8th Annual Hippocrates Symposium on Poetry and Medicine

January 3, 2017


Saturday, May 6, 2017 | 8:00am–5:00pm
Symposium & Awards for the 2017 Prize for Poetry and Medicine
Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

The 2017 International Symposium will include lectures, round-table discussions, and poetry readings. There will be talks, discussion panel, and poster sessions on historical and contemporary themes, illness and poetry, poetry as therapy, poetry in the education of health professionals, and poetry as an aid to health professionals. To learn more about the symposium, please visit the Hippocrates Initiative website.

Symposium faculty includes:

  • Neal Baer (writer and producer of Emmy award-winning US television show ER: judge)
  • Rafael Campo (HMS Arts and Humanities Initiative, USA: chair)
  • Michael Hulse (Hippocrates Initiative, UK: chair)
  • Jorie Graham (Harvard University, USA, judge)
  • Jackie Kay (Newcastle University, UK: judge)
  • Owen Lewis (Columbia University, New York City, USA: judge)
  • Maya Catherine Popa (New York City, USA: judge)
  • Donald Singer (Hippocrates Initiative, UK: chair)

Friday, May 5, 2017 | 6:30–8:30pm
Pre-Symposium “Poetry and Training the Eye” seminar
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Join Harvard Medical School Arts and Humanities Initiative 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 website.

To register and pay for the May 6 symposium and/or the May 5 Museum of Fine Arts event click here.