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Hippocrates Poetry & Medicine Symposium, Ninth Annual

When: Friday, May 11, 2018
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM  

Where: Robert H Lurie Medical Research Center, Baldwin Auditorium, 303 E. Superior, Chicago, IL 60611 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: $175 regular/$75 students

Contact: Bryan Morrison   312.503.1927

Group: Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities Events

Category: Lectures & Meetings


In addition to readings by Mark Doty and other poets and the awarding of the 2018 international Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine, this conference will feature the following presentations:

Witnessing Illness
  • Metastatic Metaphors: Poetry, Cancer Imagery, and the Imagined Self – Lois Leveen, PhD
  • The Poet as Witness: Poetry as Mythic Construction – Sheri Reda
  • Writing the Memoir for Cancer Patients or Writing to Know Oneself Better – Wendy French, MA

Physiological and Poetic Rhythms
The Use of Poetry to Engage Echoic Memory with People Living with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia – Gary Glazner, BA
Murmur, Beat, Silence: Toward a Cardiography of Poems – Catherine Belling, PhD
The Physiology of Poetry – Eric Elshtain, BFA, MFA, PhD

Witnessing Differences
Agha Shahid Ali and the Poetics of Bio-political Witnessing – Bassam F. Sidiki, MA
Disarticulation and Disability in Bhanu Kapil’s "Humanimal" – Michelle N. Huang, PhD
Phenomenological Poetry: Navigating the Frontier of Performance, Lived Experience and Therapy in Jess Thom's Production of Beckett's “Not I” – Emily Chester, PhD

Lyric Disruptions
  • Poetic Meaning at the Edges of Medicine – Rachel Jamison Webster, MFA
  • The Personal Lyric and Medical Students: How Writing Poetry Disrupts the Hidden Curriculum – Susan J. Sample, PhD, MFA
  • “Lyric Time” in Nursing Education – Joy Jacobson, MFA

Rafael Campo and Mark Doty in Conversation

The day will also include breakfast, a mid morning break, and a lunchtime poster session.

Additional conference events include a reading on Thursday, May 10 and an optional event at the Museum of Contemporary Art on Friday, May 11 from 6:30-7pm.

For further details and a full program, please see the "More Info" link above.

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