A Basic Narrative Medicine Workshop

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Columbia University Medical Center




Country: United States

City: New York City

The Program in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University will hold a Narrative Medicine Basic Workshop called “Race | Violence | Justice: The Need for Narrative” on April 7-9, 2017 at the Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. We live in an increasingly polarized society with exceedingly complex and pressing issues facing health care, including class and race-based health disparities, unequal access to health care, and the increasing toll of gun violence against persons of color. Rigorous narrative work may reveal a path through intensely divided positions on these issues toward a place of productive understanding.

Our signature methods of close reading, attentive listening, and perspectival respect hold out possibilities for reciprocal understanding, even in the face of deep divisions. Together, we will use narrative methods to bridge divides and catalyze action.

We welcome our guest speakers:

  • George Yancy, philosopher, author of Black Bodies, White Gazes: The Continuing Significance of Race and Look, A White! Philosophical Essays on Whiteness
  • Mindy Fullilove, community psychiatrist, activist urban planner, and author of Urban Alchemy
  • Sayantani DasGupta, writer, pediatrician, professor of narrative medicine, and author of Globalization and Transnational Surrogacy in India
  • Topher Sanders, award-winning investigative journalist, author of recent NY Times opinion piece “Only White People, said the little girl," who covers race inequality for Pro Publica