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Dean's Distinguished Lecture in

the Humanities

The Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series was founded at the College of Physicians & Surgeons in 1981 to provide a forum and formal vehicle for interdisciplinary academic exchange in the basic sciences, clinical sciences, and humanities. The lectures are designed to emphasize the cross-collaborative nature of scientific inquiry and to enrich the traditional scholarly exchange between the health sciences faculties, the other branches of Columbia University, and the metropolitan New York medical community—all while honoring the school's fundamental responsibility to maintain the highest standards of humanistic education.

Over the past thirty five years, we have been fortunate to have as speakers some of the world's leading basic scientists, clinicians, and humanistic scholars, all of whom have made significant and outstanding contributions to their respective fields. Yet, as expert as all of these speakers are in their areas of specialization, they have been able to bring their thoughts and experiences to life for those outside their traditional academic disciplines—some of whom ultimately have found new ways to advance this knowledge at the intersection of the arts and sciences.

Through the Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series, we look forward to continuing our tradition of bringing together students, professors, researchers and clinicians in the spirit of true intellectual curiosity and academic cooperation—sowing the seeds, perhaps, for the next great breakthrough discovery or cure in the process.

Available Videos:
Speaker: Rita Charon, MD, PhD
Lecture Date: April 27, 2017
Lecture Title: “The Shock of Attention: Art, Science, Creativity, and Doubt”

2016-2017 EVENTS

Rita Charon

"The Shock of Attention: Art, Science, Creativity, and Doubt"

Rita Charon, MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine
College of Physicians and Surgeons
Columbia University

Thursday, April 27, 2017
4:30 p.m.
P&S Alumni Auditorium
650 West 168th Street, first floor

Rita Charon is a general internist and literary scholar who originated the field of narrative medicine. She is the founder and Executive Director of the Program in Narrative Medicine and Professor of Medicine at Columbia University. She completed the MD at Harvard in 1978 and the PhD in English at Columbia in 1999, concentrating on the works of Henry James. Her research investigates narrative medicine training, reflective practice, and health care team effectiveness and has been supported by the NIH, the NEH, the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation, and several other private foundations. She lectures and teaches internationally on narrative medicine and is widely published in leading medical and literary journals. She has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Bellagio Residence from the Rockefeller Foundation, and many distinctions from clinical and literary societies. She is the author of Narrative Medicine: Honoring the Stories of Illness (Oxford University Press, 2006) and co-author of Principles and Practice of Narrative Medicine, (Oxford University Press, 2017).

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