Humanities Institute

Health & Humanities Research Seminar with Dr. Lynn Harter on "Narratives, Health and Healing"

Mon, February 11, 2019 | University of Texas Club, 2108 Robert Dedman Drive, Austin, TX 78712

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Dr. Lynn Harter
Dr. Lynn Harter

This Spring the Humanities Institute continues to host a series of monthly Health & Humanities Research Seminars in partnership with Dell Medical School. A follow-up to the Spring 2018 Pop-Up Institute, the seminars are intended to engage scholars and practitioners across the health and humanities disciplines in research-oriented dialogue. 

The February seminar took place on February 11th at the University of Texas Club and featured a presentation from Dr. Lynn Harter, Professor and Co-Director of the Barbara Geralds Institute for Storytelling and Social Impact in the Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University. Dr. Harter's presentation was entitled "Narratives, Health, and Healing: Exploring the Therapeutic Potential of Storytelling in Health Contexts."

Abstract:
Stories matter. People engage in storytelling to account for expectations gone awry, reconstruct identities in the aftermath of tragedy, and foster social change. This interactive discussion will be guided by questions including: How does storytelling foster resilience among individuals living in vulnerable bodies? How do narrative logics function in therapeutic contexts? Under what conditions can storytelling foster empowerment in healthcare organizing?

About the Guest Speaker:
Dr. Harter is a Professor and Co-Director of the Barbara Geralds Institute for Storytelling and Social Impact in the Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University. Her work focuses on the communicative construction of possibility as individuals and groups organize for survival and social change amidst profound vulnerability. She co-produced and directed an Emmy-award winning PBS documentary series titled The Courage of Creativity. She has published over 75 journal articles and book chapters and edited three scholarly books.

Seating for the seminar is limited. RSVP HERE to reserve a spot today, or contact Dr. Phillip Barrish for more information.

Sponsored by: The Humanities Institute through the Sterling Clark Holloway Centennial Lectureship

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