2020 International Health Humanities Consortium:

The Politics of Health

March 26-28, 2020 | Vanderbilt University


How Did We Get Here, and How Do We Move Forward?

A Keynote Conversation to open the 2020 International Health Humanities Consortium: Politics of Health Conference, featuring:

Nia-Malika Henderson

Senior Political Reporter, CNN

Emily Lordi

Professor of English, Vanderbilt University

Megan Barry

Businesswoman and Politician, Former Mayor of Nashville

Jonathan M. Metzl


Director of the Center for Medicine, Health, and Society, Vanderbilt University

Thursday, March 26, 2020

4:00pm – 6:00pm | Benton Chapel | Vanderbilt University

This opening keynote panel of the 2020 Health Humanities Consortium (HHC) conference will explore the state of American politics in the context of world events and a vital 2020 election year. Thought and opinion leaders will join in a moderated public conversation to discuss hot-button political topics, ranging from healthcare, to climate change, to guns, to arts, letters, and the role of the media. The panel will discuss questions such as, “What are the best ways forward for a divided nation?”, “Can music, literature, and art bring people together, or do they reflect our divides?”, “How can communities best address issues such as health equity, justice, and inclusion?”, “Does media enable, enhance, or thwart political participation?” and, “What desired political futures can we imagine for individual and public health?”

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