Humanities Institute

Health and Humanities Pop-Up Institute Convened May 7th-30th

Thu, April 12, 2018
Health and Humanities Pop-Up Institute Convened May 7th-30th
2018 Health & Humanities Pop-Up Institute

The Health and Humanities Pop-Up Institute (PUI) convened scholars affiliated with the University of Texas Humanities Institute and the Dell Medical School to conduct an interdisciplinary exploration of the impact of humanistic approaches to medicine on patients, healthcare professionals, and the public.

The Health and Humanities PUI was a collaboration between the Office of the Vice President of Research and the Humanities Institute at UT Austin, with additional support from the College of Liberal Arts, the Department of English and the Dell Medical School. 

The PUI focused on three fields of inquiry: narrative medicine, humanistic approaches to health equity and justice, and community practice.  Four distinguished lecturers in the fields of medicine, psychology, and sociology spoke in public lectures. 

The first lecturer was Dr. Vanessa Grubbs, associate professor of medicine in the division of nephrology at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Grubbs's lecture, titled “Are We Still Worlds Apart?: Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Kidneys Transplantation,” was presented on May 9.

The next lecturer was Dr. James W. Pennebaker, Regents Centennial professor of liberal arts and executive director of Project 2021 at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Pennebaker's lecture, titled “Expressive Writing and Health: How Putting Upheavals into Words Can Affect Our Thoughts, Feelings, and Behaviors,” was presented on May 16.

The third lecturer was Dr. Annie Brewster, a physician and the founder and executive director of Health Story Collaborative in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Dr. Brewster's lecture, titled “Putting Stories to Work: Why and How Sharing Stories Promotes Health,” was presented on May 21.

A public symposium was held on May 30 to conclude the PUI, featuring a keynote address by Dr. Jonathan Metzl, director of the Center for Medicine, Health, and Society, at Vanderbilt University. His keynote lecture was titled "Structural Competency, Five Years On: Tracking a New Medical Approach to Stigma and Inequality."

For more information regarding the Health and Humanities PUI, visit the following site: https://liberalarts.utexas.edu/humanitiesinstitute/research-initiatives/health-and-humanities/health-and-humanities-pop-up-institute.php

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