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Events and Programs

The Humanities in Medicine Collection Committee also sponsors a series of events and programs annually to promote the collection, with the goal of demonstrating the value of the humanities in healthcare.


November 13, 2013: Emily Abel, Ph.D., Professor Emerita at University of California, Los Angeles and medical historian, whose recent book is The Inevitable Hour: A History of Caring for Dying Patients in America (March 2013). Library's Rare Book Room, 5:30 pm. Refreshments will be served.

December 4, 2013: Victoria Sweet, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at University of California, San Francisco and author of God's Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine (April 2013). Library's Rare Book Room, 5:30 pm. Refreshments will be served.

January 28, 2014: Louise Aronson, M.D., M.F.A., Associate Professor of Geriatrics at University of California, San Francisco, and author of A History of the Present Illness (January 2013). Library's Rare Book Room, 5:30 pm. Refreshments will be served.

February 2014: Augustus A. White, III, M.D., Ph.D., the Ellen and Melvin Gordon Distinguished Professor of Medical Education, Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, at Harvard Medical School, and co-author of Seeing Patients: Unconscious Bias in Health Care (2011). Co-sponsored with the Diversity and Equal Opportunity Office. Time and location to be determined.

April 2014: The Tenth Annual Gerald F. Berlin Prize for Creative Writing Awards Ceremony & Readings, honoring the winners of the creative writing contest. Library's Rare Book Room, 5:30 pm. Refreshments will be served.

May 14, 2014: Meet the Author series. Co-sponsored with the Worcester District Medical Society. Faculty Conference Room, 5:30 pm.

Events Archive


Medical Humanities Book Discussion Groups

Literature & Medicine: Humanities at the Heart of Health Care - Monthly sessions
January-June, limited registration. Applicant deadline for 2010 is December 18, 2009.

To register, see the full announcement, including a link to the syllabus.
Contact: Sherly Jean-Bart

"Meet the Author" Discussions, Book Signings & Literary Readings

Scheduled year-round, and have included such authors as: Richard Berlin, Perri Klass, Aaron Lazare, and Ellen More.
For current schedule, contact: Kristine Sjostedt.

Gerald F. Berlin Creative Writing Contest & Award Ceremony

The Gerald F. Berlin Prize is awarded for an essay, a poem or series of poems, or a work of short fiction. The annual contest is open to UMass medical students, residents, and fellows affiliated with UMass Memorial, Berkshire Medical Center and Worcester Medical Center/St. Vincent Hospital.

Richard Berlin is a poet and psychiatrist in private practice in Lenox, MA, and an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School's Berkshire campus in Pittsfield. For additional information about the Berlin Awards and to read previous winning submissions visit Dr. Berlin's website at http://www.richardmberlin.com/creative.html.

Annual entry deadline: March 1.
Contact: Mai-Lan Rogoff