Symposium and Hippocrates Awards: 6 May 2017

8th International Poetry and Medicine Symposium and Hippocrates Awards

Saturday 6th May, 2017

Venue: Harvard Medical School, Boston MA, USA

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Programme for 6 May Symposium on Poetry and Medicine and Hippocrates Awards Ceremony

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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. 

2017 Symposium Faculty includes:

Neal Baer (writer and producer of Emmy award-winning US television show ER: judge); Fran Bigman, Speaker, Keio University; Ken Browne, Film Director; Rafael Campo (Harvard Arts and Humanities Initiative, USA: chair); ;  Owen Lewis Hippocrates Judge; Lisa New, Speaker, Harvard; Rob Weatherford; Ryan Davis, Speaker, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Jorie Graham, Reader and Judge, Boylston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory at Harvard; Anne Hudson Jones, Speaker, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston; Ryoko Hamaguchi, Speaker, Harvard Medical School; Stephen Harvey, Speaker, Vanderbilt University Medical Center; Michael Hulse, Speaker and Chair, Hippocrates Initiative Co-Chair, University of Warwick, UK); David Shumway Jones, Discussant, Harvard Medical School; Joel Katz, Discussant, Harvard Medical School; Jackie Kay, Judge, Scottish National Poet and Newcastle University, UKAdrie Kusserow, Speaker,  Saint Michael's College, Vermont; Owen Lewis, Judge and Discussant, Columbia University, New York City; Lisa New, Speaker, Harvard; Angela O’Donnell Fordham University; Danielle Ofri, Speaker, NYU School of Medicine; Nicole Piemonte, Speaker, Creighton University, School of Medicine and St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center; Maya Catherine Popa, Judge, New York City; Michael Salcman, Speaker, Osher Institute, Towson University; Johnathan Sataloff, Speaker, Harvard Medical School, Speaker, Huntsman Cancer Institute and Division of Medical Ethics and Humanities, University of Utah; Nora Segar, Discussant, Northwestern University; Audrey Shafer, Speaker, Stanford University School of Medicine and Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health; Donald Singer, Chair, Hippocrates Initiative Co-Chair, Fellowship Of Postgraduate Medicine, London, UKVidya Viswanathan Rob Weatherford, Discussant, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania; Ivana Viani, Speaker, Harvard Medical School

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The 2017 International Poetry and Medicine Symposium and Hippocrates Awards Ceremony will be held on Saturday 6th May 2017 at Harvard Medical School, organised by the Hippocrates Initiative in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Initiative of Harvard Medical School.

On the evening of Friday 5th May there will be a pre-Symposium event on "Poetry and Training the Eye at the Museum of Fine Art, Boston

The winners and commended entrants in the 2017 Hipocrates Prize will be announced by the judges at the end of the Saturday 6th May Symposium.

There will be a pre-Symposium Poetry Workshop at the Boston Museum of Fine Art on the evening of Friday 5th May 2017.

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Draft Programme outline 

Registration + coffee


Coffee and posters 


Lunch and readings by previous Hippocrates award-winning poets



Keynote poetry reading

Awards ceremony

Awards presented by the judges
Readings by winning poets

Launch of 2017 Hippocrates Prize Anthology
Readings by commended poets

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