Academics & Research

Center for Health Ethics, Arts, and Humanities (CHeEtAH)

Health Humanities Speakership

MK Czerwiec, RN, MA--2021 Health Humanities Lecturer

MK Czerwiec, RN, MA--2021 Health Humanities Lecturer

Our 2021 Medical Humanities Lecturer is MK Czerwiec, RN, MA. MK Czerwiec is a nurse, cartoonist, and educator. She is the creator of Taking Turns: Stories from HIV/AIDS Care Unit 371, editor of the Eisner Award-winning Menopause: A Comic Treatment, and a co-author of Graphic Medicine Manifesto. MK regularly teaches graphic medicine at Northwestern Medical School and the University of Chicago. She co-manages and is the Comics Editor for the journal Literature & Medicine. See more of her work at 

There will be two opportunities to hear MK Czerwiec.  Both events will be in person and streamed live: 
  • "Graphic Medicine: Comics As Bridge Between Humanity & Health" (Thursday, November 4, 2021,  The Tanner Humanities Center Lecture,  9:00-10:00am, The Tanner Center Jewel Room) For streaming link, please contact linda.carrlee@hsc.utah.eduThis Lectureship is collaboratively sponsored by The Center for Health Ethics, Arts, and Humanities (CHeEtAH), Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library (EHSL), College of Nursing, College of Fine Arts, and The Tanner Humanities Center.
Victoria Sweet, MD--2020 Medical Humanities Lecturer

Victoria Sweet, MD--2020 Medical Humanities Lecturer

Our 2020 Medical Humanities Lecturer is Victoria Sweet, MD,  an associate clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. She is the award-winning author of God’s Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine and Slow Medicine: The Way to Healing. In these two books, Sweet argues for a new approach to medical care that takes into account valuable lessons learned from pre-modern practices. Sweet advocates for care based on viriditas, Hildegard of Bingen’s concept of the healing power of nature, onto which she grafts respect for modern medicine through engaging stories drawn from her own medical training. 

There will be two opportunities to hear Victoria Sweet virtually: 

  • “Slow Medicine, Ethics, and the Case of Mrs. C.” (Wednesday, November 18, 2020, Evening Ethics Interactive Discussion, 5:30-7:00 p.m.) CME will be offered. For background reading from Dr. Sweet for this session, and zoom link, please contact  
  • “Hildegard of Bingen: Medieval Lessons for Modern Medicine”(Thursday, November 19, 2020,  The Tanner Humanities Center Lecture,  9:00-10:00am) For zoom link, please contact
    This Lectureship is collaboratively sponsored with the Department of History, Health Sciences Resiliency Center, College of Humanities, College of Health, and Tanner Humanities Center at the University of Utah 
Rafael Campo, MA, MD, DLitt (hon)--2018-19 Medical Humanities Lecturer

Rafael Campo, MA, MD, DLitt (hon)--2018-19 Medical Humanities Lecturer

Our 2018-19 Medical Humanities Lecturer is Rafael Campo, MA, MD, DLitt (hon). Dr. Campo is a poet and essayist who teaches and practices internal medicine at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. His primary care practice serves mostly Latinos, gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgendered people, and people with HIV infection. He currently serves as Director of Literature and Writing Programs of the Arts and Humanities Initiative at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Campo has received numerous honors and awards, including a Guggenheim fellowship, a National Poetry Series award, and a Lambda Literary Award for his poetry, and an honorary Doctor of Literature degree from Amherst College. He has authored eight highly acclaimed books. Numerous anthologies feature his work, including the Best American Poetry and Pushcart Prize series, and periodicals such as American Poetry Review, The Hudson Review, The Nation, The New Republic, The New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review, POEM (UK), Poetry, The Poetry Review (UK),,, and The Threepenny Review.

There will be two opportunities to hear Rafael Campo:

Thursday, November 29, 2018

  • Evening Ethics Discussion:"Silences and Last Words: Poetry as Witness at the End of Life" (Thursday, November 29, 2018, 5:30pm-7:00pm, Officers Club, South Room). Immediately after this session, the HSEB Bookstore will host a book sale and signing of Rafael Campo’s newest book, Comfort Measures Only: New and Selected Poems, 1994-2016 
  • “Cultural Competence: Poetry and the Importance of Voice in the Illness Experience” (Friday, November 30, 2018, 9:00am-10:00am, The Tanner Humanities Center's Jewel Box Conference Room)