A newsletter from the Division of Medical Humanities at NYU Langone Health
April 24, 2020

‘The Plague’ perfectly captures the risk in returning to normal

"It's the most vexing phase of an epidemic -- once an illness peters out, healthy people begin to place it in the past..." Dr. Howard Markel uses Camus' The Plague to dramatize the unfolding of an epidemic, in four acts.

The Nocturnists: Stories from the Pandemic

The new season of The Nocturnists podcast highlights "Stories from the Pandemic," featuring the experiences of those working on the front lines in the fight against COVID-19.

Little Demons, Death And Biting Dogs: How We Picture Disease

Artists and scholars explore how disease has been anthromorphized throughout history, from depictions of the most vulnerable victims and representations of pain, to cartoons that play on the shape of an actual virus.

A Short History of Wellbeing Through Exercise

As people the world over are compelled to spend most of their time at home, daily exercise has never seemed more essential to health and wellbeing. Here writer Kate Carter explores Western history in text and images to draw links between people of the past and those of us following online gym workouts indoors or setting out on a government-approved walk or run today.

Highlights from
Division of Medical Humanities Projects
at NYU Langone Health

BLR Featured Essay: "The House Across from the Park"

At the age of 92, Joan Kip won the BLR Prize for Nonfiction for her essay "The House Across from the Park," a thoughtful piece about aging, loss, and change: "Perhaps my diminution of energy is part of evolution's innate wisdom. A gradual withdrawal from the pulsing, outer world into the inner realm of pure self."

New Annotation: Russell Teagarden on 5B by Dan Krauss and Paul Haggis

"5B is a documentary about the special unit created at San Francisco General Hospital (Ward 5B) in 1983 to take care of people with AIDS... The story is told from various perspectives through interviews with key figures in its development and operation, and archival footage of the ward and AIDS activism in the community."

Calls for Submission & Other Opportunities


Events & Conferences


The Universe in Verse


‘The Origin Story of New York’s Public Health System’ Webinar


The National Humanities Center’s Virtual Book Club Series: The Decameron


Storytelling in the Time of COVID 19: Malcolm Gladwell in Conversation with Jacob Weisberg


The Science of Music

An online talk by Dr Pascal Wallisch

“Passing for Human: Writing Comics from Life,” a talk by cartoonist Liana Finck

May Virtual Narrative Medicine Rounds, Columbia Narrative Medicine

Narrative Medicine & The Creative Impulse

** RESCHEDULED from April 17-19 **
Hosted by the Division of Narrative Medicine at Columbia. Early Bird Registration of $50 off tuition through March 20. Standard Registration open through April 6th, space permitting.
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