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Past Programs | Literature & Medicine Events


Lizz Sinclair
Program Director
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Archived Program

Past Programs | Literature & Medicine Events

Literature & Medicine is a reading and discussion program for health care professionals. Over the years, Literature & Medicine has also offered conferences and events that highlight some of the broader philosophical issues facing health care professionals today.

Caring for the Caregiver, New Hampshire, 2007

This conference aimed to introduce best practices in starting and running literature and writing programs for health care professionals. Speakers included Rafael Campo, M.D., M.F.A.; Rita Charon, M.D., Ph.D.; and author Anne Fadiman.

After Shock, Washington, D.C., 2010

After Shock explored ways in which the humanities—including literature, theater and writing—can support the personal and professional development of health care professionals who work with war veterans and others who have experienced trauma. Speakers included Tim O’Brien, Jonathan Shay, and Kate Braestrup.

Outside the Wire, Maine, 2011 & 2013

Outside the Wire, a New York City-based theater troupe, presents readings of powerful literary works that are deeply engaging and spark community dialogue about pressing public issues. In Maine, they presented readings of ancient Greek plays in two different performances, “End of Life” and “Theater of War;” and debuted a commissioned reading of “A Streetcar Named Desire” for our Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative.

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Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.