Hiram College

International Summer Symposia

The mission of the summer seminar is to bring together healthcare professionals with humanities scholars, creative artists, and educators in a dynamic, engaged community where they learn from each other, try out new ideas, and help shape the direction of biomedical humanities.

The goals of the summer seminar include:

  • To refresh and stimulate the leaders and participants with challenging ideas and different perspectives.
  • To give participants new ways of integrating humanistic perspectives and values into clinical settings and health professions education.
  • To engage participants in theatre, creative writing, and other arts as complements to their professional work.
  • To create educational materials that can be used to involve the public in much needed dialogue about health care issues.

Previous Symposia include:

  • 1988-1989 – First NEH Institute for Humanities and Medicine
  • 1991-1992 – Second NEH Institute for Humanities and Medicine
  • 1992 – Narrative Bioethics
  • 1993 – Narrative Bioethics
  • 1994 – Narrative Bioethics
  • 1995 – Narrative Bioethics
  • 1996 – Detachment and Engagement: Objectivity and Emotions in Clinical Practice
  • 1997 – Narratives of Care
  • 1999 – Talking Ourselves to Death: Narratives and Caregiving at the End of Life
  • 2000 – Time to Care: Narrative and Chronic Illness
  • 2001 – Caring for Caregivers: Long Day’s Journey Into Night
  • 2002 – Narratives of Power in Health Care
  • 2003 – Mortal Beings/Immortal Dreams: Dancing Around the Fountain of Youth
  • 2004 – Quartet: Four Variations on the Theme of Human Enhancement
  • 2005 – Human Enhancement Technologies: Through the Looking Glass of Drama
  • 2006  – Global Healthcare Justice
  • 2007 –  Leveraging Change: The Politics and Economics of Global Poverty and Health Care
  • 2008 – Return to The House of God
  • 2010 – The Role of Narrative in Science and Medicine:  1990 – 2010
  • 2011 – On Healers and Healing
  • 2014 – Age, Ability, and Healthcare
  • 2016 – Emerging Diversities in Health Humanities Teaching
  • 2018 – Public Health Humanities: Audience, Engagement, and Social Justice