We encourage all participants (in-person and virtual) to actively engage with the symposium's events and speakers.  If you're on Twitter, be sure to use our designated symposium hashtag: #UIHealthHum.

All events take place in the College of Public Health Building.

Friday April 4th

8:45-9:15am Registration and Light Breakfast, 1st Floor Atrium

9:15-9:30am Welcome, Teresa Mangum, Director, Obermann Center for Advanced Studies and Sue Curry, Dean, College of Public Health, N120 CPH                         

9:30-11:00am Session 1: What is the Health Humanities?, N120 CPH

Welcome, Introductions, and Moderator:  Andrea Charise, Postdoctoral Fellow-in-Residence, Obermann Center for Advanced Studies

1) Tess Jones: “Oh, the humanit(ies)! Dissent, Danger, Democracy”

Director of the Arts and Humanities in Healthcare Program for the Center for Bioethics and Humanities
& Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Colorado Denver

How do we make the case for including the humanities in healthcare, through curriculum, educational programs, research, and publication? Professor Jones discusses the development of humanities scholarship and teaching inside and outside the United States.

2) Paul Crawford, “Defining and Applying Health Humanities”

Director of the Centre for Social Futures, Institute of Mental Health & Director of Nottingham Health Humanities, The University of Nottingham

What is “health humanities,” and how should we imagine its appliedness in the public and political sphere? Professor Crawford considers the impact agenda of health humanities as a timely, public movement.

11:00-11:15am Break

11:15-12:45pm Mind and Body: Arts, Humanities, and Health Initiatives at the University of Iowa, N120 CPH

Introductions and Moderator: Christopher Merrill, Director, International Writing Program and Professor, Department of English

Martin Dyar, “Poetry and the Pursuit of Medical Humanity”

Poet and Creative Writing Fellow, UI International Writers Program & Lecturer in Medical Humanities, Trinity College School of Medicine, Dublin

Jason T. Lewis, “Balancing the Personal and Professional: The Humanities as a Pathway to Informed Living”

Director, Writing and Humanities Program, UI Carver College of Medicine& Conference Director, The Examined Life Conference and Managing editor, The Examined Life Journal

Chuck Swanson, “Hancher Auditorium Healthcare Projects: Bringing Health and Illness to the Stage”

Executive Director, UI Hancher Auditorium

Amy Richard, “Hand Papermaking: A Dynamic Tool for the Healing Arts Community”

MFA Candidate, University of Iowa’s Center for the Book & Peace Paper Project collaborator

With paper-making demonstration by Mary Patton, current MA candidate in Studio Arts, Dimensional Practice-Sculpture, University of Iowa

12:45-1:45pm Lunch (provided for registered participants), 1st Floor Atrium

1:45-3:15pm Session 2: Health Humanities in Action: Narrative Medicine, N120 CPH

Introduction and Moderator: Elizabeth Heineman, Professor, Departments of History, and Gender, Women's & Sexuality Studies

Maura Spiegel, "Narrative Medicine: Close Reading and Writing -and Relatedness"

Associate Professor of English at Columbia University & Founding member, Program in Narrative Medicine at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons

What is narrative medicine, and how can such exercises be a part of culture change in medical education and in the healthcare workplace?  Professor Spiegel introduces attendees to one of the methods in Narrative Medicine through a close-reading and prompted writing exercise, followed by a discussion of the challenges of being an outsider, coming from the humanities to teach medical students, and how this outsider status calls for pedagogical adjustments.

3:15-3:30pm Break

3:30-5:00pm Session 3: Building Zones of Discussion, N120 CPH

Introduction and Moderator:  Lauris Kaldjian, Professor, Internal Medicine, Program in Bioethics and Humanities, College of Medicine

Susan Merrill Squier, “Graphic Medicine in the Health Humanities”

Julia Gregg Brill Professorship of Women's Studies and English at Pennsylvania State University & Co-editor, Graphic Medicine book series (Pennsylvania State UP)

How can comics, graphic memoirs, and medical images contribute to conversations about health, illness, disability and caregiving? Professor Squier illustrates the international rise of “graphic medicine” in the last decade.

5:00-6:30pm:  Evening Reception, 1st Floor Atrium

Saturday April 5th

9:30-10:00am Registration and Light Breakfast, 1st Floor Atrium

10:00-11:30am Session 4: Curricular Initiatives and Communities of Practice, N120 CPH

Introductions and Moderator:  Kathleen Edwards, Chief Curator, University of Iowa Museum of Art

Anna Willieme, “ArtMed inSight: Using Art to Enhance Visual Diagnostic and Communication Skills”

Visual artist and Creator-Director of ArtMed inSight

How can visual art present unique opportunities to enhance medical education? Anna Willieme provides a hands-on, interactive demonstration of the ArtMed inSight program, a pioneering arts-based training program for medical students, physicians, and health care professionals.

11:30-1:00pm Agenda Lunch (Topic TBA), 1st Floor Atrium

Welcome:  Dan Reed, Vice President for Research and Economic Development

(light lunch provided for registered participants)

1:00-2:30pm Session 5: Pedagogy and Program Building, N120 CPH

Introduction and Moderator:  Marquis Berry, Assistant Professor of Classics

Erin G. Lamb, “Rethinking Our Charge: Health Humanities for Undergraduates”

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Humanities & Director of the Center for Literature and Medicine, Hiram College

What are the challenges and benefits of mounting health humanities programming at the undergraduate level, from administration and tenure to common curricula and assessment? Professor Lamb presents several model strategies for program-building and specific curricular goals for pre-professional students.

2:45-4:15pm Keynote Roundtable: “Designing the Future of Health Humanities” with Tess Jones, Paul Crawford, Maura Spiegel, Susan Squier, Anna Willieme and Erin G. Lamb., N120 CPH

Moderator:  Andrea Charise, Postdoctoral Fellow-in-Residence, Obermann Center for Advanced Studies

Where to from here? Our six keynotes participate in an open round-table discussion on the future of health humanities.