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March 1, 2017
WRITING ABOUT PSYCHOSIS
A Talk by New Yorker staff writer Rachel Aviv

For the March Narrative Medicine Rounds, we welcome Rachel Aviv, who will talk about writing and reporting on psychosis. Aviv joined The New Yorker as a staff writer in 2013 and often writes about psychiatry and bioethics; she has written articles on euthanasia, psychosis, addiction, and crime. She won the 2016 Scripps Howard Award for “Your Son Is Deceased,” a story on police shootings. She was named a Livingston Award finalist in 2013 and 2016. Aviv has also taught writing workshops to medical students at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and at the Sophie Davis School of Medicine. An archive of her articles and essays for The New Yorker can be found here: http://www.newyorker.com/contributors/rachel-aviv.

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February 1, 2017
WHEN BREATH BECOMES AIR
A Conversation with Dr. Lucy Kalanithi

For our first Narrative Medicine Rounds in 2017, we welcome Dr. Lucy Kalanithi to the Columbia University Medical Center for a Q&A conversation with the Program in Narrative Medicine's Creative Director Nellie Hermann.

Dr. Lucy Kalanithi, MD, FACP, is an internal medicine physician and faculty member at the Stanford School of Medicine in Palo Alto, CA. She completed her medical degree at Yale, where she was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha national medical honor society, her residency at the University of California-San Francisco, and a postdoctoral fellowship training in healthcare delivery innovation at Stanford’s Clinical Excellence Research Center.

Dr. Kalanithi is the widow of the late Dr. Paul Kalanithi, author of The New York Times bestselling memoir, When Breath Becomes Air, for which she wrote the epilogue. At the cross-section of her career as a medical professional and her personal experience standing alongside her husband during his life, diagnosis, treatment, and death, Dr. Kalanithi has special interests in healthcare value, meaning in medicine, patient-centered care and end-of-life care. She has appeared on PBS NewsHour, NPR Morning Edition, and Yahoo News with Katie Couric, and been interviewed for People, NPR, and The New York Times. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her daughter, Elizabeth Acadia.

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December 7, 2016
CELEBRATE OUR BOOK LAUNCH FOR:
"The Principles and Practice of Narrative Medicine"

By Rita Charon, Sayantani DasGupta, Nellie Hermann, Craig Irvine, Eric R. Marcus, Edgar Rivera Colón, Danielle Spencer, Maura Spiegel

Just published by Oxford University Press, "The Principles and Practice of Narrative Medicine" is the definitive work on the current state of the field of Narrative Medicine. Written by the founders of the field, the book articulates and embodies the complex foundations of this now internationally robust discipline.

Through inter-related chapters on social justice, liberatory pedagogy, classical Greek philosophy, phenomenology, narrative and literary theories of the acts of reading, narrative ethics, and the sources of creativity, the authors present to readers a compelling argument for the need to fortify clinical practice with the creative and narrative capacities to recognize and affiliate with individual patients and to work toward health care justice to improve the quality of health care for all.

The authors hope these essays will help our colleagues to join us in developing the conceptual and practical foundations of our shared field.

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November 2, 2016
Writing the book ‘In A Different Key: The Story of Autism'
A talk by Nightline correspondent, John Donvan and television news producer, Caren Zucker

“In A Different Key: The Story of Autism” is a book that was more than seven years in the making, and since its publication this year, it has advanced the discussion about autism in the public and medical worlds. In our November Narrative Medicine Rounds, Emmy Award–winning correspondent John Donvan and Peabody Award–winning television news producer Caren Zucker will talk about the book, a narrative that offers new insight into the seminal moments of the past near-century: the rise of the disability rights movement, deinstitutionalization, the effort to mainstream those on the spectrum, breakthroughs in neuroscience and our understanding of the mind, and the birth of the neurodiversity movement. Donvan and Zucker, whose own families have been affected by autism, have been on the front lines of reporting on the social, medical, and legal aspects of autism since 1999, even before it became a national topic of conversation. Their groundbreaking ABC News series, Echoes of Autism, launched in the early 2000s as network television’s first regular autism beat.

Photo of Caren Zucker by Heidi Gutman

Caren Zucker is an award-winning veteran television news producer who has worked most extensively with ABC News. In addition to her experience in breaking news and live broadcast, she produced and co-wrote a six-part series on autism for PBS in 2011. In 2010, John and Caren co-wrote a piece for Atlantic magazine, "Autism's First Child", which was a finalist for the National Magazine Award.

Photo of John Donvan by Ralph Alswang

John Donvan is a multiple Emmy Award-winning Nightline correspondent with a long career in journalism. Prior to serving as a regular correspondent to Nightline, he was the Chief White House Correspondent for ABC News. He is the moderator for Intelligence Squared US debates, heard on NPR stations, and has also performed on stage, starring in his truth-based One Man Show, Lose the Kid.

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October 5, 2016
NARRATIVES IN THE BODY: WHY ONE STORY AND NOT ANOTHER?
A talk by novelist and scholar Siri Hustvedt

Photo of Siri Hustvedt by Marion Ettlinger

For our October Narrative Medicine Rounds, the Program in Narrative Medicine is honored to present Siri Hustvedt, who is one of the leading American writers of the 21st century. A new book by the publisher DeGruyter, entitled "Zones of Focused Ambiguity in Siri Hustvedt’s Works," edited by Johanna Hartmann, Christine Marks, and Hubert Zapf, has just been released, and Hustvedt will speak about the ideas and analysis within the new collection.

The book brings together essays from various inter-disciplinary perspectives to analyze and interpret her fictional and non-fictional works and is structured into the parts: “Literary Creation and Communication,” Psychoanalysis and Philosophy,” “Medicine and Narrative,” “Vision, Perception, and Power,” and “Trauma, Memory, and the Ambiguities of Self.” There is also an interview with Hustvedt, in which she elucidates her personal conception of her own creative processes of writing.

Hustvedt, who has a Ph.D. from Columbia, is a lecturer in Psychiatry at Weill Medical College of Cornell University. Among her works are the novels The Enchantment of Lily Dahl (1996), What I Loved (2003), The Sorrows of an American (2008), The Summer without Men (2011), and The Blazing World (2014). Her upcoming book, “A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women: Essays on Art, Sex, and the Mind,” published by Simon and Schuster, will be out in December.

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September 7, 2016
INSIDE AMERICA'S PRIVATE PRISON SYSTEM
A talk by Mother Jones Senior Reporter SHANE BAUER about his experience as a corrections officer and the health care issues of inmates at a Louisiana prison

In December 2014, Mother Jones senior reporter Shane Bauer took a job as a corrections officer at a Louisiana prison run by the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the country’s second largest private-prison company. During his four months on the job, Bauer would witness stabbings, an escape, lockdowns and interventions by the state Department of Corrections as the company struggled to maintain control over 1,500 inmates. He was paid $9 an hour and was placed in a unit where he and another officer supervised hundreds of inmates. His in-depth narrative and series of videos provide a gripping look inside a prison where both staff and inmates were pushed to the edge. Read the story...

While at Winn Correctional Center in Winnfield, Louisiana, the journalist had an up-close look at the impact of the private prison model on health care. Bauer met inmates struggling to get medical attention, including one who lost his legs and fingers to gangrene after months of neglect. Mental health assistance was minimal. The entire prison had just one part-time psychologist and one part-time psychiatrist. Suicidal inmates were placed in solitary confinement, where they were given meals that fall below USDA caloric standards. Bauer writes about one man who protested the lack of mental health services for years. After being waitlisted for mental health services for two years, he committed suicide. He weighed 71 pounds at the time of his death.

Shane Bauer is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Hillman Prize for Magazine Journalism. He is also the co-author, with Sarah Shourd and Joshua Fattal, of A Sliver of Light, a memoir of his two years as a prisoner in Iran.

