8th International Health Humanities Meeting
The Environments of the Health Humanities: Inquiry and Practice


Schedule Overview Abstracts
Thursday, 28 March Presenter List (alpha order) 
Friday, 29 March Maps
Saturday, 30 March Things To Do in Chicago
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Plenary Speakers

MK Czerwiec, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

MK Czerwiec, RN, MA is a nurse who uses comics to contemplate the complexities of illness and caregiving. She is the Artist-in-Residence at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine and a Senior Fellow of the George Washington School of Nursing Center for Health Policy & Media Engagement. MK has been making comics under the pseudonym Comic Nurse since 2000. She co-runs, a website devoted to the intersection of comics and health. Her most recent book is Taking Turns: Stories from HIV/AIDS Care Unit 371 which was selected as JAMA‘s “Best of Graphic Medicine” for 2017.

Anand Prahlad, University of Missouri

Anand Prahlad is the author of two books of poems, Hear My Story and Other Poems, and As Good As Mango, and an award-winning memoir, The Secret Life of A Black Aspie.He has also published critical articles and books on black folklore and the proverb, including Reggae Wisdom: Proverbs in Jamaican Music and African American Proverbs in Context, and he edited the three-volume set The Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Folklore and the one-volume The Greenwood Student Encyclopedia of African American Folklore. His most recent works, which includes creative writing, songwriting, and scholarship, focus on disability, and especially the intersections between disability, race, and genderfluid identities. Prahlad is a professor in the English Department, at the University of Missouri, where he is the Director of the Creative Writing Program, and teaches courses in folklore, film, creative writing, and disability studies.

Bess Willamson, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Dr. Bess Williamson writes about the intersection of design and social movements, including attention to race, gender, disability, environment, and labor concerns. Her book Accessible America: A History of Disability and Design (NYU Press, 2019) charts the way that the cause of Disability Rights changed definitions of design and access in the U.S. As Associate Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, she teaches classes on design history, theory, and politics, and directs the M.A. Program in Modern and Contemporary Art History.

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Thursday, 28 March

Times Panel Number Session Name Presenters Room
9am-5pm Registration Lobby
9-11:30am HHC Steering Committee Meeting 8002
12-1:30pm SESSION I
Panel I.A Data for Diverse and Inclusive Educational Environments 8011
Erin Gentry Lamb
Sarah Berry
Amanda M. Caleb
Krisann Muskievicz
Panel I.B Refugees, Place, Narrative: Field Research, Literary Study, and Pedagogy 8002
Joanna Michel
Rebecca Garden
Sandy Sufian
Panel I. C On Being Creative in Clinical Spaces 8009
Kat Jong
David Elkin
Monique Montenegro
Flash Panel I.D Contrived Environments: An Exploration of Kazu Ishiguro’s Abandoned Ideas 8005
Shruti Patil
Seeing Medicine Through Different Eyes: A Qualitative Study of Nurses’ and Physicians’ Attitudes Towards Hierarchy
Lily Seo
Clare Drebitko
Nathaniel Brown
Abortion access as an unrecognized healthcare disparity
Katie Watson
Rediscovering What the Ancients Knew About Getting Outside
Jacqueline Genovese
Emotional Boundaries: Self-Disclosure in the Undergraduate Health Humanities Classroom
Wendy Horwitz
The Performance and Pedagogy of Standardized Patienthood
Sarah Press
The waiting room as a space for self-expression in the pediatric primary care setting
Anoushka Sinha
Natalie Diacovo
Development of the Health Humanities Curriculum:  Using Professional Healthcare Competencies to Inform Threads
Tricia Ryan
Panel I.E “In vain all remedies [we] apply”: Anne Finch and the Treatment of Melancholy 8012
Heather Meek
Insomnia and Nightmare Aesthetics in Poe and Macnish
Eric Hengstebeck
Black and sleepless in a non-ideal world
Keisha Ray
1:30-1:45 BREAK Lobby
1:45-3:15 SESSION II
Panel II.A In Context: Using the Humanities to Explore Moral Growth, Reaffirm Individuality and Build Resilience in Medical Trainees 8011
David Elkin
Latoya Frolov
Panel II.B Withdrawn
Panel II.C Attending and Attention In Medicine: Mapping Metacognitive Lenses To Neurocognitive Pathways For Patient Storytelling 8009
Quentin Eichbaum
Leonard E. White
Raymond C. Barfield
Panel II.D The Labors of Love: Glory as Informal Caregiver in Marilynne Robinson’s Home 8005
Lorna Hummel
Where did they put you? Transition and adaptation to long-term care in Alice Munro’s short stories
Lucia Gagliese
Misfits and Medicine: Crossing Borders with Shusaku Endo
Brian Volck
Panel II.E Borders, Bodies and Black Goo: Ebola Analogues in It Comes at Night 8012
Gillian Andrews
Is the Bacterial Resistome a Hyperobject?
Lorenzo Servitje
Envisaging a Postgenomic Era: Biocapital and the (Re)Inscription of Female Bodies in a Medicalized Society in MaddAddam Trilogy
Hsin-Ju Kuo
3:15-3:30 BREAK Lobby
3:30-5 PLENARY Mapping The Landscape of Graphic Medicine 8005/Overflow in 8002
MK Czerwiec, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine;
Introduced by Andrea Charise
5-7pm RECEPTION Concourse-Floor C (Reached from First Floor. Take escalator down. Elevator available around corner)



