Arts & Culture

Rita Charon to Present Webinar on How Humanities Can Impact and Enrich Health Care

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb 23, 2022) — The University of Kentucky Gaines Center for the Humanities will sponsor a virtual webinar next week on “Narrative Medicine: How Humanities Can Impact and Enrich Health Care.”

The webinar will feature Rita Charon, M.D., Ph.D. from 5-6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 3, on Zoom.

Charon is a professor of medicine and medical humanities and ethics at Columbia University. In the early 2000s, she co-founded the field of narrative medicine. Charon is the author of “Narrative Medicine: Honoring the Stories of Illness” and co-author of “The Principles and Practice of Narrative Medicine.”  

The webinar will focus on the origination of narrative medicine, how it has evolved and how it can be applied in the world today.  

Margaux Danby, a first-year medical student in the UK College of Medicine, is helping organize the webinar on behalf of the Gaines Center. Danby holds a master of science in narrative medicine from Columbia University.  

“If you love interdisciplinary work, value the power of storytelling or find that the arts and sciences are not so different after all, this one is for you,” Danby said.  

The event is open to anyone in the UK community.  

Register for the event here.

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