To stay up-to-date on Shane Bauer’s work, follow him on Twitter @shane_bauer or go to his website, www.shanebauer.net. To read a Q&A with Bauer about his experience at Winn, click here.

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June 1, 2016
"Changing Healthcare through Patient Stories"
A talk by NY Times correspondent Elisabeth Rosenthal

Elisabeth L. Rosenthal, a New York Times correspondent who trained as a medical doctor, is the author of Paying Till it Hurts, an award-winning 2 year-long series on health care costs and pricing. She is currently completing a book about the commercialization of American medicine, to be published by Penguin Random House early in 2017. During 20 years as a reporter/correspondent for the New York Times, she has covered a wide variety of beats – from health care to international environment to general assignment reporting for 6 years in China. She is a frequent contributor to the New York Times’ Sunday Review section.

Ms. Rosenthal’s journalism awards include the Victor Cohn Prize for medical reporting, the Association of Health Care Journalists’ beat reporting prize, the Online New Association’s award for Feature reporting and the Asia Society’s Osborn Elliott prize. She has been a Poynter Fellowat Yale and a Ferris Visiting Professor at Princeton.

Born in New York City, Ms. Rosenthal received a B.S. degree in biology from Stanford University and an M.A. degree in English literature from Cambridge University. She holds an M.D. degree from Harvard Medical School. She trained and worked at Weill-Cornell Medical Center in the Emergency Department before becoming a full-time journalist.

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May 4, 2016
"White Narratives and the Black Body: How It Feels To Be A Black Problem"
A Talk by George Yancy

George Yancy is Professor of Philosophy at Emory University. He received his BA with honors in Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh, his first Master's Degree from Yale University in Philosophy and his second Master's in Africana Studies from NYU, where he received a distinguished Fellowship. His Ph.D (with distinction) is in Philosophy from Duquesne University.

He has authored, edited or co-edited 17 books. His first authored book received an Honorable Mention from the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights and three of his edited books have received CHOICE Outstanding Academic Titles.

His series of interviews on race in The Stone, The New York Times, is recognized nationally and internationally. Professor Yancy’s interviews are scheduled to appear in a single volume under contract with Oxford University Press, which will consist of 33 interviews of philosophers on race (2016). His article, "Walking While Black in the White Gaze" in The New York Times) won the American Philosophical Association Committee on Public Philosophy's Op-Ed Contest in 2014. When at Duquesne, he twice won the Duquesne University McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts Faculty Award for Excellence in Scholarship. His most recent edited book is entitled, White Self-Criticality, Beyond Anti-Racism: How Does it Feel to be a White Problem? (2015). He is currently working on 3 edited books and two authored books. Professor Yancy is also "Philosophy of Race" Book Series Editor at Lexington Books.

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April 6, 2016
Colum McCann, Photo Credit: Dustin Aksland Making "MANAGING THE FIX," a documentary on race, class, and addiction pharmaceuticals
A talk by Helena Hansen, M.D.

Helena Hansen, M.D., is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at NYU Medical Center, and an Assistant Professor of Anthropology. Dr. Hansen is also a documentary film- maker. Her most recent film is “Managing the Fix,” a documentary on race, class, and addiction pharmaceuticals. The film follows three people in New York City as they go on and off of opioid medications (methadone and Suboxone) and navigate the fragmented public addiction treatment system, raising questions about the ontological and pragmatic implications of treating opiate addiction with long term opioid maintenance. Using interviews with addiction researchers, policymakers, pharmaceutical executives and historians, as well as archival footage, the film reconstructs the historical enmeshment of addiction pharmaceuticals with racial politics and the War on Drugs.

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March 2, 2016
“NARRATIVE: USING STORYTELLING TO BRIDGE THE DIVIDES OF CULTURE & CONFLICT”
A Talk by Colum McCann

Colum McCann, Photo Credit: Dustin Aksland

Colum McCann is the author of six novels and three collections of stories. His most recent collection, "Thirteen Ways of Looking" has received rave international reviews, including a Pushcart Prize and selection in the Best American Short Stories of 2015. In her review, The New York Times critic Sarah Lyall praised the author: “Mr. McCann is a writer of power and subtlety and beauty best known for his National Book Award-winning novel “Let the Great World Spin,” which took a large cast of disparate characters in New York City in the 1970s and beyond, plunged the reader headlong into their messy, troubled, often quietly heroic lives and then showed how they all fit together.

At the March 2016 Narrative Medicine Rounds event, McCann will talk about writing and his work as co-founder of the non-profit global story exchange organization, Narrative 4. The writer, who was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, has been the recipient of many international honors, including the National Book Award, the International Dublin Impac Prize, a Chevalier des Arts et Lettres from the French government, election to the Irish arts academy, several European awards, the 2010 Best Foreign Novel Award in China, and an Oscar nomination. He teaches at the MFA program in Hunter College.

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February 3, 2016 - "THE LIONESS IN WINTER: WRITING AN OLD WOMAN'S LIFE"
A Talk by Ann Burack-Weiss


In her new book, “The Lioness in Winter: Writing an Old Woman's Life,” noted social worker Ann Burack-Weiss, PhD, LCSW, draws on the late-life writing of authors like Maya Angelou, Colette, Joan Didion, Doris Lessing and Adrienne Rich for inspirational and practical guidance as she navigates aging. The longtime social work practitioner, consultant and educator who has taught at the Columbia School of Social Work and is now an associate faculty member at Columbia's Program in Narrative Medicine will talk about her research and revelations while writing this book, which “speaks to pain, illness, reflection, and even suicide,” notes Miami University gerontology professor Kate de Medeiros. “Given her experience as a researcher…,her perspective is particularly well-informed.”

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December 2, 2015 - “POSITIVE EXPOSURE: SEEING BEYOND DIAGNOSIS”
A Talk by Photographer Rick Guidotti

What is beauty? It’s a question fashion photographer Rick Guidotti often asked himself during the many years he worked for clients such as Yves Saint Laurent, Elle and Harper’s Bazaar. In a moment of serendipity, Guidotti walked by a young woman with Albinism (a genetic condition that results in loss of pigmentation) at a New York City bus stop, and wondered why she wasn’t considered beautiful in his other world. This exploration resulted in a Life feature of young women with Albinism smiling out from under the headline “Redefining Beauty.” It was a watershed moment for magazines as well as for the photographer, who has spent the past fifteen years working to transform societal attitudes towards individuals living with genetic difference. Guidotti, who founded Positive Exposure, an organization which utilizes the visual arts to significantly impact the fields of genetics, mental health and human rights, will speak about the work his group does and the many important ways it has guided the conversation about the richness and beauty of human diversity. For more about the group, go to positiveexposure.org

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November 4, 2015 - ESOPUS 22: MEDICINE
At the Intersection of Art & Medicine

Over the past decade Esopus magazine has held true to its mission to “feature content from all creative disciplines presented in an unmediated format,” and in its most recent issue, the magazine explored the intersection between the world of medicine and the world of art. This program brings together Esopus editor Tod Lippy, who will talk about putting together Esopus 22: Medicine, as well as contributors Ian Williams (Bad Doctor) and MK Czerwiec: Comic Nurse (co-author of Graphic Medicine Manifesto), and Danielle Spencer and Stephanie Adler Yuan, who collaborated on “Critical Conversations,” a paper which offers a depiction of a health-care experience from multiple perspectives. The event is co-sponsored by the Columbia Program in Narrative Medicine and the Penn State University Press.

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October 7, 2015 - Akhil Sharma, Author
All About Family Life: Living with Disability

In his presentation, "All About Family Life: Living with Disability," Akhil Sharma kicks off our monthly Narrative Medicine rounds for Fall 2015. He will talk about writing his most recent book, Family Life, which won the 2015 Folio Prize and was selected as one of The New York Times Book Review’s 10 Best Books of 2014. Sonali Deraniyagala called it "deeply unnerving and gorgeously tender at its core," adding "Family Life gives us beautiful, heart-stopping scenes where love in [a] family finds air and ease." Sharma’s previous novel, An Obedient Father, won the 2001 Pen Hemingway Prize. His short stories have appeared in The New Yorker and The Atlantic and have been widely anthologized. He lives in New York City.

