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Loss and Found Sat. May 5th, 2018
5:00 pm-7:00 pm

Dr. Mary Weems, winner of the 2015 Cleveland Arts Prize Emerging Artist Award for Literature, presents this one-woman performance and workshop designed to help others on their journey between grief and healing. …Read more.

Film Screening and Discussion – They Shall Not Perish: The Story of Near East Relief Fri. April 13th, 2018
6:30 pm-9:00 pm

This documentary details the unprecedented humanitarian efforts of thousands of Americans who saved a generation of orphans and refugees during the collapse of the Ottoman Empire and in the aftermath of the crisis that came to be known as the Armenian Genocide. …Read more.

By Any Other Name: How Medical Humanities (Narrative Medicine, Medical Humanism, etc.) and Bioethics Are Reshaping Medical School Curricula in Cleveland and Beyond: A Panel Discussion Thu. April 12th, 2018
6:00 pm-8:30 pm

The Cleveland Medical Library Association’s 2018 Annual Lecture explores how Medical Humanities (under a variety of names) and Bioethics are being integrated into medical education nationwide, and transforming educational objectives. …Read more.

Cooking Vegetarian Mon. April 9th, 2018
7:00 pm-8:30 pm

As a practical complement to Marion Nestle’s keynote address on food politics and the humanities, in this three-part workshop you will learn how to prepare vegetarian meals. And expert from the Western Reserve School of Cooking will lead a basic introductory course covering knife skills, organizational skills, multitasking, and simple methods and techniques in the kitchen. …Read more.

Ask the Sexpert (USA, 2017, 75 min) Sun. April 8th, 2018
9:30 am-10:45 am


The Cleveland Humanities Festival has partnered with the Cleveland International Film Festival Screening to sponsor this informative, loveable documentary about a long time sex advice columnist in India who gains popularity against the backdrop of a ban on sex education across the country. …Read more.

A Tour Through Disease Sat. April 7th, 2018
12:00 pm-2:00 pm

Brandy Schillace, PhD, Public Engagement Fellow from the Dittrick Medical History Center, will address some of the infamous diseases of the past. From polio to smallpox, cholera to diphtheria, we will learn about epidemics and pandemics that have “plagued” our city and region. …Read more.

A Tour Through Disease Sat. April 7th, 2018
2:30 pm-4:30 pm

Brandy Schillace, PhD, Public Engagement Fellow from the Dittrick Medical History Center, will address some of the infamous diseases of the past. From polio to smallpox, cholera to diphtheria, we will learn about epidemics and pandemics that have “plagued” our city and region. …Read more.

Ask the Sexpert (USA, 2017, 75 min) Fri. April 6th, 2018
2:00 pm-3:30 pm


The Cleveland Humanities Festival has partnered with the Cleveland International Film Festival Screening to sponsor this informative, loveable documentary about a long time sex advice columnist in India who gains popularity against the backdrop of a ban on sex education across the country. …Read more.

Cooking Vegetarian Thu. April 5th, 2018
7:15 pm-8:45 pm

As a practical complement to Marion Nestle’s keynote address on food politics and the humanities, in this three-part workshop you will learn how to prepare vegetarian meals. And expert from the Western Reserve School of Cooking will lead a basic introductory course covering knife skills, organizational skills, multitasking, and simple methods and techniques in the kitchen. …Read more.

Ask the Sexpert (USA, 2017, 75 min) Thu. April 5th, 2018
7:00 pm-8:30 pm

The Cleveland Humanities Festival has partnered with the Cleveland International Film Festival Screening to sponsor this informative, loveable documentary about a long time sex advice columnist in India who gains popularity against the backdrop of a ban on sex education across the country. …Read more.

A Journey Through Chronic Illness Wed. April 4th, 2018
12:00 pm-1:00 pm

Meghan O’Rourke’s essays, criticism, and poems have appeared in Slate, The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, The Nation, Redbook, Vogue, Poetry, The Kenyon Review, and Best American Poetry. …Read more.

