia Pictures presents a Jersey Films production ; a film by Andrew Niccol.
Culver City, CA : Columbia TriStar Home Video, ©1998.
1 videodisc (approximately 106 min.) : sound, color ; 12 in.
Story about an all-too-human man who dares to defy a system obsessed with genetic perfection. Vincent is an "In-Valid," who ass...in pursuit and the colleague he has fallen in love with beginning to suspect his deception, Vincent's dreams steadily unravel.

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#7 The lonesome gods / Louis L'Amour.
L'Amour, Louis, 1908-1988.
Book. 450 p.
New York : Bantam Books, 1983.
450 p. : map. ; 24 cm.
Left to die by his vengeful grandfather, rescued by outlaws, and raised by Native Americans, Johannes Verne is strengthened by his love for two women and his ambition to survive on the Palm Springs desert.

#8 E agora? Lembra-me = What now? Remind me / C.R.I.M. e Presente Edições de Autor ; um filme ...
1 videodisc (172 min.) : sound, col. with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
While undergoing a year of experimental drug treatments for HIV and hepatitis C, Portuguese filmmaker Joaquim Pinto looks back at his life in cinema, at his friendships and loves, and at the mysteries of art and nature.

#9 Girl rising / 10x10 & The Documentary Group ; Vulcan Productions ; in association with CNN Fi...
1 videodisc (103 min.) : sound, col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (12 unnumbered p. : col. ill. ; 18 cm.)
A documentary describing the education of nine girls from nine developing countries.

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#10 Open gate : an anthology of Haitian Creole poetry / edited by Paul Laraque and Jack Hirschman...
Book. xxi, 235 p.
Willimantic, Conn. : Curbstone Press, 2001.
xxi, 235 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
A bilingual collection of modern Haitian Creole poetry.