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May 6, 2015 - Susan Ball, M.D., Author
Assistant Director of the Bernbaum Unit, Center for Special Studies at New York Presbyterian Hospital


Author of Voices in the Band: A Doctor, Her Patients, and How the Outlook on AIDS Care Changed from Doomed to Hopeful

Voices in the Band is discussed in New York Times Article, A World Shared With H.I.V.

Dr. Ball has taken care of patients with HIV and AIDS at the Center for Special Studies at New York Presbyterian Hospital for over twenty years. She is the Assistant Director of the clinic and is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University as well as Associate Professor of Public Health. Dr. Ball completed her undergraduate degree at Dartmouth and her medical degree at the Medical College of Pennsylvania. After completion of her Residency in Medicine at Upstate Medical Center she came to New York and completed a Masters in Public Health at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health. Dr. Ball joined the faculty at Cornell in 1992 and has worked as clinician, teacher and author as an HIV specialist since that time. In 2011 she completed a Master’s of Science degree in Narrative Medicine at Columbia and with the support of an NIH grant she has been working toward enhancing the curriculum at Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Ball has written and spoken on HIV-related topics and also teaches, facilitates and advises courses and projects having to do with Narrative Medicine and Reflective Practice at the medical school. Her book, “Voices in the Band: A doctor, her patients and how AIDS care changed from doomed to hopeful” is published by the Cornell University Press.

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April 8, 2015 - Cheryl Mattingly, Educator
Professor of Anthropology & Occupational Science and Therapy


Acted Stories: Narrative Form and the Clinical Encounter
Cheryl Mattingly, Ph.D., is Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology and the Division of Occupational Science and Therapy, University of Southern California. She is currently a Dale T. Mortensen Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Aarhus University.

Her primary research and theoretical interests include narrative, moral reasoning and experience, phenomenology, the culture of biomedicine, chronic illness and disability, the ethics of care, and health disparities in the United States.

She received the Polgar Essay Prize for "In Search for the Good: Narrative Reasoning in Clinical Practice" from the Society for Medical Anthropology, American Anthropological Association. She has also written six books. She received the Victor Turner Prize (American Anthropological Association) for Healing Dramas and Clinical Plots (1998) and the Stirling Book Prize (Society for Psychological Anthropology) for The Paradox of Hope: Journey Through a Clinical Borderland (2010). Her other books include: Clinical Reasoning in a Therapeutic Practice (1994); Narrative, Self and the Social Practice (2009), co-edited with Uffe Jensen; and Moral Laboratories: Family Peril and the Struggle for a Good Life (2014).

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March 4, 2015 (CANCELLED) - Peter Nicks, Producer & Director of The Waiting Room
Will be rescheduled!


February 4, 2015 - Nellie Hermann, Author

The Season of Migration
The lyrically told story of one of the world's greatest artists finding his true calling.

Nellie Hermann, M.F.A. is Creative Director of the Program in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University. She is a graduate of Brown University and the M.F.A. program at Columbia. Her first novel, The Cure for Grief(Scribner: 2008), received acclaim in such publications as Time Magazine, Elle, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and others, and was chosen as a Target "Breakout" book. Her non-fiction has appeared in an anthology about siblings, Freud’s Blindspot (Free Press: 2010), as well as in Academic Medicine. Over the last eight years she has taught fiction and narrative medicine to undergraduates, medical students, graduate students, and clinicians of all sorts, and has given conference addresses in Iowa, California, Seoul, Korea, and elsewhere. Her second novel, The Season of Migration, a fictional exploration of the early life of Vincent van Gogh, will be published on January 6th by Farrar, Straus, & Giroux.

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December 3, 2014 - Will Boast and Leslie Jamison, Authors
Pain and its Representations

Leslie Jamison is the author of The Empathy Exams, a New York Times bestselling essay collection, and a novel, The Gin Closet, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times First Fiction Award. Her work has appeared in Harper’s, Oxford American, A Public Space, Boston Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Believer, and the New York Times, where she is a regular columnist for the Sunday Book Review. She was raised in Los Angeles and currently resides in Brooklyn.

Will Boast is the author of a memoir, Epilogue, recently published by Norton, and a story collection, Power Ballads, which won the 2011 Iowa Short Fiction Award. He’s held fellowships from Stanford University and the University of East Anglia and his fiction and essays have appeared in Best New American Voices, Virginia Quarterly Review, Glimmer Train, The American Scholar, and The New York Times, among other publications. He currently divides his time between Brooklyn and Chicago, where he teaches at the University of Chicago.

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November 5, 2014 - Kathy Leichter, Filmmaker
Here One Day: Using Film to Reduce Stigma and Raise Awareness About Mental Illness and Suicide


Kathy Leichter is a documentary film producer and director and the founder of Two Suns Media and Mint Leaf Productions, both based in New York City. She is the director and producer of HERE ONE DAY, a film about mental illness, suicide, and family which traveled to film festivals across the globe and is now being used in a nationwide screening initiative to reduce stigma, provide support, and teach about how mental illness and suicide impact families. Leichter recently produced HIDDEN BATTLES, a documentary about the psychological impact of killing on soldiers from across the globe. Leichter also produced and directed PASSING ON, about her ninety-one year old, tell-it-like-it-is grandmother, Elsa, an Austrian Jewish immigrant and family therapist and the award-winning PBS documentary, A DAY’S WORK, A DAY’S PAY about three welfare recipients who become leaders in the fight against workfare in New York City. Leichter was the Project Director of THE WORKFARE MEDIA INITIATIVE, a media activism project which trained current and former welfare recipients to show the film A DAY’S WORK, A DAY’S PAY and lead facilitated discussions educating audiences about economic justice and community organizing. Other credits include co-producer of the award-winning films, SPIT IT OUT, about a man who stutters and his journey towards self-acceptance and producer of MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS: MIRRORS THAT BIND, about the impact of the mother/daughter relationship on a woman’s body, sexuality, and self-esteem. Formerly Leichter worked at WQED-PBS, where she associate produced a national series on health care reform and worked for MISTER ROGERS NEIGHBORHOOD.

Here One Day, Film

When filmmaker Kathy Leichter moved back into her childhood home after her mother's suicide, she discovered a hidden box of audiotapes. Sixteen years passed before she had the courage to delve into this trove, unearthing details that her mother had recorded about every aspect of her life from the challenges of her marriage to a New York State Senator, to her son’s estrangement, to the highs and lows of living with bipolar disorder. HERE ONE DAY is a visually arresting, emotionally candid film about a woman coping with mental illness, her relationships with her family, and the ripple effects of her suicide on those she loved.

Here One Day is reducing stigma and isolation, raising awareness, linking individuals and families to support, and helping to change mental health and suicide prevention and postvention policy across the country.

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October 1, 2014 - DT Max, Author

D.T. Max is a graduate of Harvard University and a staff writer at The New Yorker. He is the author of the best-selling Every Love Story Is A Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace, which the New York Times named one of the ten best books of the year and of The Family That Couldn't Sleep: Unravelling A Venetian Medical Mystery, which Natalie Angier, writing in the New York Times Book Review, called "gripping, cleanly written, cannily plotted and elegantly educational…The book brims with great tales." He is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and at work on a book about Mark Twain. He lives just over the Hudson, in New Jersey with his wife, their two young children, and a rescued beagle who came to them named Max.