Fashioning Maternity: Pregnancy, Breastfeeding, and Fashion in the Nineteenth Century Tue. April 3rd, 2018
2:00 pm-3:00 pm

Join Patty Edmonson, Museum Advisory Council Curator of Costume and Textiles, to explore the impact of pregnancy and breastfeeding on clothing. Period garments from the collection Western Reserve Historical Society’s collection illustrate the ways that women transformed their clothing and bodies in the 19th century. …Read more.

Honoring the Story of Care Mon. April 2nd, 2018
4:30 pm-5:30 pm


In his talk, Craig Irvine, Ph.D., Director of the Master’s Program in Narrative Medicine and founder and Academic Director of the Program in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University, proposes that the care of the sick unfolds in stories. …Read more.

CONVERSATIONS! at Dittrick Museum – The Babes were Silent: Infant Mortality and Public Health Thu. March 29th, 2018
6:00 pm-7:00 pm

Brandy Schillace, PhD, Senior research associate at the Dittrick Museum, will give a short TED-style talk on the rapid industrialization and immigration boom of the early 20th century in Cleveland. …Read more.

The Arts of Dying Wed. March 28th, 2018
4:00 pm-5:00 pm

In this talk, Maggie Vinter, Assistant Professor in the English Department of Case Western Reserve University, discusses the “arts of dying” – a genre of medieval and renaissance conduct manuals advising their readers on how to die well.  …Read more.

Infant Mortality and Lead Poisoning Wed. March 28th, 2018
7:00 pm-8:00 pm

This program will be a panel discussion that begins with the issue of lead poisoning and infant mortality in Cleveland and Ohio and moves into a deeper discussion of these issues as they pertain specifically to the Glenville neighborhood. …Read more.

A Good Place to Get Sick: Images of Urban Cleveland at the Turn of the Twentieth Century Wed. March 28th, 2018
2:00 pm-3:00 pm

Between 1890 and 1910, Cleveland’s population grew from 261,353 to 560,353, a 115 percent increase. While some growth came from annexations, the bulk represented an influx of immigrants and migrants who came to work in the city’s industries.   …Read more.

Quacks, Charlatans, and Geniuses: Medicine in Ancient Greece Tue. March 27th, 2018
12:00 pm-1:00 pm

The Greeks laid the foundation for Western medicine, but much of what we know about their medical practices seems rather unpromising. Did eating a boiled mouse cure infant teething? …Read more.

“Resilience” Film Screening and Community Conversation Tue. March 27th, 2018
5:00 pm-7:30 pm

The child may not remember, but their body does. Adverse experiences such as violence, neglect, abuse, or the loss of a parent through death, divorce or incarceration have been proven to change the brain and cause physical and mental illness later in life. …Read more.

Death and Dying in Early America to 1776 Tue. March 27th, 2018
6:00 pm-7:00 pm

Tisquantum embodies nearly all aspects of life and death in the British North American mainland colonies before 1776. As an indigenous person, he and his kinfolk suffered high, sometimes catastrophic, death rates from European diseases. …Read more.

Therapeutic Process Using Narrative: A Vulnerable Reading of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” Mon. March 26th, 2018
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

Life’s problems are often best approached in companionship with a story that offers guidance, and what guidance that is can vary considerably. The Hamlet in the Hospital project involves small groups performing readers’ theatre and then talking about how the play might be a companion in their work and lives. …Read more.

“Stratigraphic dating and other horrors” Mon. March 26th, 2018
12:00 pm-1:00 pm

What happens after putrefaction?—our bones take their place in a great geological layering process whose strata can be analyzed and dated. These 2 horrors propelled Martin Kohn, PhD, director of the Program in Medical Humanities and Associate Professor of Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, to seek solace in an embrace not of his “inner child”, but of his “inner-geezer”.  …Read more.

Symposium – Beyond Empathy: Critical Perspectives on Medicine, Society and Culture Sat. March 24th, 2018
8:30 am-4:15 pm

This day-long symposium will feature presentations on the vibrant field of medical humanities, addressing a variety of unsettled questions, such as: How can humanistic and social science disciplines take account of one another’s insights for the study of health and medicine? …Read more.

The Hospital – USA, 1971, Arthur Hiller Sat. March 24th, 2018
6:45 pm-8:30 pm

Film Classic in 35mm!
Right before he wrote Network, Paddy Chayefsky penned this savagely funny black comedy about modern health care. Like that subsequent TV satire, it won Chayefsky an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. …Read more.

