Humanities Institute

2016-2017 Cline Visiting Professor

Dr. Rita CharonDr. Rita Charon

In September 2016, the Humanities Institute at the University of Texas at Austin welcomed Rita Charon as its ninth C.L. and Henriette Cline Centennial Visiting Professor. The professorship was co-sponsored by the English Department and its Texas Institute for Textual and Linguistic Studies.

Dr. Charon is a physician and literary scholar. She founded and directs the Program in Narrative Medicine at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, where she is also a professor of clinical medicine.

Her innovative approach to patient care uses storytelling to create empathy and understanding between physician and patient. She is author of Narrative Medicine: Honoring the Stories of Illnessand editor-in-chief of Literature and Medicine. She is also the recipient of a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Residence and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship.

Dr. Charon was in residence at the Humanities Institute from September 19-23. While in residence, she participated in the Humanities Institute Difficult Dialogues Public Forum, "What is a Caring Society"?, held on Monday, September 19th; she delivered a Distinguished Public Lecture, “The Shock of Attention: Bodies, Stories, and Healing,” on Wednesday, September 21st; and she gave a kenynote address at the Symposium on Literature and Medicine, an all-day event organized by TILTS, on Friday, September 3rd.


"The Shock of Attention: Bodies, Stories, Healing"

HI Distinguished Visiting Public Lecture by Rita Charon


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