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September 3, 2014- Amy Arbus, Photographer

Photographer Amy Arbus has published five books, including the award winning On the Street 1980-1990 and The Inconvenience of Being Born. The New Yorker called The Fourth Wall her masterpiece. Her most recent, After Images, is an homage to modernism's most iconic avant-garde paintings. Her advertising clients include Chiat/Day, Foote, Cone and Belding, American Express, Saatchi & Saatchi, SpotCo, New Line Cinema and Nickelodeon. Her photographs have appeared in over one hundred periodicals around the world, including New York Magazine, People, Aperture and The New York Times Magazine. She teaches portraiture at the International Center of Photography, NORDphotography, Anderson Ranch and The Fine Arts Work Center. Amy Arbus is represented by The Schoolhouse Gallery in Massachusetts. She has had twenty-five solo exhibitions worldwide, and her photographs are a part of the collection of The National Theater in Norway, The New York Public Library and The Museum of Modern Art in New York.
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May 7, 2014 -Jack Saul, Trauma Studies

Jack Saul, Ph.D is Assistant Professor of Clinical Population and Family Health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, and Founding Director of the International Trauma Studies Program an independent post-graduate training and research institute affiliated with Columbia University. As a psychologist he has created a number of programs for populations in New York City that have endured war, torture, and political violence, including the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture, REFUGE (Refugee Resource Center), Theater Arts Against Political Violence, the Post-9/11 Downtown Community Resource Center, and African Refuge. He consults with organizations on staff welfare in response to trauma-related work and has a private practice in Manhattan.


April 2, 2014- David Small, Graphic Novelist

David Small was born and raised in Detroit, and received his MFA from Yale. His drawings have appeared regularly in The New Yorker and The New York Times, and his children’s books have been translated into several languages, and made into animated films and musicals. He is a 3-time Caldecott winner for The Gardener with Sarah Stewart, One Cool Friend with Toni Buzzeo, and So You Want to be President? with Judith St. George; a 2-time recipient of the Christopher Medal; as well as a Society of Illustrators Gold Medal winner. To date he has illustrated over 40 picture books. David’s graphic memoir, Stitches, about his problematic youth, was a New York Times Bestseller and was a finalist for a National Book Award.


March 5, 2014- Susannah Cahalan, author of Brain on Fire

Susannah Cahalan is the award-winning author of the New York Times bestseller, Brain on Fire. She is also a board member on the non-profit, the Autoimmune Encephalitis Alliance and an international ambassador for the Encephalitis Society. She has spoken at some of the top universities and medical schools in the world and received a 2014 Yale Poynter fellowship in journalism.


December 4, 2013- Dr. Arthur Kleinman, Psychiatrist, Harvard University

Arthur Kleinman, M.D., is Rabb Professor of Anthropology at Harvard University; and Professor of Medical Anthropology and Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His books include Patients and Healers in the Context of Culture (1979); The Illness Narratives (1988);Rethinking Psychiatry (1988); What Really Matters (2006); and, with others, Deep China (2011). His publications on caregiving in The LancetNew England Journal of Medicine, and in the popular press have been influential as has been his mentorship of many physicians and anthropologists such as Paul Farmer and Jim Yong Kim.


November 6, 2013- Rachel Adams, Disability Studies, Columbia University

Rachel Adams is a writer and Professor of English and American Studies at Columbia University. She is the author of numerous academic articles and book reviews, as well as three books: Sideshow U.S.A.: Freaks and the American Cultural Imagination; Continental Divides: Remapping the Cultures of North America (both published by the University of Chicago Press); and her most recent book, Raising Henry: A Memoir of Motherhood, Disability, and Discovery (published by Yale University Press). Her writing has also appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education and the Times of London. She lives in New York City.


October 2, 2013- Aleksandar Hemon, Writer

Aleksandar Hemon is the author of The Lazarus Project, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the National Book Award, as well as The Question of Bruno; Nowhere Man, Love and Obstacles and The Book of My Lives. Born in Sarajevo, Hemon visited Chicago in 1992, intending to stay for a matter of months. While he was there, Sarajevo came under siege, and he was unable to return home. Hemon wrote his first story in English in 1995. His work has been featured in The New Yorker, Esquire, Granta, The New York Times, Playboy, McSweeney's, TriQuarterly, The Wall Street Journal, Tin House, Ploughshares and The Paris Review, among others. He has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a “genius grant” from the MacArthur Foundation, the Jan Michalski Prize for Literature, the PEN/ W.G. Sebald Award, and, most recently, a 2012 USA Fellowship. He lives in Chicago with his wife and daughters.


September 3, 2013- David Leventhal - Dance for PD, Mark Morris Dance Group

David Leventhal is a founding teacher and Program Manager for Dance for PD®, a collaborative program of the Mark Morris Dance Group and Brooklyn Parkinson Group that has now been used as a model for classes in more than 100 communities in eight countries. He leads classes for people with Parkinson's disease around the world and trains other teachers in the Dance for PD® approach. Since 2007, he has trained more than 350 teachers in the Dance for PD® approach in 20 cities around the world. Along with Olie Westheimer, he is the co-recipient of the 2013 Alan Bonander Humanitarian Award from the Parkinson's Unity Walk. He has written about dance and Parkinson's for such publications as Dance Gazette and Room 217 , and has a chapters about the program in two books: Multimodal Learning in Communities and Schools (forthcoming from Peter Lang ), and Creating Dance: A Traveler's Guide (Hampton Press). He is a frequent guest speaker at Parkinson's conferences and symposiums, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Global Alliance for Arts and Health. As a dancer, he performed with the Mark Morris Dance Group from 1997-2011, performing principal roles in Mark Morris' The Hard Nut , L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato , and Prokofiev's Romeo & Juliet, on Motifs of Shakespeare . He received a 2010 New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie) for his performing career with Mark Morris. He graduated from Brown University with honors in English Literature.
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May 1, 2013 - Kwame Anthony Appiah, Philosopher

Kwame Anthony Appiah is often called a postmodern Socrates, and for good reason: he asks probing questions about identity, ethnicity, honor, and religion during a time when these difficult notions continue to shift. Exciting and erudite, Appiah challenges us to look beyond the boundaries—real and imagined—that divide us, and to celebrate our common humanity.
Named one of Foreign Policy 's Top 100 public intellectuals, Kwame Anthony Appiah Appiah is the Laurence S. Rockefeller University Professor of Philosophy at Princeton University. He is also the President of the PEN American Center, the world's oldest human rights organization. In 2012, he was awarded the National Humanities Medal by The White House.


April 3, 2013 - Colm Toibin, Author and Educator

Colm Toibin was born in Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford in 1955. He studied at University College Dublin and lived in Barcelona between 1975 and 1978. Out of his experience in Barcelona be produced two books, the novel ‘The South' (shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel Award and winner of the Irish Times/ Aer Lingus First Fiction Award) and ‘Homage to Barcelona', both published in 1990. When he returned to Ireland in 1978 he worked as a journalist for ‘In Dublin', ‘Hibernia' and ‘The Sunday Tribune', becoming features editor of ‘In Dublin' in 1981 and editor of Magill, Ireland's current affairs magazine, in 1982. He left Magill in 1985 and travelled in Africa and South America. His journalism from the 1980s was collected in ‘The Trial of the Generals' (1990). His other work as a journalist and travel writer includes ‘Bad Blood: A Walk Along the Irish Border' (1987) and ‘The Sign of the Cross: Travels in Catholic Europe' (1994). His other novels are: ‘The Heather Blazing (1992, winner of the Encore Award); ‘The Story of the Night' (1996, winner of the Ferro-Grumley Prize); ‘The Blackwater Lightship' (1999, shortlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Prize and the Booker Prize and made into a film starring Angela Lansbury); ‘The Master' (2004, winner of the Dublin IMPAC Prize; the Prix du Meilleur Livre; the LA Times Novel of the Year; and shortlisted for the Booker Prize); ‘Brooklyn' (2009, winner of the Costa Novel of the Year). His short story collections are ‘Mothers and Sons' (2006, winner of the Edge Hill Prize) and ‘The Empty Family (2010). His play ‘Beauty in a Broken Place' was performed at the Peacock Theatre in Dublin in 2004. His other books include: ‘The Modern Library: the 200 Best Novels Since 1950' (with Carmen Callil); ‘Lady Gregory's Toothbrush' (2002); ‘Love in a Dark Time: Gay Lives from Wilde to Almodovar' (2002) and ‘All a Novelist Needs: Essays on Henry James' (2010). He has edited ‘The Penguin Book of Irish Fiction'. His work has been translated into thirty languages. In 2008, a book of essays on his work ‘Reading Colm Toibin', edited by Paul Delaney, was published. He has received honorary doctorates from the University of Ulster and from University College Dublin.



