Texas Institute for Literary and Textual Studies
Texas Institute for Literary and Textual Studies
   Behind TILTS 2016-2017  

The Story

The Texas Institute for Literary and Textual Studies (TILTS) has chosen Health, Medicine, and the Humanities as its theme for 2016-17. In celebration of the Dell Medical School’s arrival on campus, our year-long programming will focus on the central importance of the arts and humanities for both understanding and affecting how health, illness, and healing are experienced. Within literary studies and related disciplines, medical humanities scholars approach these topics with a particular emphasis on questions of representation, cultural history, and cultural difference. By the same token, education in the health professions increasingly draws on literature, visual arts, philosophy, theater, and related endeavors to recapture the human dimensions of illness and its treatment. The 2016-17 schedule of events has been designed to appeal to a broad audience of health practitioners, scholars, students, and other members of the University and Central Texas communities. We hope that you will join us!

Upcoming Events



Symposium on Disabilities Studies

Featuring: Mel Chen, UC Berkeley /// Nirmala Everelles, University of Alabama /// Alison Kafer, Southwestern University /// Julie Passanante Elman, University of Missouri

Time: 1-5pm

Location: Room 2.206 (multipurpose room), Gordon White Building (GWB) (UT Austin campus)




Lecture by Anthony Ryan Hatch

Featuring: Anthony Ryan Hatch, Wesleyan University

Time: 4:30pm-6:00pm

Location: TBA

Details: Professor Hatch will be giving a talk drawn from his book Blood Sugar: Racial Pharmacology and Food Justice in Black America (University of Minnesota Press, 2016). For more information, please visit the English Department's website.





Speaker: Karla Holloway, Duke University School of Law and Department of English

Cancellation details:



Medical Humanities Symposium
From left to right: Professor Catherine Belling, Professor Rita Charon, Professor Alvan Ikoku, and Professor Andrea Charise at the Medical Humanities Symposium

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

Death as Phenomenon photo
Professor Alan Friedman (left) and Dr. Craig Hurwitz, M.D. (right) at the Death as a Cultural and Medical Phenomenon event

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