Health Humanities & Social Justice: Breath, Body, Voice @ Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University, Durham [from 14 to 16 September]

Health Humanities & Social Justice: Breath, Body, Voice

14 - 16
18:00 - 21:30

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Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University
Bays 4 & 5, Smith Warehouse, 114 S Buchanan Blvd, Durham, North Carolina 27708
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The Franklin Humanities Institute and the Health Humanities Lab are pleased to present “Health Humanities & Social Justice: Breath, Body, Voice,” the culminating event of a three-year Mellon-sponsored initiative exploring new trajectories in the humanities, Humanities Futures. This conference will address the emergent field of health humanities through keynotes, panels, interactive workshops, and performances across a spectrum of arts — literary, theatrical, documentary, musical.

The conference will open on the evening of Thursday, September 14, with a keynote poetry reading by Nikky Finney at the Hayti Heritage Center in downtown Durham. Friday and Saturday events will take place in the Rubenstein, Perkins, and Bostock Libraries on Duke’s West Campus, and will feature additional keynotes by Alan Bleakley and Jonathan Metzl; panels on topics such as race and medicine, and biotech and its representations in popular culture (with members of the creative team behind the series Orphan Black); interactive workshops, on topics such as graphic medicine and documentary theatre; and performances, including «The Elephant's Walk,» a puppetry performance by Marina Tsaplina of The Betes, and a health education workshop by Emmy winner Anita Woodley. The conference will close on Saturday evening on East Campus with an exhibition of artwork by visiting artist Libia Posada in the Fredric Jameson Gallery in the Friedl Building, and a free concert in Baldwin Auditorium called Songs of Journey, featuring the premiere of Duke Music faculty member Stephen Jaffe’s Migrations.
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