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Medicine and the Arts Series

Connecting the visual, literary, and performing arts to the meanings of illness and caregiving

This annual series includes readings, movies, round table discussions, and trips to museums and theaters. Open to all students, the events are a rich, co-curricular opportunity for pre-health professionals and those in the Medicine and Society Program. For more information, contact the series director, Dr. Woods Nash, at mwnash@uh.edu.

Fall 2017 Schedule

  • Round Table: Tuesday, August 29, 2017, 12 p.m.

    Tuesday, August 29th, 2017
    12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
    Honors Commons

    Round Table – A laidback discussion of podcasts, paintings, poems, and other portrayals of illness and medical care. To spark conversation, feel free to share song lyrics, an ad, or short fiction—anything that soothes or itches. Bring your own lunch.

  • Round Table: Tuesday, September 12, 2017, 12 p.m.

    Tuesday, September 12th, 2017
    12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
    Honors Commons

    Round Table – A laidback discussion of podcasts, paintings, poems, and other portrayals of illness and medical care. To spark conversation, feel free to share song lyrics, an ad, or short fiction—anything that soothes or itches. Bring your own lunch.

  • Round Table: Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 12 p.m.

    Tuesday, September 19th, 2017
    12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
    Honors Commons

    Round Table – A laidback discussion of podcasts, paintings, poems, and other portrayals of illness and medical care. To spark conversation, feel free to share song lyrics, an ad, or short fiction—anything that soothes or itches. Bring your own lunch.

  • Medflix: Thursday, September 21, 2017, 7 p.m.

    Thursday, September 21st, 2017
    7:00 p.m.
    Honors Large Classroom

    Medflix – Join us for Pan’s Labyrinth (2006), refreshments, and discussion

  • Round Table: Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 12 p.m.

    Tuesday, October 10th, 2017
    12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
    Honors Commons

    Round Table – A laidback discussion of podcasts, paintings, poems, and other portrayals of illness and medical care. To spark conversation, feel free to share song lyrics, an ad, or short fiction—anything that soothes or itches. Bring your own lunch.

  • The Art of Observation: Thursday, October 12, 2017, 6 p.m.

    Thursday, October 12th, 2017
    6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
    Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

    The Art of Observation – Led by Dr. Kelley Magill (University Programs Specialist at the MFAH), this foray in the exhibit space helps students, as she puts it, “hone their observation skills, practice accurate description, develop empathetic communication, and explore how emotions and bias can affect objective observations.”

    Meet at the MFAH in the lobby of the Beck Building.

    The event is free, but space is limited to 20 students.

    RSVP here by October 5th, 2017.

  • The Secret Garden: Sunday, October 22, 2017, 2 p.m.

    Sunday, October 22nd, 2017
    2:00 p.m. 
    The Hobby Center

    The Secret Garden – “a musical based on the 1911 novel of the same name by Frances Hodgson Burnett….The story is set in the early years of the 20th century. Mary Lennox, a young English girl born and raised in the British Raj, is orphaned by a cholera outbreak when she is ten years old. She is sent away from India to Yorkshire, England, to live with relatives whom she has never met. Her own personality blossoms as she and a young gardener bring new lie to a neglected garden, as well as to her sickly cousin and uncle.” –The Hobby Center

    The event is free, but space is limited to 10 students.

    RSVP here by October 15th, 2017.

  • Round Table: Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 12 p.m.

    Tuesday, October 24th, 2017
    12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
    Honors Commons

    Round Table – A laidback discussion of podcasts, paintings, poems, and other portrayals of illness and medical care. To spark conversation, feel free to share song lyrics, an ad, or short fiction—anything that soothes or itches. Bring your own lunch.

  • Guest Presentation -- Kenny Fries: Thursday, November 2, 2017, 5:30 p.m.

    Thursday, November 2nd, 2017
    5:30 p.m.
    Honors Commons

    Guest Presentation: Kenny Fries, “In the Province of the Gods: On Disability, Mortality, Sexuality, and Things Japanese”

    In his new memoir In the Province of the Gods, Kenny Fries embarks on a journey of profound self-discovery as a disabled foreigner in Japan, a society historically hostile to difference. As he visits gardens, experiences Noh and butoh, and meets artists and scholars, he also discovers disabled gods, one-eyed samurai, blind chanting priests, and A-bomb survivors. When he is diagnosed as HIV positive, all his assumptions about Japan, the body, and mortality are shaken, and he must find a way to reenter life on new terms.

    Kenny Fries received the prestigious Creative Capital literature grant for In the Province of the Gods. He is the author of Body, Remember: A Memoir and The History of My Shoes and the Evolution of Darwin’s Theory, and the editor of Staring Back: The Disability Experience from the Inside Out. He teaches in the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Goddard College.

    For more about his new memoir, go to https://www.kennyfries.com/works-2/in-the-province-of-the-gods

    This event is open to students and the general public. Refreshments will be served.

  • Round Table: Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 12 p.m.

    Tuesday, November 7th, 2017
    12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
    Honors Commons

    Round Table – A laidback discussion of podcasts, paintings, poems, and other portrayals of illness and medical care. To spark conversation, feel free to share song lyrics, an ad, or short fiction—anything that soothes or itches. Bring your own lunch.

  • Round Table: Tuesday, November 21, 2017, 12 p.m.

    Tuesday, November 21st, 2017
    12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
    Honors Commons

    Round Table – A laidback discussion of podcasts, paintings, poems, and other portrayals of illness and medical care. To spark conversation, feel free to share song lyrics, an ad, or short fiction—anything that soothes or itches. Bring your own lunch.