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A Week With Dr. Rita Charon

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Dr. Rita Charon

Rita Charon, MD, PhD, is a Professor of Clinical Medicine and Director of the Program in Narrative Medicine at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. A general internist with a primary care practice in Presbyterian Hospital, Dr. Charon completed her Ph.D. in English when she realized how central storytelling and listening to stories are to the work of doctors and patients. She directs the Humanities and Medicine curriculum for P&S and teaches literature, narrative ethics, and medical interviewing. She is the former editor-in-chief of the journal Literature and Medicine, and Principal Investigator on research projects that study patient-physician communication and the outcomes of narrative training for medical students and health professionals. Her work in narrative medicine has been recognized by the Association of American Medical Colleges, the American College of Physicians, the Society for Health and Human Values, and the Society of General Internal Medicine. For more about Dr. Charon's work, see here.

Dr. Charon’s visit to the University of Texas is co-sponsored by the UT Humanities Institute, which has appointed her the 2016 C.L. and Henriette Cline Centennial Visiting Professor in the Humanities


Difficult Dialogues Public Forum

Sept.

19

What is a Caring Society?

Panelists: Rita Charon, Professor of Clinical Medicine and Director of the Program in Narrative Medicine, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons /// Sheldon Ekland-Olson, Professor of Sociology /// Simone Talma Flowers, Executive Director (Interfaith Action of Central Texas)

Moderator: Barbara Jones, Professor and Associate Dean for Health Affairs School of Social Work

Time: 7pm

Location: Quadrangle Room (Texas Union)

Details: A panel discussion

Co-Sponsor(s): Humanities Institute 

Distinguished Visiting Lecture

Sept.

21

The Shock of Attention: Bodies, Stories, Healing

Speaker: Rita Charon, Professor of Clinical Medicine and Director of the Program in Narrative Medicine, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Time: 7pm

Location: Student Activity Center Auditorium (SAC 1.402)(2201 Speedway // Austin, TX 78712)

Details: A public lecture with Q&A afterwards

Co-Sponsor(s): Humanities Institute 

Public Symposium

Sept.

23

Symposium on Literature and Medicine

Featuring: Rita Charon, Professor of Clinical Medicine and Director of the Program in Narrative Medicine, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons; C.L. and Henriette Cline Centennial Visiting Professor in the Humanities /// Alvan Ikoku, Stanford University /// Catherine Belling, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine /// Andrea Charise, University of Toronto

Time: 9am-4:30pm

Location: Room 102, AT&T Conference Center (1900 University Avenue // Austin, TX 78705)

Detail(s): 


Time Event
9:00am Greetings and Introductions
9:15am The Future of the Medical Humanities: A Roundtable.

What was your path to the Medical Humanities? What do you see as the most important issues in the field over the next 5-10 years? What opportunities exist for graduate students in English and other humanities departments?
10:30am Break
10:45am Catherine Belling, "Horror as a Case Study: Weighing our Words Across Disciplinary Contexts"
1:15pm Alvan Ikoku, "Public Health Discourse in Colonial and Post-Colonial Kenya"
2:00pm Andrea Charise, "The Trouble With Stories: Graphic Medicine, Expertise, and the Scope of Health Humanities"
3:00pm Rita Charon, Keynote: "The Embodied Teller, the Embodied Listener: Touch through Language in Health Care"
4:30pm Happy Hour Reception at Gabriel's Bar & Grill in the AT&T Conference Center
 



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Medical Symposium Guests

Dr. Charon's Keynote Lecture on "The Shock of Attention." For a download of the entire lecture, click here


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