Healing & The Spoken/Written Word

The idea that the spoken/written word has healing power goes back to Aristotle. Literature, as an art form, is about reaching for wholeness, and its end, like that of medicine, is to address the disharmony that lies at the core of illness.

In this program, scholars in medicine and literature will discuss ways to integrate the spoken/written word in a holistic approach to help patients and their families and friends confront illnesses and deal with pain and suffering.

Sponsored by The Harbinger
and Negative Capability

Funding for the program is provided by a grant from the Alabama Humanities Foundation, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Thursday, April 23, 7 PM
Medical School Building Auditorium, USA Campus


Charles B. Rodning, MD. PhD, FIGS, FACS
Professor & Chair, Dept. of Surgery, College of Medicine, University of South Alabama

Dr. Rodning will discuss the covenant between patient and physician and the role of communication in transforming a physician into a healer to address the well-being of patients and their families and friends who are experiencing pain and suffering.

The following two essays published in The Harbinger form part of the presentation by Charles B. Rodning.

Friday, April 24, 7 PM
Medical School Building Auditorium, USA Campus

"HOLDING TIGHT, LETTING GO: Living with Breast Cancer"

Musa Mayer, MS, MFA

Ms. Mayer will discuss about confronting her own cancer with writing, based on her two books, Examining Myself: One Woman's Story of Breast Cancer Treatment and Recovery and Holding Tight, Letting Go: Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer.

Saturday, April 25, 2 PM
Room 144, Humanities Building, USA Campus

"WRITING OUR WAY HOME: The Power of Illnesses Narrative"

Musa Mayer, MS, MFA

A writing workshop for people with life-threatening illnesses, family members, care- givers, and health professionals.

Thursday, April 30, 7 PM
Medical Science Building Auditorium, USA Campus


Sue Walker, Ph.D..
Professor of Literature, English Department, University of South Alabama

Dr. Walker will lead a discussion on the relationship between healing and word, and give a poetry reading from her book, an award-winning anthology titled Life on the Line.

The following article published in The Harbinger is an excerpt of the presentation by Dr. Sue Walker

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