March 6, 2013 - William Breitbart, M.D.

William Breitbart, MD is chief of the psychiatry service and attending psychiatrist in the Department of Psychiatry at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY. An integral member of the world's premiere program in psycho-oncology, Dr. Breitbart is a founding member of the American Society of Psychiatric Oncology/AIDS (ASPOA). Dr. Breitbart is psychiatric consultant to the neuro-oncology unit and attending psychiatrist, Pain & Palliative Care Service, Department of Neurology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Breitbart's research efforts have focused on psychiatric aspects of palliative care and have included studies of interventions for anxiety, depression, desire for death, and delirium in cancer and AIDS patients.


February 6, 2013 - Louise Aronson, M.D., M.F.A. , Geriatrician and Author

Louise Aronson is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and the author of A History of the Present Illness , linked stories which take readers into the lives of doctors, patients, and their families, providing a portrait of health and illness in America today. An academic geriatrician and medical educator, Dr. Aronson directs the Northern California Geriatrics Education Center, the UCSF reflective learning curriculum, and the Pathways to Discovery Program, and serves as associate editor for the JAMA Care of the Aging Patient series and director of Public Medical Communication for the Program for the Aging Century. She is the recipient of the California Homecare Physician of the Year award, a Geriatric Academic Career Award, the Cooke Award for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, the Lieberman Scholar Award, and the AOA Edward D. Harris Professionalism Award. Dr. Aronson also holds an M.F.A. from the Warren Wilson Program for Writers, and her fiction has appeared in both literary and medical journals including Bellevue Literary Review, Northwest Review, Fourteen Hills, The Literary Review, Annals of Internal Medicine, and the Journal of General Internal Medicine . She has won the Sonora Review Prize, the New Millennium Short Fiction Award, three Pushcart nominations, and has been awarded UCross, Ragdale and Hedgebrook Foundation residencies.


December 5, 2012 - Malcolm Cox, M.D. , Chief Academic Affiliations Officer, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Malcolm Cox is the Chief Academic Affiliations Officer for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, where he oversees the largest health professions training program in the country. Nearly 140,000 trainees in over 40 different health professions rotated through VA's hospitals and clinics in 2010. In addition, Dr. Cox is responsible for maintaining and enhancing academic partnerships with more than 5000 of the nation's health professions schools and universities.



November 7, 2012 - Will Reiser, Writer/Producer

Writer/producer Will Reiser first job in television came in 2003 when he produced on the show “Steve Harvey's: Big Time” and followed it by landing the job as Associate Producer on the popular HBO series “Da Ali G Show. Following his stint on “Da Ali G Show”, Reiser would go on to both write and produce on several projects including the VH1 series “Best Week Ever”, the Robert Wuhl HBO documentary “Assume The Position” and its follow up “Assume The Position 201”. In 2007, Reiser joined up with Ben Karlin, formerly an executive producer on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and “The Colbert Report”, to run his company Superego Industries. While there Reiser would develop both television and film projects. In 2011, Summit Entertainment released 50/50 , Reiser's feature film debut, starring Joseph Gordon Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick, and Bryce Dallas Howard. The genesis for the project came back in 2005 when Reiser was diagnosed with a serious form of cancer with an equally serious, and slightly unpronounceable, name. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and at the London Film Festival to glowing reviews and remains one of 2011's best reviewed films. Reiser continues to write and develop projects including Men for Todd Phillips, and “The Baghdad Country Club” for HBO.


October 3, 2012- Granta Medicine Issue Launch Event (Granta 120: Medicine)

Granta contributors Drs. Chris Adrian, Ike Anya and Amit Majmudar join Granta editor John Freeman to explore the idea of illness narratives, hospital life and the cultural beliefs around care, and the experiences of a new doctor in rural Nigeria.


September 5, 2012 - Phillip Lopate, author of Art of the Personal Essay ; Professor, Columbia University.

Phillip Lopate was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1943, and received a BA from Columbia in 1964, and a doctorate from the Union Graduate School in 1979. He has written three personal essay collections — Bachelorhood (Little, Brown, 1981), Against Joie de Vivre (Poseidon-Simon & Schuster, 1989), and Portrait of My Body (Doubleday-Anchor, 1996); two novels, Confessions of Summer (Doubleday, 1979) and The Rug Merchant (Viking, 1987) and a pair of novellas (Two Marriages, Other Press, 2008); three poetry collections, The Eyes Don't Always Want to Stay Open (Sun Press, 1972), The Daily Round (Sun Press, 1976) and At the End of the Day (Marsh Hawk Press, 2010); a memoir of his teaching experiences, Being With Children (Doubleday, 1975); a collection of his movie criticism, Totally Tenderly Tragically (Doubleday-Anchor, 1998); an urbanist meditation, Waterfront: A Journey Around Manhattan (Crown, 2004); a critical study, Notes On Sontag (Princeton University Press, 2009) and a biographical monograph, Rudy Burckhardt: Photographer and Filmmaker (Harry N. Abrams, 2004.)


May 2, 2012 - George E. Thibault, MD, President - The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation

George E. Thibault, MD became the seventh president of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation in January 2008. Immediately prior to that, he served as Vice President of Clinical Affairs at Partners Healthcare System in Boston and Director of the Academy at Harvard Medical School (HMS). He was the first Daniel D. Federman Professor of Medicine and Medical Education at HMS and is now the Federman Professor, Emeritus. For nearly four decades at HMS, Dr. Thibault played leadership roles in many aspects of undergraduate and graduate medical education. He played a central role in the New Pathway Curriculum reform and was a leader in the new Integrated Curriculum reform at HMS. He was the Founding Director of the Academy at HMS, which was created to recognize outstanding teachers and to promote innovations in medical education. Throughout his career he has been recognized for his roles in teaching and mentoring medical students, residents, fellows and junior faculty. In addition to his teaching, his research has focused on the evaluation of practices and outcomes of medical intensive care and variations in the use of cardiac technologies.


April 4, 2012 - Michael Kramer, Ph.D, Clinical Psychologist, VA NY Harbor Healthcare System

Dr. Michael Kramer is a Clinical Psychologist in the Posttraumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD) Clinic, and Director of the Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy Clinic at the VA NY Harbor Healthcare System in Manhattan. He has worked with the Survivors of Torture Program at Bellevue Hospital, served on the faculty in the Program for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Studies (PATSS) at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University, and served as a team leader with SAMSHA's Katrina Assistance Project in Southwest Louisiana after hurricanes Katrina and Rita. His work using Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy with combat veterans at the VA has received coverage from the NY Times, NPR, PBS Frontline and the Discovery Channel. Dr. Kramer received a B.F.A in Theater from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in 1985, and earned his PhD in Clinical Psychology from Long Island University/Brooklyn Campus in 2000. His doctoral dissertation explored the ways that listeners hear, process, ascribe meaning to, and ultimately remember the traumatic stories of Holocaust survivors.


