A newsletter from the Division of Medical Humanities at NYU Langone Health
June 5, 2020

Photograph: Ciro Fusco/EPA

Ghost, angel, martyr: the brutal brilliance of George Floyd murals from Syria to Belfast

In Minneapolis, he’s an unforgiving ghost. In Naples, a saint weeping blood. In Nantes, a revolutionary. Critic Jonathan Jones looks at how the killing has inflamed street artists worldwide.

Memories of the Spanish Flu

Jerome Lowenstein, MD, professor of medicine at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, shares an excerpt from his novel, Henderson's Equation: "The news each day is filled with the casualties of the Covid-19 pandemic. It brought to mind a description I wrote of the 'Spanish flu'... This excerpt captures for me what is happening at this time."

Suspicious Minds: Cinematic Depiction of Distrust During Epidemic Disease Outbreaks

In this article, Qijun Han and Daniel R. Curtis closely analyze three films that center around epidemic diseases—Contagion, Blindness, and The Painted Veil—in order to explore key issues about trust and social responses during epidemics.

Taking Lessons From a Bloody Masterpiece

"[W]ho said art should be an escape, a comfort, a barbiturate?" writes Jason Farago, who deep dives into Thomas Eakins' “The Gross Clinic”—a painting that was sharply criticized when first exhibited, and now is considered a masterpiece—in this interactive feature.

Dr. Vivek Murthy Receives 2020 Vilcek-Gold Award

The Vilcek Foundation and The Arnold P. Gold Foundation recently named Dr. Vivek Murthy, 19th Surgeon General of the United States, the recipient of the 2020 Vilcek-Gold Award for Humanism in Healthcare. This award shines a spotlight on immigrant leaders in U.S. healthcare and recognizes the positive impact that humanistic care has on public health.

Highlights from
Division of Medical Humanities Projects
at NYU Langone Health

BLR Featured Story: "The Disease, Then, But a Constellation"

This story by Daniel Gutstein contains just five spare, poetic paragraphs that flow one into the next, telling a full story of family and illness.

New Annotation: Dustin Brinker on The Walking Dead (Volumes 1-32) by Robert Kirkman

“Taking place in a post-apocalyptic United States, these graphic novels follow the life and legacy of a former county police officer named Rick Grimes as he and those he encounters learn to survive and thrive in a world beset by zombies… Relationships of all kinds are questioned, the most salient of which is that of parenthood.”

Calls for Submission & Other Opportunities


Events & Conferences


4th Annual UnLonely Film Festival

The 4th annual UnLonely Film Festival is a collection of 35 short-narrative, animated, and documentary films dealing with the issue of loneliness. For the first time, the festival will kick off with a virtual awards ceremony on Sunday, June 7 at 7 p.m. ET to allow viewers around the world to honor the festival award-winners and celebrate the power of the arts to connect in a time when feeling connected is more important than ever.

“Integrative Approach to COVID-19 and the Mind”

Part of the Music and Mind Live series with Renée Fleming
Featuring Deepak Chopra, MD (The Chopra Foundation)

AMWA Poetry Hour: The Physician as Patient


Storytelling in the Age of COVID-19

American College of Physicians Webinar

“Using Music for Health and Wellbeing during COVID-19”

Part of the Music and Mind Live series with Renée Fleming
Featuring Wendy Magee, PhD (Temple University); Tom Sweitzer, MMT, MT-BC (A Place to Be)

Humanizing the Experience of Migrants

Join the #MedHumChat community to discuss the experience of migrants and how we can better provide culturally safe care.
(9:00pm-10:00pm, Twitter)

Narrative Medicine & The Creative Impulse

Hosted by the Division of Narrative Medicine at Columbia. Early Bird Registration of $50 off tuition through September 18. Standard registration open through October 16th, space permitting.
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