The Program in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University will hold a Narrative Medicine Basic Workshop called “Race | Violence | Justice: The Need for Narrative” on April 7-9, 2017 at the Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. We live in an increasingly polarized society with exceedingly complex and pressing issues facing health care, including class and race-based health disparities, unequal access to health care, and the increasing toll of gun violence against persons of color. Rigorous narrative work may reveal a path through intensely divided positions on these issues toward a place of productive understanding.
Our signature methods of close reading, attentive listening, and perspectival respect hold out possibilities for reciprocal understanding, even in the face of deep divisions. Together, we will use narrative methods to bridge divides and catalyze action.
As a professor of urban policy and health, Mindy Fullilove will speak on the necessity of narrative methods to make things happen. George Yancy will explore the response to his New York Times "Dear White America” letter and suggest necessary counter-narratives. Investigative journalist Topher Sanders will speak on the consequences of covering racial inequity and violence. Sayantani DasGupta will address international narratives of social justice and racial disparities in matters of health.
We invite public health activists, social activists, police officers, legal/philosophical scholars, nurses, therapists, physicians, dentists, chaplains, and other clinicians to extend their expertise and contribute to this conversation of pressing importance.
More info: http://narrativemedicine.org/workshop-april2017.html