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Susannah Cahalan, Lisa Mendelman, and Dominic Sisti to Critical/Creative Studies Oct 1, 4pm CDT

When: Thursday, October 1, 2020
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Central

Where: Online

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

Contact: Jake Leveton  

Group: Department of Art History

Category: Academic


The CoVid-19: Critical/Creative Studies in Music, Image, and Text virtual seminar series returns for "Mental Health and Medical Ethics in Times of Crisis" on Thursday, October 1, 4pm CDT / 9pm UTC. 

For those new to the department, the project is a Feinberg School of Medicine grant-supported initiative bringing together artists, writers, and critics to think through the aesthetic forms and modes of engagement necessary to forge new and vital forms of solidarity in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The first virtual seminar of the fall quarter features New York Times bestselling Susannah Cahalan in dialogue with Lisa Mendelman, Assistant Professor of English and Digital Humanities at Menlo College, and Dominic Sisti, Director of the Scattergood Program for the Ethics of Behavioral Health Care and Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy at Penn.

Next week's conversation responds to how our ongoing public health crises extend from the physical to the psychological and emotional—from the psychic traumas of a raging virus and police brutality to the stress, grief, and rage wrought by systemic racism, extended isolation, economic collapse, and other institutional failures. How can we understand this interplay between mental health, physical health, and social contexts? How are our established models of individual well-being and extant systems of care implicated in these dynamics? How can critical and creative practices like public science writing and psychiatric research help us envision a more sustaining and sustainable future?

The event is free, but registration in advance is required. RSVP, here.

For more on the initiative, including artworks commissioned as part of the project, visit

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities, Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, the Office of the President at Menlo College, the Science in Human Culture Cluster at Northwestern, in addition to other supporting entities.


Image: Käthe Kollwitz (German, 1867-1945), Inspiration, 1908. Etching, soft-ground etching, and aquatint, with drypoint, on cream wove paper, 22.32 x 11.69 in. (56.70 x 29.70 cm.), Department of Prints and Drawings, The Art Institute of Chicago, Celia and David Hilliard Endowment, 2004.92. Photography by Department of Prints and Drawings



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