A newsletter from the Division of Medical Humanities at NYU Langone Health
April 17, 2020

The Epicenter: A Week Inside New York’s Public Hospitals

Through text and photos, the New York Times takes readers "inside the underfunded, overwhelmed public hospitals that are trying to save New York."

Could Lessons from the Early Fight Against AIDS Inform the Coronavirus Response?

Doctors and activists who worked through the early years of AIDS say there are similarities between those days and the current pandemic — and insights that could help shape strategy.

How Stories Connect And Persuade Us: Unleashing The Brain Power Of Narrative

People love a good story; it's easy to be drawn into a fictional world and become deeply involved in characters' lives. A growing body of brain science helps explains why this is, as well as some unexpected benefits—including the way narratives can influence people's health care decisions.

Grieving With Brahms

Alex Ross, grieving the recent loss of his mother, writes about the sadness and reflection that comes through in the work of Johannes Brahms, whom he calls “the great poet of the ambiguous, in-between, nameless emotions.”

Highlights from
Division of Medical Humanities Projects
at NYU Langone Health

BLR Featured Issue: "Our Fragile Environment"

In recognition of Earth Day (celebrated on April 22), explore BLR's theme issue on the environment, along with a companion study guide and roundtable discussion with three authors from the issue. Highlights include:

New Annotation:
Joshua Jiang on One Child Nation by Nanfu Wang and Lynn Zhang

“The film raises important bioethical questions, demonstrates a troubling intersection of medicine and the state, and confronts viewers with the realities of a policy that intruded into one of the most intimate aspects of a people’s humanity.”

Calls for Submission & Other Opportunities

Coronavirus & Society: Call for Papers
Social Sciences & Humanities Open invites reflective contributions on the impact of COVID-19, and the changes we may expect to see going forward. As a multidisciplinary social science and humanities journal, the journal's focus is the social and cultural implications of this unprecedented moment. They are interested in receiving both empirical research – such as it may be conducted in these times – and (shorter) theoretical and critical commentaries on the longer term – and present - implications of the coronavirus. Submissions may be from any social science or humanities discipline, and they welcome interdisciplinary reflections. More information.


2020 Conley Art of Medicine Contest
The AMA Journal of Ethics with support from the John Conley Foundation for Ethics and Philosophy sponsors an Art of Medicine contest for works in visual media that explore ethical dimensions of health or health care. Visual media entries will be judged on ethical interest and importance of the content, aesthetic appeal, and its capacity to visually augment content in forthcoming issues of the AMA Journal of Ethics. The winning artist will receive a $5,000 prize.
     Currently enrolled US medical students (MD or DO), resident physicians, or fellows are eligible to submit entries. Entries must not have been previously published in print or electronic format and must not have been submitted to any other publication. More information.

Events & Conferences


Talk Rx

True-life stories by medical, nursing, and PA students, live online.  Brought to you by Stanford’s Medicine and the Muse Program

Alan Alda & Steven Pinker: Secrets of Great Communication


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

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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