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October Narrative Medicine Rounds: “An Ethics of Care: Restorative Justice and Healing in Toni Morrison’s Late Fiction,” a talk by professor Farah Jasmine Griffin

October 2, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

If you missed the October Narrative Medicine Rounds, you can listen to a podcast by clicking here.

For our October Narrative Medicine Rounds, we welcome Farah Jasmine Griffin, the William B. Ransford Professor of English and Comparative Literature and the inaugural chair of the African American and African Diaspora Studies Department and Director of the Institute for Research in African American Studies at Columbia University.  Professor Griffin received her B.A. from Harvard, where she majored in American History and Literature and her PhD in American Studies from Yale. Her major fields of interest are American and African American literature, music, and history.

She has published widely on issues of race and gender, feminism, jazz and cultural politics. Griffin is the author of Who Set You Flowin?: The African American Migration Narrative (Oxford, 1995), Beloved Sisters and Loving Friends:   Letters from Rebecca Primus of Royal Oak, Maryland, and Addie Brown of Hartford Connecticut, 1854-1868 (Alfred A. Knopf, 1999), If You Can’t Be Free, Be a Mystery: In Search of Billie Holiday (Free Press, 2001) and co-author, with Salim Washington, of Clawing At the Limits of Cool: Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and the Greatest Jazz Collaboration Ever (Thomas Dunne, 2008). Her most recent book is Harlem Nocturne:  Women Artists and Progressive Politics During World War II (Basic Books, 2013).

Professor Griffin collaborated with composer and pianist Geri Allen and director and actor S. Epatha Merkerson on two theatrical projects, for which she wrote the book:  The first “Geri Allen and Friends Celebrate the Great Jazz Women of the Apollo” with Lizz Wright, Dianne Reeves, Teri Lyne Carrington and others, premiered on the main stage of the Apollo Theater in May 2013. “A Conversation with Mary Lou,” featuring vocalist Carmen Lundy, premiered at Harlem Stage in March 2014 and was performed at The John F. Kennedy Center in May 2016.

Her essays and articles have appeared in Essence, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, The Guardian, Harper’s Bazaar, Art Forum and other publications.  She is also a frequent radio commentator on political and cultural issues.

Narrative Medicine Rounds are monthly rounds on the first Wednesday of the month during the academic year hosted by the Division of Narrative Medicine in the Department of Medical Humanities and Ethics at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. These events are free and open to the public.

PLEASE NOTE: October Narrative Medicine Rounds take place at CUIMC School of Nursing, 560 West 168 St., Seventh floor, instead of the Faculty Club.



October 2, 2019
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Division of Narrative Medicine in the Department of Medical Humanities and Ethics
Tel: 212.305.1952 | Fax: 212.305.9349


Open to public


CUIMC School of Nursing – Seventh floor
560 West 168 St.
New York, NY 10032 United States
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