Hiram College

Center for Literature and Medicine
2018 Summer Seminar


Public Health Humanities:
Audience, Engagement, and Social Justice

June 6-9, 2018
Hiram College, Hiram, OH

Registration Now Open:

Session Descriptions and Faculty Leader Bios Available for Download Here

Faculty Leaders

Therese Jones, Ph.D.

Associate Director, Center for Bioethics and Humanities; Director, Arts and Humanities in Healthcare Program, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus; Editor, Journal of Medical Humanities

Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Health Sciences; Co-Director, Minor in Bioethics & Society, DePaul University

Arno Kumagai, M.D.

Professor and Vice Chair for Education, Department of Medicine; F.M. Hill Chair in Humanism Education, University of Toronto

Kirsten Ostherr, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Professor of English, Director and Co-Founder, Medical Futures Lab, Rice University

Lise Saffran, M.P.H., M.F.A.

Director, Master of Public Health Program, University of Missouri

Joseph Zarconi, M.D.

Professor and Chair, Department of Internal Medicine; Clinical Director for Health Humanities Education, Northeast Ohio Medical University College of Medicine; Interim Associate Dean for Health Affairs, Northeast Ohio Medical University


The Seminar

The 2018 summer seminar investigates future directions for the health humanities as a field by attending to the diverse “publics” it serves. Drawing our attention to opportunities for public engagement beyond academic and clinical contexts, it offers the opportunity to think about 1). public scholarship, and the ways in which our research and teaching can transcend institutional spaces to engage with broader audiences, 2). public health, and the role of the health humanities in intervening in crises such as environmental disasters, and 3). public policy, and how we “do” health humanities when both health care and the humanities are under threat from our administration.  Through these, or any of the other possible lenses that “public health humanities” offers as a focus, we are especially interested in issues of social justice, as we interrogate the ethical responsibilities of our field to its “publics” at this historical juncture.

The seminar will open with an evening reception on Wednesday, June 6th and run for three full days (June 7th-9th) on the scenic campus of Hiram College, located in Northeast Ohio’s historic Western Reserve region, approximately 45 minutes east of Cleveland. The unique rural setting offers an intimate, collaborative, retreat-like atmosphere in which to engage with and learn from colleagues. In addition to the seminar sessions, participants will enjoy evening social events, an open mic night, opportunities to hike the trails at Hiram’s Field Station, and more.



$900 if registered by April 15, 2018. $1,000 if registered thereafter. Price includes tuition, 4 nights lodging, all meals and libations, and resource materials.  (If you are local and prefer not to stay on campus, the registration price is $700 by April 15, 2018, or $800 thereafter.)



Seminar participants will be accommodated in a suite-style, air-conditioned residence hall on Hiram College campus.  Guests will have a private bedroom, and will share the two bathrooms and central living area of their suite with other seminar participants. Participants may also choose to book accommodation at the Hiram Inn for an additional fee.



Enrollment will be limited for this seminar in order to ensure the intimate setting of exchange and participatory learning with colleagues that has been a key part of the Center’s summer seminars for more than twenty-five years. We welcome participants from all fields, especially health care, the humanities, and the social sciences.


Application Deadline

The application for both the seminar and the workshop are available at https://hiram.wufoo.com/forms/2018-summer-seminar-application/ through March 1, 2018.  Notifications of acceptance will be made by March 31, 2018.


For More Information, Contact the Conference Coordinators

Erin Gentry Lamb, Ph.D. (lambeg@hiram.edu, 330-569-6139)
Emily Waples, Ph.D. (waplesej@hiram.edu, 330-569-6119)

Center for Literature and Medicine
Hiram College
Mahan House
P.O. Box 67
Hiram, OH 44234