Our Story: A Touchstone for the Medical Humanities

The Center is one of the cornerstones of Hiram College and a touchstone for the medical humanities.

Since its founding in 1990, the Center's campus-wide programming has enriched students' educational experiences and supported students' health-related collaborations with the wider community.  The Center has also provided healthcare professionals, artists, educators, students of medicine, and scholars of literature rich and diverse opportunities to explore human values in healthcare through the critical and creative tools of the humanities.


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The Mahan House

Mahan House, a handsome Greek Revival building named in honor of Dr. Alfred Catlin Mahan and his wife, Marian Reimann Mahan, who gave generously towards its renovation, provides a hub for Center activities. Many classes take place in the building, which also houses some of the offices of the Center faculty. Rooms are also available to house out of town guests and students.

The furniture was given by several generous donors which include, but are not limited to:  the estate of Martha Kenyon, Doc and Marian Mahan, Ed Bartunek and Frank Bates, Roger Baldwin and his mother, Terry Kovel, Howard and Glenna Bissell, and Shad and Mary Jane Hartwell.