Current Events


Current Events

Save the Date:
Symposium on the Healing Arts
May 11 @ 5:00 PM EST

The Drew University Medical and Health Humanities Program is delighted to invite you to attend a virtual Symposium on the Healing Arts on May 11, at 5:00 PM EST, to honor Ellen Dissanayake for her recent donation of her books, articles, book chapters and other papers to the Drew Archives. The symposium features Ellen Dissanayake, Peter Shannon, and Maria Lupo, and is moderated by Merel Visse and introduced by Liora Bresler.

The Symposium is a free, virtual event open to all.
When: Wednesday, May 11, 2002
Time: 5:00 – 7:00 PM Eastern
Location: Online (Zoom)

For additional questions and information, please contact Dr. Merel Visse at:

Join us at Q-METHODS-LAB?

Second Thursdays of the month, 4:00-5:00 PM EST.

Our new Q-METHODS-LAB will support your qualitative research and make it work for you in everyday situations of your practice. Now, once a month, you can drop by and touch base with renowned qualitative research fellows with extensive research and evaluation expertise, to share your work and ask questions. Q-METHODS-LAB is about creative puzzling, support and sharing examples of the shapes that research takes these days and how it may contribute to your studies and beyond. No foolin’. [Don’t be surprised to hear: The choice of method isn’t the most important question.”]

With Medical and Health Humanities fellows:
  • Liora Bresler (University of Illinois, Qualitative and Arts-based studies)
  • Saville Kushner (University of East Anglia, Drew University, the Self in Inquiry)
  • Richard Morehouse (Viterbo University, Qualitative studies)
  • Robert Stake (University of Illinois, Case studies)
  • and others such as
  • Gaetana Kopchinsky (Drew University, Narrative inquiry)
  • Merel Visse (Drew University, Qualitative, Policy and Arts-based studies)
Upcoming dates – second Thursdays of the month, 4:00-5:00 PM EST.
  • 2021: October 14; November 11; December 9
  • 2022: January 13; February 10; March 10; April 14; May 12; June 9.
To receive the ZOOM-link, email: with “Q-MethodsLab” in the subject line.

Listen to the First Episode of Quantum Narratives, our Medical and Health Humanities Podcast

The Quantum Narratives podcast aims to shed light on the “medicine” that emerges out of creativity and stories to thwart implicit biases that contribute to healthcare disparities as a result of structural inequalities and racism. Hosted by Nakaweesi Katongole and Merel Visse. Produced and sponsored by the Medical and Health Humanities Program at Drew University.

In this inaugural episode, Nakaweesi and Merel talk with their Drew colleague Kenneth Ngwa, director Global Health and Religion Forum, a partner of the Medical and Health Humanities Program. The conversation flows toward taking the community as a baseline.

Postponed because of COVID-19.
Registration is still possible.
New day and time will be announced.

Save the Date
Medical and Health Humanities Colloquium: Dependency and Disability

Saunders Room, Mead Hall

The Medical and Health Humanities Program of Drew University kindly invites you to join us for a colloquium on dependency and disability in relation to care. We are honored to have Dr. Rachel Adams as our guest speaker. Drew faculty members and students such as Dr. Nancy Vitalone-Raccaro (Teacher Education and Special Education), Michael Anderson (Drew Theological School), and visiting scholar Simon van der Weele (University of Humanistic Studies, Netherlands) will respond to Dr. Adams, followed by a discussion. Afterwards, there will be drinks and snacks to continue the conversation.

Dr. Rachel Adams is professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. Her expertise ranges from Disability Studies to Health Humanities and Food Studies. She is the author of the monographs Raising Henry: A Memoir of Motherhood, Disability, and Discovery (2013); Sideshow U.S.A.: Freaks and the American Cultural Imagination (2001); and Continental Divides: Remapping the Cultures of North America (2009).

Please register before March 31 by sending an email with your name and affiliation (if applicable) to: