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A panel of medical humanities scholars reflect on, and discuss, the issues, approaches, and concepts that will define the medical humanities in this coming decade

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Event Schedule

4:00 pm Welcome by Adrián Pérez Melgosa , HISB Director; Introduction by Andrew Fleschler , Stony Brook University

4:15 pm Presentations moderated by Lisa Diedrich , Stony Brook University

     Presentation 1

     Presentation 2

     Presentation 3

     Presentation 4

 5:15 pm Panel discussion lead by Lisa Diedrich

6:00 pm Q&A

6:30 pm Closing remarks by Adrián Pérez Melgosa


Jack Coulehan (MD, MPH) is an Emeritus Professor of Medicine and Preventive Medicine, and Senior Fellow of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics at Stony Brook University. He developed and directed the Medicine in Contemporary Society curriculum for medical students and chaired the hospital ethics committee for many years. Coulehan has contributed numerous articles and book chapters to the literature in fields as diverse as clinical epidemiology, physician-patient communication, medical ethics, literature in medicine, professional formation, and medical education, and his award-winning textbook The Medical Interview: Mastering Skills for Clinical Practice is used in medical schools throughout the United States. Jack is the author of six collections of poetry, including most recently The Wound Dresser, which was selected by Robert Pinsky, former Poet Laureate of the United States, as a finalist for the 2016 Dorset Poetry Prize. Among Jack’s awards are the Humanities Medal of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and the Nicholas Davies Award of the American College of Physicians for lifetime contributions to the humanities in medicine.
Andrew M. Flescher (PhD) is a Professor of Family, Population, and Preventive Medicine and English and core faculty in the Program of Public Health at Stony Brook University.  He is a scholar of biomedical ethics, ethics and literature, public health, and health care policy, also serving Stony Brook Hospital in a clinical setting as Living Donor Advocate, sitting on its Living Donor Committee and Hospital Ethics Committee.  Flescher received his BA in Medieval and Renaissance Studies and History from Duke University and his MA and PhD in Religious Studies from Brown University. In addition to writing several articles and book chapters, he is the author of four books:   Heroes, Saints, and Ordinary MoralityThe Altruistic Species (2007, winner of the Choice Award), Moral Evil (2013, winner of the Prose Award), and most recently The Organ Shortage Crisis in America.
Lisa Diedrich (PhD) received her PhD in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Emory University in 2001. Since then she has taught in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Stony Brook. Her research and teaching interests include critical medical studies, disability studies, feminist science studies, and interdisciplinary feminist and queer theories and methodologies. She is the author of Indirect Action: Schizophrenia, Epilepsy, AIDS, and the Course of Health Activism and  Treatments: Language, Politics, and the Culture of Illness. She is also editor (with Victoria Hesford) of the collection Feminist Time Against Nation Time: Gender, Politics, and the Nation-State in an Age of Permanent War and a special issue of  Feminist Theory "Experience, Echo, Event: Theorising Feminist Histories, Historicising Feminist Theory". She is affiliated faculty in the Department of Philosophy and with the PhD concentration in Disability Studies in the School of Health Technology and Management.
Esther L Jones (PhD) is an Associate Professor of English and the E. Franklin Frazier Chair of African American Literature, Theory and Culture currently serving as Associate Provost and Dean of the Faculty at Clark University in Worcester, MA. She holds a doctorate in English and a Master of Arts in African American and African Studies from the Ohio State University. Her research specializations include race and gender in the medical humanities, literature and medicine, speculative fiction, and black diasporic women’s literature. Jones is the author of Medicine and Ethics in Black Women’s Speculative Fiction which examines the constructions of black pathology and bioethics in science fiction by contemporary black women writers. She is currently editor-in-chief of the forthcoming is the editor-in-chief of a forthcoming major reference work titled, The Palgrave Handbook of Global Critical Health Humanities, Race and Ethnicity.
Rishi Goyal (MD, PhD) is Director of the Medicine, Literature and Society major at Institute for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University.  He is also an attending physician in the Emergency Department at Columbia University Medical Center and a Visiting Professor at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense. His research, writing and teaching focuses on the reciprocal transformations that result when new ideas about health, disease and the body find forms of expression in fiction and memoirs. His most recent work explores the political, aesthetic, and social dimensions of the representation of physical trauma in literature. His writing has appeared in The Living Handbook of Narratology, Aktuel Forskning. Litteratur, Kultur og Medier, and The Los Angeles Review of Books, among other places. Dr. Goyal received his MD and his PhD in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University.