Number Title Author
1 Graphic Bioethics
• Craig M. Klugman
2 Aesthetics and Anesthetics: Boundaries and Crossings in Poetry and Anesthesia
• Audrey Shaffer
3 Letting Residents Tell Their Stories: Narrative Medicine as a Means to Reduce Burnout among Internal Medicine Residents
• Anna Maria Gramelspacher
• John Steven Cummins
• Jon Meyer
• Laura Hirshfield
4 Improving Interventions Designed for Pediatric Patients Diagnosed with ADHD and Anxiety
• Amira Nafiseh
Drawing Brains: Infusing Neuroscience Education With Health Humanities
• Leonard White

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Friday, 29 March


Times Panel Number Session Name Presenters Room
8-8:30 BREAKFAST Lobby
8:30-10 PLENARY Disability, Race, and the City of Imagination 8005/Overflow in 8010
Anand Prahlad, University of Missouri
Introduced by Lise Saffran
10-10:30 BREAK Lobby
10:30-12 Session III
Panel III.A Refiguring the Cultural Contours of Embodiment: Recent Work in Disability Arts 8005
Ann M. Fox
Carrie Sandahl
Sandie Yi
MK Czerwiec
Aly Patsavas
Panel III.B The Environments and Contexts of “Medical” Versus “Health” Humanities 8002
Julia Knopes
Melissa Pompili
M. Ariel Cascio
Panel III.C The Role of Doodling for Healthcare Researchers in Enhancing Self-Awareness and Attention While Reducing Anxiety and Depression 8009
Carol Nash
The Place of Music in Stress Management among Obafemi Awolowo University Community Members
Olusegun Stephen Titus
Improvisation in Navigating Self-Care and Health Care Environments
Matt Elwell & Nicole Buras
Panel III.D Problematic Language: How the term “burnout” limits attempts to assist struggling physicians 8010
Stephanie L. Shively
Transforming LaCombe’s “Playing God” into the Confessional Narrative it Should Be
Julie Aultman
A discourse analysis of parallel chart narratives: emotional attitudes and role expectations adopted by medical trainees
Roxana Delbene
Panel III.E Chrysalis: Storytelling for Life Transitions 8012
Laura Biagi
A Psychotherapy Narrative
Hilary Offman
Narrative-based education for worsening prognosis and end-of-life conversations: clinical implications for learning and practice
Deborah Love
12:15-1:15 HHC Members Business Meeting 8005/Overflow in 8010
Panel IV.A Intersections in Bioethics and Environmental Ethics 8005
Nese Devenot
Eileen Anderson-Fye
Kerri L. Slatus
Rachel Bracken
Panel IV.B Teaching in the Borderlands of Healthcare Education: Can the Humanities be Relevant without Reductionism? 8002
Nate Johnson
Nicole Piemonte
Erica Fletcher
Panel IV.C Operationalizing Donna Haraway’s Cyborg through My Cancer Narrative 8009
Jay Baglia
The Influence of Time on Meaning: Cancer Family Caregiver Stories
Anna-leila Williams
Panel IV.D Health professionals’ practices of writing as a technology of the self: values and procedures in contemporaneity 8010
Ana Zimmermann
‘Healthcaring’: Learning to Resist the Logic of Letting Go through Arts-Based Curriculum in a Student-Run Free Clinic
R. Amerisa Waters
Historicizing and Problematizing “Do Everything”: A Verbal Artifact Excavated at the Bedsides of Critical and Palliative Care Patients
Susan Lamb
Michel Shamy
Panel IV.E ‘We uncertain step’: Dickinson, Blindness, and Physical Education 8012
Jess Libow
The Psychiatrist’s Tragedy:  Hereditary as an Experiment in Biological and Supernatural Horror
Catherine Belling
The Deaf Gene’ as Narrative Claim to Heredity: A Discursive Exploration
Rachel Kolb
3-3:30 BREAK Lobby
3:30-5 SESSION V
Panel V.A None of us is as smart as all of us: Working together to create positive outcomes 8005
David G. Thoele
Sheri Reda
Susan Cotter-Schaufele
Panel V.B Story RX: Storytelling in the Medical Humanities in Practice 8002
Pablo Romano
Laurel Braitman
Candice Jeehae Kim
Noemie Catherine Levy
Panel V.C Dating Websites and Disability Identity: Presentations of the Disabled Self in Online Dating Profiles 8009
Teresa Milbrodt
Disabling Surroundings: Exploring Physical Difference in Graphic Novels
Madalina Meirossu
Risks of Disability Aesthetics
Andries Hiskes
Panel V.D Hildegard of Bingen 8010
Katherine Burke
The Journey of the Wandering Soul: Philosophy, Painting, Dance, and the Question of Personhood
Peter Steeves
Danielle Meijer
Photography and Bioethics
Tod Chambers
Panel V.E. Narratives of the other in dominant social consciousness: Radical redefinitions of experience in the everyday 8012
Em Rabelais
Medicine’s Strange Encounters with Patients and Texts: A Feminist Phenomenological Intervention in Health Humanities
Maryam Golafshani
The trouble with teaching Wendell Berry: Health, land, community, limits, and why we might, like, care
Brian Volck
5-6:30 HHC Curriculum & Assessment Working Group 8002

