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HHGR with Dr. Daniel Romero Suárez
March 9, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Health Humanities Grand Rounds Presents Daniel Romero Suárez
March 9, 2022 at 4:00pm
“What Can Poetry Tell Us About Disease? The Case of Latin American Cancer Author-Patients”
Register at go.unc.edu/Suarez
Description: The study of the work of Latin American cancer author-patients will be the starting point to explore preliminary answers to the following questions: What are some limitations of linear biomedical narratives? Is linearity compatible with precarious health experiences? How do Latin American poetic traditions insert past political violence in current cancer diagnosis? Can cancer be considered a communal experience?
Daniel Romero Suárez is a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow for Digital and Public Humanities at Vanderbilt University. He holds a Ph.D. in Spanish from the same institution, and his doctoral research focused on the intersections of medicine, literature, and collective memory in Latin American poetry. Daniel has published peer-reviewed articles and participated in academic conferences. He has also engaged in non-traditional academic settings to bring scholarly knowledge into dialogue with the concerns of vulnerable communities. Thanks to the Curb Public Scholarship (2019-2021), Daniel founded and directed “Poesía en Nashville,” a community initiative that offered pandemic creative writing workshops for the Hispanic community in Middle Tennessee. As a postdoctoral fellow, Daniel leads a research project titled “An Oral History of the Coronavirus” that includes the implementation of digital resources and platforms that will tell part of the history of how the Hispanic communities in Nashville have lived throughout the pandemic.