Hiram College

Special Projects

The Center for Literature and Medicine takes on a variety of special projects each year.

Visiting Scholars

The Center brings nationally recognized scholars, writers, ethicists, and medical humanists to campus and to Northeast Ohio.

Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation

The Margaret Morgan Clark Foundation supports programming for Hiram’s Center for Literature and Medicine. The earnings will be expended in consultation with the Hiram’s Directors of the Center to foster programs that use the humanities to further understanding of mental health issues. Specifically-expenditures will provide funds to bring a mental health professional to campus each year as the Margaret Clark Morgan Visiting Scholar. The visiting scholar will team teach a course related to mental health, will give public presentations on the topic to internal and external audiences, and will advise Center directors on the mental health component of the Center’s annual summer seminar. This is a permanently restricted fund.

Previous Margaret Clark Morgan Visiting Scholars include:

An Exploration of Diseases and Disorders by Performance:  Autism

This project provided three Hiram College students the opportunity to create and present a performance that enhanced their skills as artists and provided the community a fulfilling and educational opportunity to learn about a prevalent medical topic of the age. The students engaged the topic of autism through the exploration of literature and scientific papers, discussions with medical providers and families who care for people with autism, and through personal interaction with people who have autism. This research provided them with a comprehensive overview of autism and the experiences of people who live with it on a daily basis. The students worked with the material they collected and each other to create a performance piece that captured the issues surrounding autism and engaged the audiences with the topic. In the spring, the performance piece traveled to venues all over Ohio.

“What is Human” A Humanities Institute for High School Teachers

This institute is supported by the Ohio Humanities Council a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. This teachers’ institute, “What is Human?,” aims to use texts and methods from the humanities to explore cutting-edge biotechnologies, their impact on society, and their relevance to our understanding of that key question at the core of the humanities: what does it mean to be human?

On Healers and Healing

This intimate seminar will engage fundamental questions about the reasons, materials and methods central to teaching in the medical humanities.  Participants’ conversations will inform the content of a forthcoming literary anthology, On Healers and Healing, along with a special issue of The Journal of Medical Humanities.

The Role of Narrative in Science and Medicine: 1990-2010

Hiram College’s Center for Literature and Medicine celebrates its 20th anniversary and its founders, Dr. Carol Donley and Dr. Martin Kohn.  Join us for two days of discussion, writing workshops, entertainment, and lectures from Rita Charon, Richard Preston and more!

Lift, Breathe, Carry

Lift, Breathe, Carry is a performance about nursing performed by Verb Ballets, based on poems written by Jeanne Bryner, a nurse poet.  The dancers interpret the poems through dance as a narrator speaks the works.

Return to The House of God

An international symposium sponsored by: The Center for Literature and Medicine at Hiram College and the Division of Medicine, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio. With generous support from the Wish, Cope & Life Foundation. October 22-23, 2008.


A production of Kurt Vonnegut’s Fortitude was reformatted as a radio play and was broadcast live on the local NPR-affiliate, WCPN-FM, on October 24, 2008 and was replayed on October 31, 2008.

The Machine Stops

On November 16, 2007, The Center for Literature and Medicine had a production of E.M. Forester’s The Machine Stops reformatted as a radio play and it was broadcast on the local NPR-affiliate, WCPN-FM in the fall of 2007.

Cancer in the Arts

During the fall of 2007, The Center for Literature and Medicine sponsored Stages: Cancer and the Arts: a series of presentations and discussions about cancer as it is portrayed in plays, literature, comic strips and art.

Collaborations with:

Carol Donley Scholarship in Literature and Medicine

It was decided by the chairs of the English, Biomedical Humanities, and the Directors for the Center for Literature and Medicine that a scholarship be created in Carol Donley’s honor.  It will be aimed at juniors and seniors, and perhaps an Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) student working on their capstone project in the area.  The award will replace the self-help (loans or work-study) portion of a student’s financial aid package.  If you would like to donate to this scholarship, please go to http://giveto.hiram.edu/

The Hartwell Scholars

The Shattuck Hartwell Endowed Fund at the Center for Literature and Medicine was established in March 2010 upon receipt of a gift from the estate of Dr. Shattuck Hartwell and gifts made in his memory by his many friends. Dr. Hartwell gave the Center maximum flexibility in determining how his gift would be used by the Center. It is the decision of the Center Director and faculty to establish the Shattuck Hartwell Scholars Program at Hiram College.