Poetry and Training the Eye Seminar


Friday, May 5, 2017, 6:30pm


Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


Join Arts and Humanities Initiative at Harvard Medical School faculty and Boston Museum of Fine Arts educators as we explore works in the collection that relate to the experience of illness and our mortality—through the lens of poetry and storytelling. Creative self-expression through the arts has always been indispensable to how we make sense of our bodies and our suffering, and is perhaps even more important in this moment of ascent technologies and the growing power of science. How do great works of the imagination help doctors to be better healers? How do they challenge us to find strength in ourselves as we confront disease? These questions and more will be the subjects of our own writing as we reflect on what we see. Participants will have an opportunity to explore the MFA art galleries and take part in two activities focused on close looking, teamwork, and empathy. Each group will be co-facilitated by an art educator and medical educator. Throughout, we will share examples of how these programs have resonated with other medical practitioners.

A welcome reception for participants and delegates to the Hippocrates Symposium on Poetry and Medicine will follow. After the reception enjoy time on your own in the MFA galleries or grab a bite to eat in one of the MFA’s restaurants. To register for this special program which includes free admission to the MFA, Boston, please visit the Hippocrates Initiative website.

See also: 2017