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2013 Examined Life: Writing, Humanities and the Art of Medicine conference

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Registration has opened for the 2013 Examined Life: Writing, Humanities and the Art of Medicine conference. The conference starts on April 11, 2013. Click here for all the details, including a preliminary program which features a track on memory.

The headliners this year include:

  • Harvard Medical School's Mark Bauer. Dr. Bauer works as Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Associate Director of the VA Health Services Research Center for Organization, Leadership, and Management Research. He also founded and directs the VA's National Bipolar Disorders TeleHealth Program and is on medical staff at the VA Boston Healthcare System. Dr. Bauer's poetry has appeared in over 20 literary magazines, and he has authored over 200 scientific publications and six books, including the anthology, A Mind Apart: Poems of Melancholy, Madness, & Addiction (Oxford University Press, 2009).
  • Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons Program in Narrative Medicine's Chris Adrian. Chris Adrian is the author of three novels, Gob's Grief, The Children's Hospital, and The Great Night, and a collection of stories, A Better Angel. His short fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, The New Yorker, and Best American Short Stories, among other publications and anthologies. He trained in Pediatric Hematology-Oncology at the University of California San Francisco, holds a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School, and has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. He lives in New York and is currently the Writer in Residence for the Program in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.
  • Hilton Koppe, Family Practitioner in Lennox Head, Northern NSW, Australia, returns. Hilton graduated from University of NSW in 1982. The highlight of his medical career was spending a year as the Original Australian Traveling Barefoot Doctor, which involved a year's camping trip around Australia with his wife Sharon. During that time, Hilton travelled for 48 weeks, and did 4 weeks work, which represents what he believes to be a pretty good balance between work and play. Hilton has been involved in medical education since 1990. In recent years, he has been involved in developing programs exploring the interface between the arts and medicine, with particular emphasis on using creative writing as a tool for burnout prevention. Hilton is regularly invited to present his innovative workshops around the world. Outside work, Hilton is a keen cook, gardener and proud member of Lennox Head over 35s premiership winning soccer team.
  • Iowa City's Working Group Theatre will present their play Broken Chord. Working Group Theatre's original plays, events and educational programs are created in collaboration with artists and community partners to engage a diverse audience and present the untold stories in the world around us. They seek to involve their audience in the stories we tell as commentators and collaborators and reach out to new audiences by eliminating the social and economic barriers to theatre attendance.

Click here to sign up today.