Five College Consortium

Lecturer speaks of parallels between poetry and healing

Lecturer speaks of parallels between poetry and healingLast 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.