Literature & Medicine

What is it?

Literature & Medicine: Humanities, Health, & Healthcare discussion series are multi-session discussion series that explore issues central to caring for people, whether they are well, sick, or dying. These projects use literature, journalism, or other sources of humanities content such as film or theater to stimulate discussions on various health issues, such as advanced and chronic illnesses, mental illness, aging in a youth-obsessed world, issues around death and dying, rights of self-determination, wellness, and other relevant health topics in American society.

These series take place in a wide spectrum of civic, cultural, and service organizations: community centers, places of worship, faith-based organizations, hospitals, community health centers, libraries, and veterans and military/service organizations. Literature & Medicine brings community residents and humanities scholars together for discussion, learning, and enjoyment.

Who participates?

Any members of a community may attend along with a scholar who facilitates each session.

What does this program do?

The Literature & Medicine program works to increase open conversations about health and healthcare, to increase empathy, to increase interpersonal and communication skills, to increase cultural awareness, and to increase awareness of health and healthcare care issues in American society.

How do I get Literature & Medicine in my community?

There are two ways to make a Literature & Medicine series or program happen in your community or organization. The first, for nonprofit organizations, is to apply for apply for a Literature & Medicine grant. In addition, Mass Humanities will support your organizing a Literature & Medicine program on a cost-plus basis for companies and other for-profit organizations. For more information on either aspect of the program, please contact Rose Sackey-Milligan at Mass Humanities: (413) 584-8440 x101.

Who funds it?

Mass Humanities funds Literature & Medicine series throughout Massachusetts through our Discussion Grants program.

Literature & Medicine: Humanities at the Heart of Health Care™ was developed by the Maine Humanities Council.