College of Liberal Arts

Putting Stories to Work: Why and How Sharing Stories Promotes Health

Monday May 21, 2018 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM | Blanton Museum of Art Auditorium

On May 21, Dr. Annie Brewster, a physician and the founder and executive director of Health Story Collaborative in Cambridge, Massachusetts, will lecture on “Putting Stories to Work: Why and How Sharing Stories Promotes Health.”

Dr. Annie Brewster will share her perspective on the importance of storytelling within healthcare. Specifically, she will share her knowledge, both personal and scientific, on why stories promote health, as well as practical guidance on how to use storytelling as a therapeutic tool.

Dr. Brewster is the Founder and Executive Director of Health Story Collaborative, a forum for sharing stories of illness and healing. Dr. Brewster is also a practicing internist at Massachussets General Hospital in Boston. In 2010, Dr. Brewster began recording patient narratives, inspired by a belief in the power of stories to improve health and the patient voice. Her work has been published on the BUR Commonhealth Blog,, the New York Times Well Blog, and in the Boston Globe and MS Focus magazine. She has additionally presented at TEDx Fenway 2014.

The Health & Humanities Pop-Up Institute is a collaboration between the Office of the Vice President of Research and the Humanities Institute at the University of Texas at Austin through the following endowments: the Holloway Centennial Lectureship, the Hoffman Centennial Lectureship, the Kidd Centennial Lectureship, and the Ho Distinguished Lecture in China Studies Endowment. Additional support comes from the College of Liberal Arts, the Department of English, and the Dell Medical School.

This event is free and open to the public. 

For more information regarding the Health and Humanities PUI times, locations, and parking, visit the following site: 


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