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Literature & Medicine: Humanities at the Heart of Health Care

Members of the UMMS and UMass Memorial community are invited to participate in a unique reading and discussion group, Literature & Medicine: Humanities at the Heart of Health Care. The seminar is free and will meet one evening a month, January through June 2010 on Wednesday, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. In this powerful and innovative program, which has received national recognition, participants will read works of fiction, poetry and nonfiction selected to encourage exploration of the intricate nature of caregivers’ relationships with patients and each other. With the guidance of experienced facilitator and humanities scholar Patrick Ireland, PhD, associate professor of English at the College of the Holy Cross, discussions will center on issues raised by the readings that are central to the human face of providing health care. All books (on loan), other reading materials and a light supper will be provided as part of the program, which is sponsored by the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities with a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Sessions are scheduled for the following Wednesdays in 2010:
  • Jan. 20 (snow date: Jan. 27)
  • Feb. 10 (snow date: Feb. 17)
  • March 10 (snow date: March 17)
  • April 14
  • May 12
  • June 16
The goal is to bring together a group that is small enough for everyone to participate actively in discussion, representing as many different parts of the UMMS–UMass Memorial community as possible. Within those guidelines, priority will be given to those who apply early. Registration is limited; the deadline is Friday, Dec. 18. For additional information or to register, contact. Sherly Jean-Bart in the Office of Educational Affairs at 6-5487 or by e-mail.