April 13-14, 2018

Medical Humanities: From Campus to Communities is an interdisciplinary conference designed to foster conversations among scholars and other stakeholders about our diverse goals in promoting the medical humanities and their potential consequences for existing cultures of medicine. The conference will feature two kinds of sessions:

Plenaries. The first will be with Tod Chambers, a professor of medical education at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University (Friday morning). The second will be with Brooke Holmes, the Robert F. Goheen Professor of the Humanities and Professor of Classics at Princeton University (Saturday morning).

Panels. We will have five sessions centered on critical spaces where illness, health, and healing intersect: the page, the screen, the bedside, the classroom, and the community. In each session, speakers will give short talks (7 minutes) designed to provoke discussion with their fellow panelists and with the audience. The panelists will respond to one (or more) of the following prompts:

  • What are the overarching educational goals, both theoretical and practical, for the medical humanities
  • What difference can the medical humanities make in contemporary culture(s) of medicine and their effects on illness and treatment, medical research, death and dying, and other matters?
  • What are the opportunities and constraints of working in/by/through your critical space?
  • How does your figurative or literal location challenge students’ (and our) perspectives on the definition(s) of illness and healing, and on the goals of health care
  • What concrete situation(s)—texts, experiences, challenges—shed significant light on your critical space?

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Humanities and the Arts Discovery Theme; Project Narrative; The Department of English; The Department of French and Italian; The Wexner Center for the Arts; The Department of History; Popular Culture Studies; College of Medicine Humanism and the Arts Group.

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