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Professor Rita Charon delivers Philip Sandblom Prize Lecture 2022

“Creativity in Life: How Literature, Art, and Music Affect Illness and Health”


When? 4 October 
Where? LUX Auditorium, Helgonavägen 3, Lund
How? Light (and sparkling) refreshments are served at 16.15 outside LUX Auditorium, followed by Rita Charon’s lecture until approx. 18.30. Participation is free of charge. 
For whom? This is an open lecture in English.


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Philip Sandblom Prize Lecture 2022 is sponsored by Grace S. Sandblom's Endowment and Birgit Rausing Centre for Medical Humanities

What is it about?

Portrait Rita Charon. Photo.

Rita Charon will show, in words and pictures, how collaborative work in creative disciplines opens up readers and viewers to unique experiences of their embodied, subjective, relational selves—and of the embodied, subjective, relational selves of others. The title of the lecture is a play on words of Philip Sandblom’s influential book Creativity and Disease: How Illness Affects Literature, Art, and Music.

Rita Charon, M.D., Ph.D. Professor and Founding Chair of Medical Humanities & Ethics, Professor of Medicine, and Executive Director of Columbia Narrative Medicine at Columbia University, USA.

Rita Charon is a general internist and literary scholar who originated the field of narrative medicine. She completed the MD at Harvard in 1978 and the PhD in English at Columbia in 1999. Her research focuses on the consequences of narrative medicine practice, narrative medicine pedagogy, and health care team effectiveness.

Read interview with Rita Charon

Read more about Rita Charon (personal webpage at Columbia University)

Philip Sandblom was professor of surgery at Lund University and was also the vice chancellor of Lund University during 1957-68. He had a great interest in the humanities and in modern art. In honour of his memory, his wife, Grace, created a fund to further stimulate students’ interest in medical humanities. The fund also gives annual support to prizes to distinguished lecturers in medical humanities.