An interactive seminar by Prof. Kimberly Myers (Penn State College of Medicine) as part of the Medical and Health Humanities Seminar Series.
This interactive presentation will explore how the medium of comics can enhance the training and practice of healthcare providers and can serve as an important source of information and support for patients and caregivers contending with illness. From its first formal appearance on the cover of the British Medical Journal (BMJ) in March of 2010, to the book-length Graphic Medicine Manifesto that articulated its aims and methodologies in 2015, Graphic Medicine has burgeoned into a transdisciplinary field that brings together healthcare practitioners, ethicists, patients, and comics artists to illuminate lived experiences of health and illness. Please join Dr. Myers as she shares an insider’s view of the origins and milestones of this movement and invites you to engage actively with one another in responding to select comics.
Kimberly R. Myers, M.A., Ph.D. is Professor of Humanities and Medicine, and Distinguished Educator at Penn State College of Medicine. Her scholarship focuses on sociocultural dimensions of illness, illness narratives, graphic medicine, and medical education. She was co-author of the first article on graphic medicine to appear in a professional medical journal, the British Medical Journal, in 2010, and is co-author of Graphic Medicine Manifesto, the book that officially launched the field of graphic medicine. Her most recent book is Clinical Ethics: A Graphic Medicine Casebook, published by Penn State University Press in 2022. Dr. Myers is co-editor of the Medical Humanities: Criticism & Creativity book series at Peter Lang Oxford. Her work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Arnold P. Gold Foundation for Humanism in Healthcare.
This is a hybrid event; in-person attendance is limited.