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Saturday, 30 March

Times Panel Number Session Name Presenters Room
8-8:30 BREAKFAST Lobby
8:30-10 PLENARY From Self-Help to Access: Design and the Struggle for Disability Rights 8005/Overflow in 8010
Bess Williamson
Introduced by Rebecca Garden
10-10:15 BREAK Lobby
10:15-11:45 SESSION VI
Panel VI.A Painted Bodies: Practicing the Science of Anatomy and the Art of Human Touch in Medical School 8005
Gretchen Case
Karly Pippitt
Susan Sample
Panel VI.B Health Humanities and Health Technologies: Opportunities to Define Future Paths 8002
Kirsten  Ostherr
Andrea Charise
Mikki Kressbach
Panel VI.C Sikh therapeutic geographies and the making of healthy spaces 8009
Arlene MacDonald
Traumatic landscapes: two geographies of addiction
Jesse Proudfoot
Wormy Borders: Public Health Hookworm Narratives and Fictional Accounts of Citizenship and Belonging
Stephanie Larson
Panel VI.D The Body Hygienic: Environmental Racism and Environmental Health in Nineteenth Century African American Narratives 8010
Emily Waples
‘Tropical’ Environments and the Politics of Health
Jessica Howell
Sensory Environs of the Nineteenth-Century Asylum
Rachel Blumenthal
Panel VI.E From Classroom to Operating Room: Locating the Heart of Health Humanities 8012
Lois Leveen
Reframing Medicine in the Medical Humanities: Teaching and Outreach in Alternative Medicine Environments
Emily Beck
Margaret Flood
Use of Mixed-Methods Approach to Assess the Impact of a Pre-professional Health Humanities Honors Course on Developing Interpersonal Skills
Therese Poirier
11:45-12 BREAK
Panel VII.A The Entwinement of Practice and Humanities: Perspectives from the Community, the Global Arena and End of Life Care 8005
Sara Adams
Gerry Gorman​
Rebecca Singer
Panel VII.B Live Storytelling Workshop: So you want to tell your story? 8002
Laurel Braitman
Pablo Romano
Panel VII.C Breaking Bad—A ‘Borderland’ Illness Narrative 8009
Naila V. deCruz-Dixon
Neoliberal Frontiers: Autism, Nationality, and the American West in Rain Man and My Name Is Khan
Kristen Loutensock
Sleep but not Sleep: Filmic and Literary Imaginings of the Body and Mind in Coma
Ruth McCann
Panel VII.D When Private Goes Public: An International History of the Pharmaceutical Company Sponsored Nurse 8010
Raquel Baldwinson
How social context effects comprehension of health information
Laura Pigozzi
Panel VII.E The Living God Downstream: Reproductive Justice and Relational Ontologies 8012
Allyse Knox-Russell
Body as Environment in Vaccination Controversy
Bernice L. Hausman
Migrant workers’ de jure vs de facto access to health
Shannon Guillot-Wright

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  1. Connect to “depaul”, choose “Guest Wifi”, choose “Conference Guest”, enter Conference ID “healthhum@nities19”, enter your name and email
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