College of Liberal Arts

Literature, Social Justice, and the Health Care System

Monday Sep 16, 2019 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM | University of Texas Club, 2108 Robert Dedman Dr

In Fall 2019 the Humanities Institute will continue to host a series of monthly Health & Humanities Research Seminars in partnership with Dell Medical School. The seminars are intended to engage scholars and practitioners across the health and humanities disciplines in research-oriented dialogue. 

The first Fall seminar will feature a presentation by Phillip Barrish, PhD, titled "Literature, Social Justice, and the Health Care System." Dr. Barrish is Associate Director for Health and Humanities at the Humanities Institute, Tony Hilfer Professor of American and British Literature in the UT Department of English, and Professor of Medical Education at Dell Medical School. Dr. Barrish's talk will take place on September 16th at the University of Texas Club.

About the Guest Speaker:

Phillip Barrish is the author of The Cambridge Introduction to American Literary Realism (Cambridge UP, 2011), White Liberal Identity, Literary Pedagogy, and Classic American Realism (Ohio State UP, 2005) and American Literary Realism, Critical Theory, and Intellectual Prestige, 1880-1995 (Cambridge UP, 2001). His current research explores fictional representations of health-care systems in the United States from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Examples of his articles on this topic include “Environmental Illness and the Future of Health Care: Chang-Rae Lee’s On Such a Full Sea” (Journal of the Medical Humanities), “Health Care in Dystopia” (Literature and Medicine), and "The Sticky Web of Medical Professionalism: Robert Herrick’s The Web of Life and the Political Economy of Health Care at the Turn of the Century" (American Literature).

Seating for each seminar is limited and available by advance reservation. You can RSVP HERE to request a seat. Questions may be emailed to HI Program Coordinator, Kathryn North (

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