Story, Health, and Healing: A Symposium on Narrative in Medicine

SHHSymImageforWindowSaturday, Oct. 1, 2016
Benson University Center
Reynolda Campus
Wake Forest University
Winston Salem, North Carolina

This interdisciplinary symposium presents a broad look at narrative medicine with opening and closing keynote lectures, break-outs and workshops, and a theatre plenary session. Led by faculty, staff, and students at Wake Forest University, NOVANT Health, and UNC Chapel Hill. Sessions will fall under three categories: narrative in clinical practice, curriculum and teaching, and honing practices of listening, observation, and storytelling. Also featured is a poster gallery that will remain open throughout the day: “Show & Tell: Journeys Through Medicine.”

Sponsored by the Wake Forest University Humanities Institute and made possible in part by major grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 

Opening Keynote: “Cultural Competence: Poetry and the Importance of Voice in Diverse Illness Experience”

Rafael-Campo-Photo- color Small ImageRafael Campo
American Poet, Doctor, and Author
Associate Professor of Medicine
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Harvard Medical School


Closing Keynote: “Art and Soul”

Linda Friedlaender for webpageLinda Friedlaender
Pioneer of “The Observational Skills Workshop”
Senior Curator of Education
Center for British Art
Yale University


Pre-registration is now CLOSED.

However, if you have not pre-registered but would still like to attend, limited seating is still available for the opening and closing keynote lectures and possibly one or two of the breakout sessions. If you have any questions, please contact Aimee Mepham, Assistant Director, Humanities Institute, Wake Forest University at