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Kathlene McDonald discusses medical humanities and advocacy in rescheduled Presidential Conversation

Kathlene McDonald

Interdisciplinary Studies Associate Professor Kathlene McDonald talks about her work in the field of medical humanities in the third installment of the City College of New York’s 2015-16 “Presidential Conversations: Activism, Scholarship, and Engagement” series on Thursday, Mar. 31. The talk, “From Chaos to Advocacy: End-of-Life Care, Narrative, and Social Change,” rescheduled from its original date of Nov. 19, takes place from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture’s Sciame Auditorium, and is free and open to the public.

“Medical humanities draws on the humanities and arts to provide insight into experiences of illness and care and their socio-cultural contexts,” McDonald said.  “As a writer and a writing teacher, I am interested in how these insights can lead to advocacy for patients and their caregivers, both within the medical realm and in terms of public policy.”

McDonald is the author of Feminism, the Left, and Postwar Literary Culture (UP Mississippi, 2012). She also works with cancer patients and family caregivers through the “Visible Ink” writing program at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Inaugurated in 2014, “Presidential Conversations: Activism, Scholarship, and Engagement” is a forum that features City College faculty sharing their research and creative scholarship with CCNY President Lisa S. Coico. 

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Syd Steinhardt