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in a Time of Pandemic

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- How do we recover from illness, violence, loss, exhaustion, grief, and environmental disasters?

- What is the rhetoric of illness and recovery, the metaphors through which they are represented?

- What performative and affective powers do narratives, music, and the visual arts have in relation to illness and healing?

- How does racism interfere with the delivery of medical care?


The Humanities Institute at Stony Brook is happy to host a special workshop picking up on their themes of  Healing: Survival and Resiliency in the Arts and Humanities. We are thrilled to invite health care providers, first responders and those who are most impacted by healthcare disparities to write side by side with college and medical students in an intergenerational zoom circle, as together they raise their voices to illuminate the entrenched social determinants, injustices and inequities that have become even more pronounced in the wake of COVID-19.

Mondays 6:30-8:30 pm EDT via ZOOM

Artwork by Gwynne Duncan for Herstory's Paintings for Justice archive

- Which bodies meet with a refusal of empathy?

- How do medical technologies enhancing life-extension and fertility affect our human experience?

- Are there alternatives to reconciliation, or reparation to deal with historical trauma and difficult pasts?


We invite you to ponder these questions with your words.

Workshop participants are invited to contribute their stories to the "Pandemic Narratives Initiative" at Stony Brook University, a project that brings together students, faculty and community members to reflect upon the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and to create an archive for the future. 


Come once or twice, to tell a particular story that needs to be told. Or continue week after week to shape stories for readings, web publications and book length projects.


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