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10th Annual International Health Humanities Consortium Conference

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  • Attendee fee: $150
  • Attendee fee if credit is desired: $200
  • Student fee: $25 (must send verification)

Fee includes cost of instruction.

To receive the student rate, email verification of student status to

Members of the International Health Humanities Consortium are eligible for a $50 discount on conference registration. Members can email Deb Tomazin at for the discount code to use when registering.

Those having financial difficulties, who cannot afford the full conference registration fee, should email Lise Saffran at with the phrase “HHC financial exigency” in the subject line. The email message should briefly explain the registrant’s financial situation; Ms. Saffran can provide a discount code to use when registering. This discount code cannot be used for registrations that include Continuing Education credits.

Registrations received after March 24, 2021, will incur a $25 late fee.

Cancellations received after March 18, 2021, will be assessed a $25 processing fee.

No refunds will be made for cancellations that are received after March 22, 2021.


This event is sponsored by the International Health Humanities Consortium.


This conference will explore the contributions of health humanities to health crises and imagine the future of the humanities during recovery and renewal following recent global crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic and recent racial reckoning.


Professionals involved with health humanities scholarship, education and practices may benefit from attendance.

Overall Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the experiences of patients, caregivers and communities as they are shaped in relation to models of disease, illness, health and wellness.
  • Define the intersection of health and humanistic disciplines as well as social science research that gives insight to the human condition.
  • Relate to health care professionals the history, practice and study of health humanities.

Keynote Speakers

Damon Tweedy, MD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Duke University School of Medicine

Rosemary Jolly, PhD
Weiss Professor of Humanities in Literature and Human Rights
Penn State


A full agenda will be sent to registrants closer to the conference.

March 25, 2021

  • 1 to 5:15 p.m. | Concurrent Presentations
  • 7 to 8:30 p.m. | Featured Presentation

March 26, 2021

  • Noon to 5:30 p.m. | Concurrent Presentations
  • 5:30 to 7 p.m. | Black Man in a White Coat (1.5 credit hours)
    Keynote Speaker Damon Tweedy, MD

    • Describe how medical education and the health care system have perpetuated health disparities.
    • Identify strategies to mitigate the harms of physician bias and patient mistrust on health outcomes.
    • Discuss the unique challenges and roles of Black physicians in the delivery of medical care.

March 27, 2021

  • 10 to 11:15 a.m. | PANDEMIC Ostalgie: HIV/AIDS and COVID-19 – Lessons for Pandemic Preparedness from the Humanities (1.25 credit hours)
    Keynote Speaker Rosemary Jolly, PhD

    • Describe fifth-wave public health and how it challenges existing concepts of public health priorities.
    • Compare the in-depth history of the comparative emergence of HIV and COVID-19 pathogens as zoonoses, dependent on phylogenetic studies contextualized within conditions of emergence of human/non-human animal interfaces.
    • Discuss decolonization of a) medical history and b) global health interventions.
    • Explain the ethics of considering pandemic conditions in terms of structural violence: settler colonialism; race; global capitalism, including a consideration of the level of the individual patient.
  • 11:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. | Concurrent Presentations

March 28, 2021

  • 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Networking and Business Meetings

Course Director

Bernice L. Hausman, PhD
Chair, Department of Humanities
Professor, Humanities and Public Health Sciences
Penn State College of Medicine
Member, Penn State Cancer Institute
Edward S. Diggs Professor Emerita, Virginia Tech



Penn State College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Penn State College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 2.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


A completed evaluation is required in order to receive a certificate for attending this activity. Please complete and submit the evaluation within the specified time frame.


The University reserves the right to cancel or postpone any course or activity because of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If a program is canceled or postponed, the University will refund any program registration fees paid but cannot be held responsible for any related costs, charges or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines or travel agencies.

Program registrants who are experiencing illness or have been exposed to anyone who is ill should contact the Continuing Education office before attending any in-person activities.


Content and speakers for all programs are subject to change. Registrants will be notified of any significant updates.


On-campus educational activities provided by Penn State College of Medicine Continuing Education are required to follow healthcare facility guidelines. Off-campus events provided by Penn State College of Medicine Continuing Education follow the COVID-19 requirements of that venue. We ask that all participants respect that some attendees may still choose to wear masks for activities. Check the venue website for the latest requirements and recommendations. Please do not attend this activity if you have symptoms or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. By attending the activity, you attest that you do not have any symptoms suggestive of COVID-19, which may include fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, loss of taste, loss of smell or any other sign of illness.

Access (ADA)

Penn State encourages people with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. Participants who anticipate needing any type of special accommodation or who have questions about the physical access provided should contact the Continuing Education office at least one week in advance of participation or visit.

Disclosure and Conflict of Interest (COI and Educational Balance)

It is Penn State policy to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all educational programs. Faculty and course directors have disclosed relevant financial relationships with commercial companies, and Penn State has a process in place to mitigate any conflict of interest. Complete faculty disclosure will be provided to program participants at the beginning of the activity.

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