March 7, 2012 - Debra Litzelman, M.D., Indiana University Medical School

Debra Litzelman serve as Professor of Medicine and the Associate Dean for Research in Medical Education at IUSM. She completed her Health Services Research (HSR) Fellowship training at the Regenstrief Institute (RGI) in 1989 and served as the HSR Fellowship Training program director from 2000-02 securing funding from HRSA to maintaining funding for the HSR training program during the 10-15 years of its existence. She has mentored over 15 post-doctoral fellows in HSR and in Medical Education Research most who have gone on to academic medicine careers. Dr. Litzelman is currently the PI on a second (through a competitive renewal) $1.5 million NIH Behavioral and Social Science Integrated Curricular Training grant for IUSM. She served as the co-PI on the Fetzer funded Relationship-centered Care Initiative (RCCI) directed at influencing and studying the impact of organizational change strategies on the professional learning environment of IUSM/IU Health System. She was an investigator on an internal IU Health Value's Education grant from 2006-08 to adapt the RCCI organizational change intervention to the IU Health System's patient care sites. She is using this prior experience to further organizational change interventions with primary care health care groups working to establish relational Patient Centered Medical Homes and with IU Health specialty group working to bring relational organizational change to their practice care sites. IU Health trainees are part of these practice care sites and, as such, she is also evaluating how we expose residents to curriculum and practical training to prepare them for their membership


February 1, 2012 - Fred Hersch, Jazz Pianist and Composer

As a solo pianist, composer, bandleader, and theatrical conceptualist, Fred Hersch lives up to the praise of the New York Times , who, in a featured Sunday Magazine piece, aptly declared him, “singular among the trailblazers of their art, a largely unsung innovator of this borderless, individualistic jazz – a jazz for the 21st century.” He has been nominated for two 2012 Grammy Awards for his solo CD Alone at the Vanguard. With three-dozen recordings as a leader/co-leader, and numerous awards and grants including a 2003 Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, and three previous Grammy® nominations, Hersch is among the most admired of contemporary jazz musicians, having collaborated with an astonishing rage of instrumentalists and vocalists throughout worlds of jazz, classical, and Broadway. Dubbed by Vanity Fair magazine as “the most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz over the last decade or so, he was also the first artist in the 75-year history of New York's legendary Village Vanguard to play week-long engagements as a solo pianist. The leader of a celebrated trio whose Whirl found its way onto numerous 2010 best-recordings-of-the-year lists, Hersch also recently mounted the ambitious 2011 production, “ My Coma Dreams ,” a critically-acclaimed full-evening jazz-theater multimedia work. He is on the Jazz Studies Faculty of The New England Conservatory. Hersch has had HIV/AIDS for more than 25 years and survived a 2-month coma in the summer of 2008. www.fredhersch.com
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December 7, 2011 - Rachel Hadas, Poet and Educator

Rachel Hadas is Board of Governors Professor of English at the Newark campus of Rutgers University and the author of over a dozen books of poetry, essays, and translations. Among her awards are a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Ingram-Merrill Foundation Fellowship, a fellowship at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, an American Academy-Institute of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, and the O.B. Hardison Poetry Prize from the Folger Shakespeare Library. Her latest book (and what chiefly brings her to Grand Rounds) is "Strange Relation: A Memoir of Marriage, Dementia, and Poetry" (Paul Dry Books 2011). Forthcoming in 2012 from Northwestern University Press is a new poetry collection, "The Golden Road."


November 2, 2011: Mary Gordon, Author and Educator

Mary Gordon is the author of six previous novels, two memoirs, a short-story collection, and Reading Jesus, a work of nonfiction. She has received many honors, among them a Lila Wallace–Reader's Digest Writers' Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an O. Henry Award, an Academy Award for Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Story Prize. She is the State Writer of New York. Gordon teaches at Barnard College and lives in New York City.


October 5, 2011: David Spangler

David Spangler, Ph.D. is currently Program Administrator and Artistic Director of Nova Southeastern University's Interdisciplinary Arts Master's Program. Dr. Spangler graduated with a BFA from Carnegie-Mellon University and did post-graduate work at the University of Pittsburgh and Kansas State University. He received his Ph.D. from Union Institute & University. He has worked professionally in theatre, film, and television as a director, writer, composer, and performer. His Broadway credits include The Magic Show, Seesaw, and Elizabeth I. He has also written and produced 35 songs for the Emmy Award winning Romper Room & Friends (9 CBS/Fox videos achieving “Gold” status). Dr. Spangler is the founder and artistic director of Lovewell Institute for the Creative Arts.


September 7, 2011: Chris Adrian, Physician and Author

Chris Adrian has written three novels: Gob's Grief, The Children's Hospital, and The Great Night. In 2008, he published A Better Angel, a collection of short stories. His short fiction has also appeared in The Paris Review, Zoetrope, Ploughshares, McSweeney's, The New Yorker, The Best American Short Stories, and Story. He was one of 11 fiction writers to receive a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2009.Adrian completed his Bachelor's degree in English from the University of Florida in 1993. He received his M.D. from Eastern Virginia Medical School in 2001. He completed a pediatric residency at the University of California, San Francisco, was a student at Harvard Divinity School, and is currently in the pediatric hematology/oncology fellowship at UCSF. He is also a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop.


May 4, 2011: Marie Howe, Poet and Teacher

Marie Howe is the author of three volumes of poetry, The Kingdom of Ordinary Time (2008); The Good Thief (1998); and What the Living Do (1997), and is the co-editor of a book of essays, In the Company of My Solitude: American Writing from the AIDS Pandemic (1994). Stanley Kunitz selected Howe for a Lavan Younger Poets Prize from the American Academy of Poets. She has, in addition, been a fellow at the Bunting Institute at Radcliffe College and a recipient of NEA and Guggenheim fellowships. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Poetry, Agni, Ploughsahres, Harvard Review, and The Partisan Review, among others. Currently, Howe teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College, Columbia, and New York University.


April 6, 2011: Rafael Campo, Physician and Poet

"Cultural Competence: Poetry and the Importance of Voice in the Illness Experience" Rafael Campo, M.A., M.D., D. Litt., is a poet and essayist who teaches and practices internal medicine at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. He is also on the faculty of Lesley University's Creative Writing MFA Program. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including a Guggenheim fellowship, a National Poetry Series award, and a Lambda Literary Award for his poetry; his third collection of poetry, Diva (Duke University Press, 2000), was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and his most recent, The Enemy, won the Sheila Motton Book Award from the New England Poetry Club, one of the nation's oldest poetry organizations. His work has also been selected for inclusion in the Best American Poetry and Pushcart Prize anthologies, and has appeared in numerous prominent periodicals including The Nation, The New Republic, the New York Times Magazine, Paris Review, Salon.com, Slate.com., and the Washington Post Book World .


March 2, 2011: Heather Harpham, Performance Artist - "Happiness"

Heather Harpham is a writer and performer of physical theater whose solo performances have been presented widely in New York City venues including on Theater Row and at The Looking Glass Theater (as a 2009 Space Grant recipient) . Internationally, her solo Happiness has played in Nepal at Theater Gurukul as part the annual Kathmandu Theater Festival. Harpham is the recipient of an Independent Artist Grant from the Marin Arts Council, the Brenda Ueland Prose Prize and the Herbert Rubin Award for Creative Writing. As a core member of the physical theater ensemble, Company SoGoNo, she received a nomination for a New York Innovative Theater award for their acclaimed piece, The Art of Memory . Heather has taught master classes in physical theater and improvisation in many settings including at NYU, The Neighborhood Playhouse, the Pratt Institute, Sarah Lawrence College, and Oglethorpe University. She holds an MFA in Theater and a MA in Creative Writing, both from NYU. www.heatherharpham.com


February 2, 2011 : Matt Spitzer, President - Doctors Without Borders

"Being With, Bearing Witness, Speaking Out –Voices of Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres.” Dr. Matthew Spitzer joined MSF in 1999, establishing primary care services and training medical providers in Khampa Tibet, southwestern China. He worked in Moyamba, Sierra Leone as field coordinator, with MSF-USA in a project exploring the medical needs of asylum seekers in detention in the U.S., and in Kampong Cham, Cambodia, where he coordinated response to epidemic dengue. He was first elected to the Board of Directors of MSF-USA in 2006, elected President in 2008, and is a member of the International Council Board of MSF-International.A family physician, Dr. Spitzer worked for 10 years in San Francisco at the St. Anthony Free Clinic and its affiliated drug rehabilitation program, practiced for a year and a half at San Quentin State Prison, and taught in the contextually-integrated case-based curriculum of UC Berkeley's Joint Medical Program. He joined the CFCM at Columbia in February 2010, practicing at the Farrell Family Health Center on 158th Street, and co-directing the Primary Care Clerkship of the medical school's Major Clinical Year.


