The beginning of a new semester brings new opportunities to get research experience. This upcoming fall, the nation’s first Health & Humanities lab (HHIVE) at UNC is looking for undergraduate and graduate volunteers to assist us with our grant-funded studies.

Volunteers this semester will have the chance to work with the HHIVE staff and ENGL 695 students on either or both of the following studies:

  • Falls Narrative Study: Funded by the Mellon Foundation, The Falls Narrative Study is a feasibility study designed to fill this gap in falls-related research by asking older adults to write a story about a fall or near-fall experience.
  • Writing Diabetes Study: The Writing Diabetes Study is an intellectual experiment. Beyond investigating the research question, this project attempts to enact a truly interdisciplinary and multi-rank approach to collaborative scholarship.

Aside from these primary studies, volunteers can also take on general HHIVE projects such as contributing to our blog by attending LMC-related events, helping us create and implement marketing and graphic design strategies, and participating in ongoing efforts to establish a health humanities journal on campus.

We look for ambitious and talented individuals who love jumping between and across disciplinary boundaries for the sake of creating a more diverse and holistic understanding of health. All majors and minors are encouraged to apply.

If interested, please complete the HHIVE Volunteer application form and email it to the appropriate project coordinator: Falls, Kym Weed; Writing Diabetes, Jen Stockwell; or General HHIVE, Dr. Jane Thrailkill.


Attend LMCC:

The Literature, Medicine, and Culture Colloquium is an informal working group of graduate students (along with faculty, librarians, and a few undergrads) who meet monthly to talk about all things LMC. In the past, we’ve met to workshop conference papers or other works-in-progress, discuss shared readings, and review journal articles. LMCC is a growing, energized organization for grad students in English and beyond. Drawing on a diverse array of personal and disciplinary perspectives, LMCC participants explore medical narratives, popular and professional health discourses, and other topics in the health humanities.

For more information contact the 2016-2017 Director, Rachel Warner at warnerr@live.unc.edu or Associate Director, Calvin Olsen at calvino@unc.edu


Submit to the HHJ:

New to the Carolina community this Fall semester, the Health Humanities Journal of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will assist in initiating and engaging discussion among the undergraduate and graduate communities about the up-and-coming Health and Medical Humanities fields.

The purpose of this journal is to inspire, encourage, and facilitate interdisciplinary thinking and collaborative work while developing and embodying a variety of ideas that relate to health, illness, caregiving, and medicine. Sponsored by HHIVE, Honors Carolina, and the Department of Social Medicine (UNC School of Medicine), the journal will serve as an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to publish narratives, poetry, research, academic papers, editorials, photography, artwork, etc.