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A Medical Humanities Film Series, Spring 2017

Sponsored by Medical and Health Humanities.

We will be exploring the medical humanities in film in a two-part series sponsored by the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, the Society of Fellows and the Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University.

Monday, January 29 – Swim Team
We’ll be joined by the film director, Lara Stolman, MHH writer Kathryn Cai (whose review of Swim Team you can read here!) and Rachel Adams (Columbia English and the director of the Future of Disability Studies project).

Thursday, March 8 – Into the Light
6:15 to 8:15 – Screening, conversation, and Q&A with the film director.


Explorations in the Medical Humanities Lecture Series, Spring 2018

We’ve asked scholars from around the world to visit New York this Spring and participate in a lecture series at the Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University. (The full program is listed here.) All talks begin at 6:00 pm.

February 5 –  Sari Altschuler (Northeastern), timed with the release of her book The Medical Imagination: Literature and Health in the Early United States (UPenn Press). Branka Arsic (Columbia English) responds and  Arden Hegele moderates.

February 26 – Ahmed Ragab (Harvard Divinity School), on “‘House for King and Slave’: Patients and Medical Practice in the Medieval Islamic Hospital.” Marwa Elshakry (Columbia History) responds and Lan Li moderates.

April 2 –  Alisha Rankin (Tufts), on “Testing the Panacea: Poison Antidotes, Alchemy, and the Problem of Proof in Early Modern Europe.” Kavita Sivaramakrishnan (Columbia History) responds and Heidi Hausse moderates.

April 23 – Roger Grant (Wesleyan), on “The Musical Origins of Contemporary Affect Theory.” Benjamin Steege (Columbia Music) responds and Carmel Raz moderates.

Art Exhibit: The Beautiful Brain: Cajal Drawings

Jan 9-Mar 39: The Beautiful Brain: The Drawings of Santiago Ramón Y Cajal (Exhibition): Grey Art Gallery, New York University, 100 Washington Sqaure East, New York NY 10003 Embroidering Medicine Workshop, 6pm-8:30.

Books, Health and History: New York Academy of Medicine

Spring 2018 Events
New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Ave at 103rd St

First Monday Tours: Join us on the first Monday of every month (excluding holidays) to see highlights from the collection in the Drs. Barry and Bobbi Coller Rare Book Reading Room. 12 pm, meet in the Academy lobby.

Jan 24: The John K. Lattimer Lecture: “The Obesity Epidemic and Fast Food Marketing to African Americans,” 6-7:30pm

Jan 27: Bibliography Week Lecture: “The Moon, Indian Medicine, and Scientific Racism,” 6-7:30pm

Jan 31: The Origins of Public Museums: Hans Sloane’s Collections and the Creation of the British Museum, 6-7:30pm

Feb 21: Navigating Care for the Most Vulnerable, 6-7:30pm

Mar 6: The Iago Galdston Lecture: “Who Needs a Doctor?: The Challenge of National Negro Health Week to the Medical Establishment” 6-7:30pm

Mar 15: Eighth Annual History of Medicine and Public Health Night, 6-7:30pm

Apr 24: Annual Friends of the Rare Book Room Lecture: “Reading Vesalius Across the Ages,” 6-7:30pm

Jun 28: Hormones, Heroes and Hucksters, 6-7:30pm

Conference Registration: “Madness in Pop Culture”

A two-day medical humanities conference to be held at the University of Edinburgh on 3rd and 4th May 2018. In conjunction with the Edinburgh Filmhouse, the conference organizers are hosting a public film screening that depicts mental illness. Register by February 2 at

Call for Papers: 9th Annual Hippocrates Poetry and Medicine Symposium

Poetry Foundation and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (Chicago, Illinois) — May 10-11, 2018

Proposals (up to 500 words, for 15 minute presentations or posters) should address any work at the intersection of poetry and medicine. To submit a proposal: Submissions due March 1, 2018.

New group: Medical Humanities at Humanities Commons

For scholars working on questions about medicine, healing, health, and illness using theories and methods from the humanities, fine and performing arts, and social sciences. All area studies (Asia, Africa, Europe, North America, etc.) are welcome.

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