Food Politics in 2018: A Humanities Perspective Fri. March 23rd, 2018
4:30 pm-5:30 pm


In this lecture Marion Nestle, Paulette Goddard Professor, of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, Emerita, at New York University, discusses the idea that the paradox of today’s globalized food system is that food insecurity or obesity threaten the health and welfare of half the world’s population. …Read more.

Therapeutic Theatre: An Introduction to The Rainbow of Desire Fri. March 23rd, 2018
12:30 pm-2:30 pm

In the mid-20th century, Brazilian activist, politician, and theatre artist Augusto Boal created The Theatre of the Oppressed (TO) as a way to examine and overturn sociopolitical oppressions – colonialism, poverty, sexism, racism, etc. …Read more.

Abstinence-Only-Until Marriage: The Politics of Contraception and Sex Education Thu. March 22nd, 2018
6:00 pm-7:00 pm

In her talk, Iris Harvey, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio and Board Member of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, will demonstrate that public policy regarding how sex education is taught in our schools is driven more by the desire to promote conservative values rather than making evidence-based decisions.  …Read more.

No Más Bebés: Film & Conversation with Producer/Researcher Virginia Espino Wed. March 21st, 2018
6:00 pm-8:30 pm

They came to have their babies. They went home sterilized. So begins the incredibly moving tales of the women chronicled in No Más Bebés (No More Babies), a heartbreaking documentary film based on the research of Latinx historian Virginia Espino. …Read more.

The Ethics of Hospitality and the Question of the Refugee Wed. March 21st, 2018
5:00 pm-7:00 pm

This event explores how the idea of health extends to the well-being (or lack thereof) of the environment, and extends the meaning of environment to include social institutions and forms of thinking. …Read more.

Cleveland Clinic Art Tour Tue. March 20th, 2018
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

Created in 2006, the Cleveland Clinic Art Program has been actively collecting and installing contemporary fine art throughout the growing Cleveland Clinic Health System, continuing a long commitment of including fine art to enhance the hospital environment. …Read more.

I Will Sing for You: Humanities Fest Staged Reading Sun. March 18th, 2018
7:00 pm-9:00 pm

Join Lit Cleveland for a free staged reading!  Professional actors will perform original work by Cleveland writers and residents on the theme of “health”. The performance will be one hour long, and a reception with the actors and writers will follow. …Read more.

I Will Sing for You: Humanities Fest Staged Reading Sat. March 17th, 2018
7:00 pm-9:00 pm

Join Lit Cleveland for a free staged reading!  Professional actors will perform original work by Cleveland writers and residents on the theme of “health”. The performance will be one hour long, and a reception with the actors and writers will follow. …Read more.

Healing our Health Care System: Novel Ideas for Reclaiming Care Fri. March 16th, 2018
7:00 pm-8:00 pm

In her lecture, clinical nurse and bestselling author Theresa Brown proposed that to heal our health care system we must return to our roots in the human: our patients’ humanity and our own. …Read more.

A Reading by David Giffels Thu. March 15th, 2018
7:00 pm-8:00 pm

David Giffels, the acclaimed author of The Hard Way on Purpose, will be reading from his new book, Furnishing Eternity, a vibrant, heartfelt memoir about confronting mortality, surviving loss, finding resilience in one’s Midwest roots and seeking a father’s wisdom through an unusual woodworking project—constructing his own coffin. …Read more.

Cooking Vegetarian Thu. March 15th, 2018
7:00 pm-8:30 pm

As a practical complement to Marion Nestle’s keynote address on food politics and the humanities, in this three-part workshop you will learn how to prepare vegetarian meals. And expert from the Western Reserve School of Cooking will lead a basic introductory course covering knife skills, organizational skills, multitasking, and simple methods and techniques in the kitchen. …Read more.

Discerning the University: Affective Entanglements in Ideology and Pathology Thu. March 1st, 2018
2:00 pm-6:30 pm

Studies show that men and women who haven’t attend college live shorter and less healthy lives. With that in mind, this symposium, organized by the Discerning the University Working Group at John Carroll University, examines the health of the contemporary university. …Read more.


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