2024 MacLean Symposium: Narrative Medicine

MacLean Symposium: Narrative Medicine Addressing the Crisis in Access and Equity in Health Care in the United States: How the Stories We Tell Matter

April 11, 2024

What is Narrative Medicine?

To initiate a conversation about how narrative medicine—its skills, its understanding of culture and rhetoric—can improve access to more equitable health care in the US. Narrative medicine is a way of thinking about how medical care is shaped by our stories – not only the themes and content of these stories, but their structure, delivery, and influence. Basic questions like “who tells the story?”, “who’s the audience?”, and “what’s the genre of the story?” can tell us a lot about the narrative and what impact it may have. Narrative Medicine pays attention to structure, imagery, tone, character types, genre, story logic, and narrators. Each of these affects how care in medicine and the health care system itself is directed and delivered.

The event is generously supported by The D.J. MacLean Endowment for English.


Richard F. Celeste Theatre
Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center
825 N. Cascade Ave.
1:30 p.m. -2:30 p.m. "Narrative Discoveries of Patients' Perspectives: A Perilous and Neccesary Transport"
Rita Charon, M.D., Ph.D. (Columbia University)

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. "Addressing the Crisis in Access and Equity in Health in the United States: How the Stories We Tell Matter", Linda Villarosa, Author, Under the Skin: The Hidden Toll of Racism on American Lives and on the Health of our Nation

4:30 p.m. -5:30 p.m. Keynote Panel Discussion
Rita Charon, M.D., Ph.D. (Columbia University)
Linda Villarosa, , LCSW (University of Colorado, Colorado Springs)
Leon Kelly, M.D. (El Paso County Coroner)

Parking: Guests can park in the Robson Arena Garage for free. The entrance is on Dale Ave. Admission is Free to the Public ASL interpreter will be onsite

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