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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 2019 Schedule

  • Round Table: Tuesday, September 3, 12 p.m.

    Tuesday, September 3, 2019
    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 17, 12 p.m.

    Tuesday, September 17, 2019
    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.

  • Art of Observation, Museum of Fine Arts, September 19, 5:30 to 7 p.m.

    Thursday, September 19, 2019
    5:30 p.m.
    Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

    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 15 students. RSVP here

     

  • Round Table: Tuesday, October 1, 12 p.m.

    Tuesday, October 1, 2019
    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.

  • Reading: Christie Watson, Monday, October 7, 6 to 8 p.m.

    Monday, October 7, 2019
    6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    The Health Museum

    Watson, a British writer and retired nurse, will discuss and read from her memoir, The Language of Kindness: A Nurse’s Story. Her memoir was named one of the Best Books of 2018 by The Guardianand The Sunday Times. Her first novel, Tiny Sunbirds Far Away, won the 2011 Costa Award.

    “With grit and wisdom, this memoir of life as a nurse encompasses birth, death, and the unpredictable workings of minds and bodies in between. . . . Watson, who worked in British hospitals for twenty years before becoming a novelist, recounts the crises, triumphs, and uncertainties inherent in nursing others.” —The New Yorker

    This reading is a Narrative Medicine in the TMC event, a series co-sponsored by Rice University, Baylor College of Medicine, and the UH Medicine and Society Program.

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  • Round Table: Tuesday, October 15, 12 p.m.

    Tuesday, October 15, 2019
    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, October 29, 12 p.m.

    Tuesday, October 29, 2019
    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 12, 12 p.m.

    Tuesday, November 12, 2019
    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.

  • Offscript: Stories from the Heart of Medicine, Thursday, November 14, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

    Thursday, November 14, 2019
    5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
    McGovern Medical School
    Room TBA

    The Texas Medical Center’s storytelling hour, Off Script is a collaboration between McGovern Medical School’s Center for Humanities and Ethics, Baylor College of Medicine’s Narrative Medicine Program, and the UH Medicine and Society Program.

  • Medflix: Nocturnal Animals, November 21, 6 p.m.

    Thursday, November 21, 2019
    6:00 p.m.
    Honors Commons

    Movie Night Nocturnal Animals (2016)

    Susan is a successful art-gallery owner whose idyllic life is marred by the constant traveling of her second husband. While he is away, she is shaken by the arrival of a novel by her first husband, who she has not seen in years. The novel tells of a teacher who finds a trip with his family in west Texas turning into a nightmare. As Susan reads the story, she is forced to confront dark truths about her past.

    Pizza and other refreshments will be served.

     

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