January 5, 2011: Ana Blohm,"Vague Boundaries and Awkward Intimacies: Conflicts of a Physician Photographer"

Ana Blohm is a general internist working for the Mount Sinai Visiting Doctors Program. Born in Venezuela, she obtained her undergraduate degree from Harvard University. She completed her medical degree at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, and her Internal Medicine residency at Mount Sinai Hospital. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Blohm is Senior Faculty Advisor to Humanities and Medicine students at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. For a number of years, Dr. Blohm, a photographer, has been making portraits of her patients. This endeavor, coupled with her interest in bioethics, has led her to study the ethical issues involved at the intersection of photography and medicine.


December 1, 2010: Michael Berube , "Life As Jamie Knows It."

Michael Bérubé is the Paterno Family Professor in Literature and Director of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities at Pennsylvania State University, where he holds appointments in the Department of English and the Program in Science, Technology, and Society. He is the author of seven books to date. His most recent book, The Left at War, was published in 2009 by NYU Press. He is also the editor of The Aesthetics of Cultural Studies (Blackwell, 2004), and, with Cary Nelson, of Higher Education Under Fire: Politics, Economics, and the Crisis of the Humanities (Routledge, 1995). Bérubé has also written for a wide variety of academic journals such as American Quarterly , the Yale Journal of Criticism , and Modern Fiction Studies , as well as more popular venues such as Harper's , the New Yorker , The New York Times Magazine , the Washington Post , and the Nation. Life As We Know It was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year for 1996 and was chosen as one of the best books of the year (on a list of seven) by National Public Radio.


November 3, 2010: Nick Flynn Discussing his recent memoir The Ticking is the Bomb

Nick Flynn's Another Bullshit Night in Suck City (Norton, 2004), won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir, and has been translated into ten languages. He is also the author of two book of poetry, Some Ether (Graywolf, 2000), which won the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award, and Blind Huber (Graywolf, 2002). He has been awarded fellowships from The Guggenheim Foundation, The Library of Congress, The Amy Lowell Trust, and The Fine Arts Work Center.


October 6, 2010: Jonathan Metzl Discussing his recent book The Protest Psychosis: How Schizophrenia Became a Black Disease

Jonathan M. Metzl is associate professor of psychiatry and women's studies and director of the Culture, Health, and Medicine Program at the University of Michigan. A 2008 Guggenheim award recipient, Metzl has written extensively for medical, psychiatry, and popular publications. His books include Prozac on the Couch and Difference and Identity in Medicine .


September 8, 2010: Joshua Brandon Bennett

(Crip)Walking on Water: Thinking critically about race, performance, and The Disabled God. Performance artist Joshua Bennett has recited his original work in venues ranging from the Sundance Film Festival to The White House. He is a Marshall Scholar, Ford Foundation Fellow, and doctoral candidate at Princeton University whose work integrates issues of disability, stage performance, and racial identity.


June 2, 2010: Cortney Davis Nurse-poet and memoirist

Davis reads from her new collection, The Heart's Truth: Essays on the Art of Nursing. Richard Selzer has said the collection “should be required reading at every nursing school in the country. In writing of the highest quality, it offers a powerful and moving portrait of what it means to be a nurse."


May 5, 2010: Randi Hutter Epstein Dr. Epstein

a medical journalist who has written for, among other publications, The New York Times Magazine and the Washington Post, reads from her new book "Get Me Out: A History of Childbirth from the Garden of Eden to the Sperm Bank." "[A] sharp, sassy history of childbirth.... Roll over, Dr. Lamaze, and make room for Epstein's eyebrow-raising history." --Kirkus Reviews.


April 7, 2010: Susan Squier Author of Babies in Bottles: Twentieth Century Visions of Reproductive Technology , and Liminal Lives: Imagining the Human Frontiers of Biomedicine.

Squier is Professor of English and Women's Studies at Penn State. She speaks on her latest work, graphic fiction of illness and disability.


March 3, 2010: Shamita Das Dasgupta Domestic violence activist and faculty at NYU Law School

Dasgupta reads from Mothers for Sale: Women in Kolkata's Sex Trade. Based on hundreds of interviews with women and children sex workers in India, this “unique and urgently needed book” focuses on motherhood, sex work, and human rights in local and national contexts.


February 3, 2010: Robin Romm Romm reads from her acclaimed book The Mercy Papers: A Memoir in Three Weeks

written about the three weeks prior to her mother's death. In a front cover review, the NYT Book review called it “a furious blaze of a book.”


January 6, 2010: Sharon Olds

The renowned American poet reads from her work. New York State poet laureate from 1998-2000, the New York Times has said of her work: "Like Whitman, Ms. Olds sings the body in celebration of a power stronger than political oppression."


December 2, 2009: Virgil Wong Artist and filmmaker

Wong's work grapples with bioethically vexed medical technologies – including nanorobots, a smart-as-human genetically engineered mouse, and a male pregnancy program. His fictional “RYT-Dwayne Medical Center” ( www.rythospital.com ) had been called “disarmingly authentic” by the New York Times.


November 4, 2009: Harlan Coben NYT bestselling author reads from Hold Tight

which examines family, adolescent suicide, and a child's right to privacy over a parent's right to know. Dan Brown calls Coben “the modern master of the hook and twist – luring you in on the first page only to shock you on the last.”


September 2, 2009 G. Thomas Couser , Author of Vulnerable Subjects: Ethics and Life Writing and Recovering Bodies: Illness, Disability and Life Writing

and Founding Director of the Disability Studies Program at Hofstra University speaks on the critical role of disability studies in medical education.


October 7, 2009: Sandeep Jauhar Now a practicing cardiologist

Jauhar will read from his memoir Intern: A Doctor's Initiation. Vincent Lam has called the book “A vivid portrait of the culture of a New York City hospital, with its demanding hierarchy and sometimes indifferent cruelty." (NYTimes)


Available on video AND audio! June 3, 2009 Oliver Sacks, called “the poet laureate of medicine,”

is a neurologist and author of such books as The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat and Awakenings reads from his widely acclaimed latest book, Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain . “This book not only contributes to our understanding of the elusive magic of music but also illuminates the strange workings, and misfirings, of the human mind.” (NY Times)


May 6, 2009 Priscilla Wald, Professor of English and Women's Studies

reads from Contagious: Cultures, Carriers and the Outbreak Narrative , which Dr. Rita Charon has called “a magnificent book, notable for its prose, its expansiveness, its courage and its creativity.”


