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Esopus 22 event at Columbia University Medical Center on 11/4

October 15, 2015

Esopus is honored to copresent a Narrative Medicine Round at the Columbia University Medical Center on Wednesday, November 4th, starting at 5pm. The program, focused on Esopus 22: Medicine, the current issue of Esopus exploring the intersections between medicine and creativity, will feature a number of contributors to the issue, including Ian Williams, M.D. (“The Bad Doctor”) and MK Czerwiec, R.N. (“Comic Nurse”), comic artists and co-authors of The Graphic Medicine Manifesto, and the Narrative Medicine Program’s Danielle Spencer and Stephanie Adler Yuan, who collaborated on “Critical Conversations,” a piece in Esopus 22 which offers a depiction of a health-care experience from multiple perspectives. The evening will open with an introduction by Tod Lippy, editor of Esopus.

The event is cosponsored by the Columbia Program in Narrative Medicine and Penn State University Press, which has published books by both Williams and Czerwiec, along with a number of other authors, as a part of its Graphic Medicine book series.

The event begins at 5pm and is free and open to the public. It will take place at the Faculty Club at Columbia University Medical Center (630 West 168th Street, 4th floor, NYC).

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About the Esopus Foundation Ltd.

Founded in 2003, The Esopus Foundation Ltd. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing a forum through which artists, writers and musicians can make a direct connection with the general public. In addition to its main program, the annual publication Esopus, the Foundation has also programmed exhibitions, events, and performances with institutions including The Kitchen, the Museum of Modern Art, P.S.1/MoMA, White Columns, and the Museum of the Moving Image. Esopus, which reaches 30,000 readers around the world, was founded with the goal of providing an unmediated space for creative expression, and as a result never includes commercially driven editorial content or advertisements. Called “a thing of lavish, eccentric beauty” by The New York Times, the publication has garnered critical praise and a fervent following for its unfiltered, dynamic presentation of a wide range of creative activity since its founding in 2003. Past issues have featured projects by prominent contemporary artists, including Jenny Holzer, Ed Ruscha and John Baldessari; themed CDs of brand-new music contributed by the likes of Grizzly Bear, Kimya Dawson, and Neko Case; and, fiction, poetry, filmmaking, playwriting and art from hundreds of emerging and established voices, ranging from Tony-nominated playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis to Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner.

About the Columbia Program in Narrative Medicine

The Program in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University's School of Medicine fortifies clinical practice with the narrative competence to recognize, absorb, metabolize, interpret, and be moved by the stories of illness. Through narrative training, the Program helps physicians, nurses, social workers, mental health professionals, chaplains, social workers, academics, and all those interested in the intersection between narrative and medicine improve the effectiveness of care by developing these skills with patients and colleagues. Our research and outreach missions are conceptualizing, evaluating, and spear-heading these ideas and practices nationally and internationally.

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