Stan Richards Professor in Creative Advertising; Temerlin Advertising Institute, SMU
Willie is the former owner/Creative Director of GroupBaronet in Dallas, and his advertising and design work has been featured in Communication Arts, Graphis, American Institute of Graphic Arts, New York Art Directors, The One Show, The Type Directors Club and many others. He was named an AIGA Fellow in 2013 for making a significant contribution to raising the standards of excellence in practice and conduct in the creative community. His long term art project WE ARE ALL HOMELESS, and the subsequent documentary SIGNS OF HUMANITY have been featured in media all over the world including NPR, HuffPost, BuzzFeed, UpWorthy, Al Jazeera and Brut. The film has been in 8 film festivals in the US and Australia, and his installations have been exhibited across the US, and in London and Cambridge, UK. Willie collaborated with Dr. Rosie Frasso at UPenn on a research project about his work that was published Fall 2017 in the American Journal of Public Health, and in another project with Dr. Frasso and her grad students at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA.
Willie teaches Intro to Creativity, Portfolio, Advanced Portfolio and various design courses at SMU in Dallas, TX.
Humanities and Ethics in Medical Education
Ruth Berggren, MD
Director, Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics; UT Health, San Antonio
Ruth Berggren, M.D., FACP, directs the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics at UT Health San Antonio. In this role, she teaches ethics and professionalism while nurturing empathy and humanitarian values. The Center focuses on four areas: ethics and professionalism; global health; community service learning; and the medical humanities (literature, music and art).
Dr. Berggren arrived at UT Health San Antonio in fall 2006 after an eventful stint at New Orleans’ Charity Hospital, where she stood by her mostly uninsured patients in the HIV ward during Hurricane Katrina until all were safely evacuated six days later. She reflected on the experience in articles published in the New England Journal of Medicine and a commencement address to the Health Science Center School of Medicine. Her determination to inspire humanism in medicine and effect change through her own experiences led to her being named director of the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics in October 2007.