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Symposium on medical humanities Feb. 21-22


A symposium on medical humanities will be held Thursday and Friday, Feb. 21-22, in 2 Upham Hall. The symposium, sponsored by the Humanities Center, "will explore the connective tissues between the sciences and the humanities, engaging faculty and students in discussions about the role of the humanities in medical education," said Tim Melley, director of the Humanities Center.

The symposium features presentations by invited scholars and humanities faculty; round table discussions will be led by science and humanities faculty and medical doctors.

Invited scholars and their presentations are:

Thursday, Feb. 21:
5 p.m.: Brooke Holmes, associate professor of classics at Princeton University, “Tragedy, Medicine and the Ethics of Caring for the Body In Ancient Greece;”

Friday, Feb. 22:
• 9 a.m.: Julia Hawkins, assistant professor of classics at Ohio State University, “‘Classics” and Narrative Medicine: What We Can Learn From the Past;”

• 10:15 a.m.: Lynda Payne, associate professor of history and medical humanities and bioethics at the University of Missouri, “The Best Surgeon in England: Percival Pott, 1714-88;”

• 4 p.m.: Gianna Pomata, professor of the history of medicine at Johns Hopkins University, “Milk Dripping From Venus’s Breast: Lactation and Sexuality in the Art and Medicine of the Renaissance.”

• A roundtable discussion will be held 2:45 - 3:45 p.m.

For more details refer to the symposium poster below.

The symposium is sponsored by the Humanities Center with support from the departments of classics, English, comparative religion, history and philosophy, and the Mallory-Wilson Center for Healthcare Education.


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