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March 24, 2004

UI Press, College Of Medicine Writing Program Co-Host 'Healing Scribe'

The University of Iowa Press and the Carver College of Medicine Writing Program will co-sponsor The Healing Scribe, a two-day symposium on literature and medicine. The symposium will be Thursday, April 8 and Friday, April 9 at the Medical Education Research Facility (MERF) on the UI campus.

The symposium will focus on the importance of incorporating literature and the humanities into medical education programs. It features three University of Iowa Press authors: Angela Belli and Jack Coulehan, editors of Blood and Bone: Poems by Physicians; and Todd Savitt, editor of Medical Readers' Theater: A Guide and Scripts.

All events are free and open to the public. Symposium events are as follows:

-- Poetry reading: Thursday, April 8, 12:30 p.m., Atrium, MERF, featuring Angela Belli and Jack Coulehan reading selections from Blood and Bone: Poems by Physicians.

-- Readers' theater performance: Thursday, April 8, 5 p.m., Auditorium, MERF. Todd Savitt will host a readers' theatre performance of "Follow Your Heart" by Richard Selzer from Medical Readers' Theater: A Guide and Scripts.

-- Reception with Angela Belli, Jack Coulehan, and Todd Savitt: Thursday, April 8, 6 p.m., MERF.

-- "Live from the Java House" featuring Angela Belli, Jack Coulehan, and Todd Savitt: Friday, April 9, 10 a.m., Java House, 211-1/2 E. Washington Street.

The University of Iowa Press is committed to enlarging human knowledge by publishing and disseminating innovative scholarly and creative books for the academic community and the reading public. The Press specializes in poetry, short fiction, literary nonfiction, regional history, natural history, literary criticism and theater studies.

The Carver College of Medicine Writing Program is dedicated to fostering and supporting medical students' writing. It began with a practical focus on residency applications, scholarship essays and academic papers but has recently adopted a creative component as well. It is an extracurricular program that allows medical students to express and challenge themselves by incorporating humanities with their academic studies.

Angela Belli is a professor of English at St. John's University. She currently serves as president of the New York College English Association and is participating in studies reviewing programs for the disabled at the university.

Jack Coulehan is the director of the Institute for Medicine in Contemporary Society and professor and division head, Medicine in Society, Department of Preventive Medicine at SUNY at Stony Brook, where he directs the required four-year curriculum for medical students in medical humanities and social issues in medicine.

Todd Savitt teaches the history of medicine and medical ethics in the Department of Medical Humanities at East Carolina University's Brody School of Medicine and coordinates ECU's Medical Readers' Theater program.

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