Medical Humanities in Times of Crisis


18:30 Uhr

Online-Veranstaltung auf Zoom

The importance of the Medical Humanities has never been more apparent than it has been during the coronavirus crisis. The pandemic has shown that human connection, social bonds, and creative expression play a powerful role in shaping our health outcomes, as do the intersectional legacies of historical injustices, societal inequality, and cultures of discrimination. Medical Humanities exposes these patterns in our health and illness experiences, while offering new pathways to intervene and improve the well-being of our communities. In this talk, Professor Ostherr will discuss the ways that Medical Humanities have developed translational practices that bring novel insights and methods to frontline pandemic responses, highlighting the importance of collaboration across fields of scholarship and practice, particularly across humanities, engineering, clinical practice, and community partnership. Professor Ostherr’s lecture will feature numerous real-world examples of translational work that brings together methods and insights from the humanities to help address the profound challenges of global crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic and the intersecting climate crisis. These translational projects offer new ways for students and researchers in the humanities to contribute to solving some of the most pressing problems facing the world today, and they offer perspectives on how to address new challenges such as restrictions on women's reproductive rights, gun violence and other societal issues.

Meeting-ID: 862 8810 5225

Referentin: Kirsten Ostherr, PhD, MPH, Rice University

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