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2020 International Health Humanities Consortium:

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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Sponsored by the Center for Medicine, Health, and SocietyJean & Alexander Heard LibrariesRobert Penn Warren Center for the HumanitiesThe Curb CenterVanderbilt University College of Arts and ScienceCenter for Latin American StudiesDepartment of SociologyAmerican StudiesDean Bonnie J. Dow, Dean of Academic InitiativeVanderbilt School of Medicinethe Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesVanderbilt Divinity SchoolStanford Medicine: Medicine & the Muse Center for Biomedical EthicsHiram College: Center for Literature and MedicineThe University of North Carolina at Chapel HillHHIVEColumbia University Medical Center: Program in Narrative MedicineCenter for Bioethics and Humanities: University of Colorado Center Anschutz Medical CampusDuke University Health Humanities LabNortheast Ohio Medical University, Program for Humanities in Medicine: Yale University School of MedicineMcGovern Center for Humanities & Ethics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), and University of Utah Health.