April 1, 2009 Hospital: Man, Woman, Birth, Death, Infinity, Plus, Red Tape, Bad Behavior, Money, God and Diversity on Steroids

Julie Salamon reads from Hospital: Man, Woman, Birth, Death, Infinity, Plus, Red Tape, Bad Behavior, Money, God and Diversity on Steroids , a “fascinating portrait of a Brooklyn, N.Y. hospital… much more than white coats and beeping consoles—it's 21st century America in a microcosm.” (Salon)


March 4, 2009 The Cure for Grief

Nellie Hermann will read from The Cure for Grief , “a subtle, elegiac coming-of-age novel about catastrophe, grief and the persistence of everyday life. ...A gorgeously readable meditation on mourning and survival. Profound, poetic and original." (Kirkus Reviews)


February 4, 2009 The Mercy Rule

Perri Klass , pediatrician and author of classic medical memoirs A Not Entirely Benign Procedure: Four Years as a Medical Student and Baby Doctor: A Pediatrician's Training , will read from her new novel The Mercy Rule . Chris Bohjalian said, “Few writers write as beautifully or authentically about parenting.”



January 7, 2009 Hurry Down Sunshine

Michael Greenberg , a columnist for London's "Times Literary Supplement," reads from his new memoir Hurry Down Sunshine . In the words of Oliver Sacks: “Lucid, realistic, compassionate, illuminating, Hurry Down Sunshine may provide a sort of guide for those who have to negotiate the dark regions of the soul.”


December 3, 2008 Staying Human in Medicine

Samuel Shem , author of iconic hospital novel The House of God reads from his new novel The Spirit of the Place , which Jerome Groopman has called “a deeply moving and profoundly intelligent exploration of the complexities and rewards of family, profession and place.”


November 5, 2008 Book Reading: To Love What Is: A Marriage Transformed

Alix Kates Shulman , the award-winning writer of bestseller Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen read from her new memoir To Love What Is: A Marriage Transformed , which chronicles a love story of a husband and wife as they face his traumatic brain injury and her transformation into caregiver . In the words of Oliver Sacks the memoir “celebrates the deep resilience of self, and the power of a loving relationship, in the face of devastating brain damage.”


October 1, 2008 Personal and Cultural Narratives about Living with Cancer

A presentation and discussion of the work of a partnership between a writer/ethicist Nancy Berlinger and an artist/representer of ill persons' bodies, Julia Boltin . This works articulates the power of seeing, hearing, representing, and beholding our patients throughout their illness and care. Professor Nancy Berlinger is a literary scholar and research ethicist at the Hastings Center and the Yale School of Nursing. Ms. Julia Boltin is a fine art printer and designer who has documented the effects of cancer treatment on the human body. Together we examined the role of stories in shaping the idea of cancer survivorship and the potential role of stories in improving care for real persons living with cancer.


September 3, 2008 Portraits of Compassion: The Stories We Have to Tell

A discussion with author/photographer Rosann Olson inspired by her book, This is Who I Am: Our Beauty in All Shapes and Sizes (2008), a collection of intimate studio photographs of women. Rounds opens a discussion of women, body image, and compassion through the stories and images of 54 women, ages 19-95, who reveal their bodies for the camera accompanied by their very personal essays of youth, aging, sexual abuse, anorexia, Alzheimer's disease, obesity, pregnancy and more. Olson is an award-winning photographer and a writer with a master's degree in journalism. Sept 2008 NM rounds


May 7, 2008 Cancer Survival and Inner Life

Mark Nepo is a poet and philosopher who has taught in the fields of poetry and spirituality for over thirty years. He has published works of poetry and creative non-fiction, and his poetry has been nominated for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. Nepo read from his latest book of poems and prose, Surviving Has Made Me Crazy which gathers 18 years of writing about his own journey with cancer. As a cancer survivor, he is committed to the usefulness of daily inner life. Through both his writing and teaching, he remains devoted to the life of inner transformation and relationship. For 18 years, Mark taught at the State University of New York at Albany. He now serves as a Program Officer for the Fetzer Institute in Kalamazoo, Michigan, a non-profit foundation devoted to fostering awareness of the power of love and forgiveness in the emerging global community. He continues to give readings, lectures, and retreats. May 2008 NM Rounds


April 2, 2008 The Experience and Neuroscience of Alzheimers

In her book I Can't Remember What I Forgot, Sue Halpern reviews what is known by neural scientists about the causes and course of Alzheimer's Disease and other dementias. At Rounds she discussed the experiences of persons with failing memories and what we all can do to improve or preserve our memory. She debunks some of the more common myths surrounding Alzheimer's diseases and normal memory loss and provides us with information about important discoveries being made in these fields. Halpern has been hailed as “an uncommonly gifted and compassionate writer.” ( LA Times ) She is a frequent contributor to such publications as the New Yorker , The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, Audubon and Good Housekeeping . She received a doctorate from Oxford University in 1985 and began teaching at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons. She is the author of two previous books of non-fiction, Migrations to Solitude , a New York Times notable book of the year, and Four Wings and a Prayer: Caught in the Mystery of the Monarch Butterfly , which is soon to be released as a feature-length documentary. She has also published two novels. A former Rhodes Scholar and Guggenheim fellow, Halpern is currently a scholar-in-residence at Middlebury College. A resident of Ripton, Vermont, she lives with her husband, Bill McKibben, and their daughter Sophie. April 2008 NM Rounds


March 5, 2008 Book Reading: Kyra

Carol Gilligan is a writer best known for her 1982 book, In a Different Voice , described by Harvard University Press as “the little book that started a revolution.” In 1996, she was named one of Time magazine's twenty-five most influential Americans. She was born and raised in New York City. She earned her B.A. with highest honors in English Literature from Swarthmore College and her Ph.D. in psychology from Harvard, where she was a member of the faculty for thirty-four years. Her award winning research led in 1997 to the creation of Harvard's first professorship in Gender Studies, which she held until 2001 when she returned to New York to become a University Professor at NYU. She lives with her husband in New York City and in the Berkshires. KYRA is her first novel. Ms. Gilligan will be in introduced by Professor Jerome Bruner, Research Professor of Psychology & Senior Research Fellow, School of Law, at New York University. Professor Bruner is an internationally renowned psychologist, influential educational philosopher, and architect of the cognitive revolution of the twentieth century. He is the author of, among many other books, Acts of Meaning and Actual Minds, Possible Worlds. March 2008 NM Rounds


February 6, 2008 Understanding Cancer in Young Adults Through First Person Narrative

Jennifer Stevens Madoff , DrPH, is on the faculty of the Department of Sociomedical Sciences in the Mailman School of Public Health. She published her late husband Roger Madoff's memoir, Leukemia for Chickens , which recounts their experiences living with cancer. Her talk included a reading from Leukemia for Chickens . February 2008 NM Rounds


January 2, 2008 Workshops in Poetry, Eulogy, Healing

Concurrent interactive workshops:

Reading, Seeing, and Making Poetry - Rose Bromberg - Resident poet with the Program in Narrative Medicine

Offering a Patient's Eulogy - Joseph Fennelly , M.D. - Internist, grief counselor, and Chair of the Medical Society of New Jersey's bioethics committee

Writing One's Memoir of Healing - Nicholas Steiner M.D. - Internist, survivor of melanoma, and author of memoir Unforeseen Consequences January 2008 NM rounds


September 5, 2007 Book Reading: Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures

Dr.Vincent Lam , emergency medicine physician in Toronto, will read from his recent collection of short stories entitled Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures.


October 3, 2007 Book Reading: A Body of Work

Dr. Christine Montross , psychiatrist and writer, will discuss her recently published book, A Body of Work , about the experience and consequences of dissecting the cadaver in the anatomy course in medical school.


November 7, 2007 Book Reading: Stories of Illness and Healing: Women Write Their Bodies

Sayantani DasGupta , MD, MPH and Marsha Hurst , PhD, editors of the newly published Stories of Illness and Healing: Women Write Their Bodies , and several contributors will read from this unique collection of voices of women experiencing illness and will discuss these poems, stories and essays in relation to the field of narrative medicine.


December 5, 2007 Reading in Slow Motion

Professor Richard E. Miller , Chair of the Department of English, Rutgers University and theorist of expressive composition, will discuss "Reading in Slow Motion" as a method of engaging readers in the co-creation of text.