Hiram College

What are Hiram Summer Seminars?

The pioneering Center for Literature and Medicine at Hiram College—the first institution in the U.S. to offer an undergraduate major in medical humanities—has sponsored summer seminars on topics in the health humanities for more than twenty years. An intensive, immersive, and collegial experience, the seminar brings together scholars, artists, and practitioners for cross-disciplinary discussion on ideas and directions in the field of the health humanities. An alternative to the academic conference, the seminar offers the opportunity for engagement with colleagues from multiple backgrounds, and across academic disciplines and career stages (from graduate students to senior scholars), in a retreat-like environment on the rural campus of Hiram College.

The 2020 seminar will open with an evening reception on Wednesday, July 8, and run for three full days (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday). Each day will feature a “master class” led by an established scholar in the field; participants will receive readings for discussion in advance of the seminar. Each day will also include additional workshop/discussion sessions, restorative activities (e.g. yoga, hiking), and evening social events. The seminar will close with a celebratory dinner and open mic night on the evening of Saturday, July 11.

Who attends the Seminars?

 We welcome participants from all fields and backgrounds whose work intersects with the health humanities. Our participants have included scholars, teachers, and administrators from the humanities, arts, and social sciences; health care providers; and creative writers and artists.

Will I have the opportunity to present my own work at the Seminar?

 Yes! Providing a receptive and supportive audience for discussion of participants’ work is integral to the collaborative and collegial ethos of the seminar. Participants will have several opportunities to present work or work-in-progress in informal, low-stakes ways:

  • Submitting materials for colleagues’ feedback during breakout workshop sessions (see workshop descriptions [link to workshop descriptions page])
  • Giving a five-minute lightning talk on current work/work-in-progress
  • Reading/performing at the closing open mic

Where is Hiram?

 Hiram is located in Northeast Ohio’s scenic Western Reserve region, approximately 45 minutes southeast of Cleveland. The Hiram College campus is equidistant from the Cleveland Hopkins International (CLE) and Akron-Canton (CAK) airports. Ground transportation to and from either airport will be provided at no additional cost.

What is the cost of the Seminar?

$800 if registered by May 1, or $900 if registered thereafter. Price includes tuition, 4 nights lodging in on-campus townhouses, all meals and libations (4 dinners including alcoholic beverages, 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and snacks), and resource materials.

If you prefer not to stay on campus, the registration price is $600 if registered by May 1, or $700 thereafter. Participants who do not wish to stay in college housing may book their own accommodation at the Hiram Inn.

A limited number of scholarships may be available to subsidize the cost for participants with limited funds; please contact the organizers to inquire.

How do I apply?

Please fill out the online application form by 11:59 PM EST on April 1, 2020. Notifications of acceptance will be made by April 15, 2020.


Please direct any other queries, including questions about accessibility and accommodations, to Emily Waples: waplesej@hiram.edu