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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a partner in the newly formed Consortium for Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI) affinity group in medical humanities made possible by a collaborative grant funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.The Health and Humanities Exchange (HHEX) will give recognition to the wealth of cross-disciplinary research and education initiatives in the North Carolina region. This event will offer a forum for knowledge sharing, workshops, and generative conversations around health, disability, and healthcare. The conference is open to faculty and students at UNC, other NC programs, and all CHCI members.

The Health and Humanities Exchange (HHEX) is an event that will spotlight health-related research and education initiatives at UNC-CH, Duke, Wake Forest, and other regional programs that draw upon the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. This event will introduce faculty and students to research going on at UNC and beyond, provide a space for generative conversation, and foster collaboration in future initiatives. An additional aim of this meeting is to consider ways to collaborate across CHCI members, with the North Carolina centers taking an active leadership role.

HHEX will be held on November 11-12, 2016 in Hyde Hall. The keynotes will be given by Dr. Michele Rivkin-Fish and Dr. Sue Estroff/Dr. Liz Dreesen. Panel presentations will be organized around four main themes: 1) Epistemologies, 2) Communities, 3) Embodiment, and 4) Institutions. HHEX will also include:

  • An interactive lecture/workshop on how training in theater and the arts can contribute to medical education and clinical practice
  • A roundtable on pedagogy
  • An interdisciplinary student research workshop
  • A panel presentation on initiatives at Duke, Wake Forest, Lenoir Rhyne, and NCSU
  • Coffee breaks, lunches, and dinners

This event is supported by Mellon and UNC Fire Grant funding as well as campus co-sponsors: the Center for Bioethics, the Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, the Department of Social Medicine, Institute for Arts and Humanities, the Center for Genomics and Society, the School of Nursing, and the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies.

**The conference is open to faculty and students at UNC, other NC programs, and all CHCI members.**

For any inquiries, please contact the HHEX Steering Committee at