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Literature & Medicine: Humanities at the Heart of Healthcare: Program Description

A reading and discussion series for all Baystate Health employees. This program is held each Fall at Baystate Medical Center and is supported by the Baystate Health Sciences Library and the Mass Humanities foundation.

2017 Program

2017 Program Dates

Tuesdays, 5-7pm, Chestnut Building, Conference Room 2

  • Sep 19
  • Oct 3
  • Oct 17
  • Nov 7
  • Nov 21
  • Dec 5

2017 Registration Form

Use the following link to register for the 2017 program:

Continuing Ed Credits

CME and CE credits will be available to those participants that attend at least four of the six discussion sessions. Evaluation forms will be distributed at end of last session in December.

Session 6: The Good Life (Dec. 5)

I Know a Man (Robery Creeley)

Singapore (Mary Oliver)

On Living (Stephen King)

This I Believe (Kent Jacobson)


* For the full text of each reading, please contact Bridget Gunn (, 413-794-1291.

Session 5: Your Own Worst Enemy (Nov. 21)

After my Stepfather's Death (Wes McNair)

The Bartender (Andres Dubus III)

The American Specimen (Anonymous)

Session 4: Up Against It (Nov. 7)

I Stand Here Ironing (Tillie Olsen)

Why Aren't you Laughing? (David Sedaris)

The End of Tennis (Randall Saunders)

Session 3: What is Love? (Oct. 17)

The Embrace (Mark Doty)

Let Me Not to the Marriage of True Minds (Shakespeare, Sonnet 116)

My Papa's Waltz (Theodore Roethke)

Miss Lora (Junot Diaz)

Session 2: Who are We? (Oct. 3)

Allegory of the Cave (Plato)

What the Living Do (Marie Howe)

Just Ants (Jenni Fallein)

Session 1: Who are you? (Sep. 19)

What do Women Want? (Kim Addonizio)

Red Polka-Dot Dress (Mac J. Straus)

Born Bad (Sandra Cisneros)

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