Last fall, the Five College Culture, Health and Science (CHS) certificate program hosted a visit by physician-poet Rafael Campo AC ’87, who currently teaches at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Campo is also an award-winning poet. His book Diva, which explores themes of his Cuban heritage, his work as a doctor caring for AIDS patients and his identity as a gay man, was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. He discussed with the consortium community the parallels between poetry and healing, and explored social determinants of health, cross-cultural awareness and end-of-life issues.
The following day, CHS and the UMass Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures hosted a faculty seminar and luncheon with Campo, “No Body Stops Dreaming: Illness Narratives and Cross-Cultural Awareness in Medicine.”
Through these connections, the CHS program is working to develop the next generation of scholars and practitioners who can interpret and communicate their cutting-edge research to not just others in their fields but policy makers and the general public as well.