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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.

Spring 2019 Schedule

  • Guest Presentation: Sylvia Villarreal, Thursday, January 24, 5:30 p.m.

    Thursday, January 24, 2019
    5:30 p.m.
    Honors Commons 

    Guest Presentation: Sylvia Sullivan Villareal, M.Ed., M.P.H.

    Sylvia Sullivan Villarreal, M.Ed., M.P.H. reading a personal narrative, “Call and Response: When Communication Heals”. Villarreal, facilitates the Sacred Vocation Program for medical residents at McGovern Medical School’s Center for Humanities and Ethics. Her long history of working with and observing physicians sparked her lifelong interest in the art of healing. She also enjoys writing, primarily essays and poetry, some of which have appeared in JAMA, Annals of Internal Medicine, and Journal of Medical Humanities.

    Refresments will be served.

     

  • Round Table: Tuesday, January 29, 12 p.m.

    Tuesday, January 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, February 12, 12 p.m.

    Tuesday, February 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.

  • Round Table: Tuesday, February 19, 12 p.m.

    Tuesday, February 19, 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.

  • Quack, a play at the Alley Theatre, Thursday, February 28, 7:15pm

    Thursday, February 28, 2019
    7:15 p.m.
    Alley Theatre

    Quack

    Overview of the play: Millions of women across America rely on Dr. Irving Baer and his daytime talk show to help them lose weight, manifest their destinies, and take their health into their own hands. Then, a take-down piece of journalism goes viral, leaving his career hanging in the balance, his marriage on the rocks, and his carefully maintained public persona in peril. In the frenzy of crisis management that follows, one thing becomes clear…if Irving Baer is going to fall from grace, he’s bringing everyone else with him. Eliza Clark’s hilarious new comedy exposes the shaky foundations of the wellness industry, the fleeting nature of 21st century fame, and the relationship between the powerful men who dole out advice and the women who are supposed to receive it with a smile.

    For more information about the play: https://https://www.alleytheatre.org/plays/production-detail/quack 

    Link to reserve a free ticket available soon

  • Round Table: Tuesday, March 5, 12 p.m.

    Tuesday, March 5, 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.

  • Medflix: TBD, March 20, 6pm

    Wednesday, March 20, 2019
    6:00 p.m.
    Honors Commons

    Movie Night – TBD

    Pizza and other refresments will be served.

  • Reading: Carmen Gimenez Smith and Fady Joudah, Monday, March 25, 7:15 p.m.

    Monday, March 25, 2019
    7:15 p.m.
    Stude Concert Hall, Rice University

    Inprint Reading: Carmen Gimenez Smith and Fady Joudah

    For more information about this reading, visit: https://inprinthouston.org/event/inprint-carmen-gimenez-smith-fady-joudah-reading/

    Poetry reading followed by an on-stage interview – conducted by memoirist/performance poet/actress/educator Jasminne Mendez– plus a book sale and signing.

    To receive a free ticket, please visit the Inprint table in the lobby. Free parking in surface lots 2 and 3 (beside soccer fields)
  • Round Table: Tuesday, March 26, 12 p.m.

    Tuesday, March 26, 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, April 9, 12 p.m.

    Tuesday, April 9, 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.

  • Off Script: Stories from the Heart of Medicine, Thursday, April 11, 5:30 p.m.

    Thursday, April 11, 2019
    5:30 p.m.
    Baylor College of Medicine

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

    To submit a story, visit https://www.bcm.edu/centers/medical-ethics-and-health-policy/community/narrative-medicine/off-script

    Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

  • Round Table: Tuesday, April 23, 12 p.m.

    Tuesday, April 23, 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.