Introduce health sciences students to frameworks of health, care, and illness found in graphic medicine (memoirs) to help them process the implications of the pandemic.

All health sciences students at Creighton University (2000+ students) will be invited to join a reading discussion group on graphic medicine. We will begin with a pilot in which we will read and discuss Taking Turns: Stories from HIV/AIDS Unity 371 by MK Czerwiec (“Comic Nurse”), which illustrates the intersection of illness and culture from the perspective of lived experience. Faculty/staff facilitators will help lead discussion groups on Zoom. Pending NEH funding, we will continue with a non-credit, online course on graphic medicine, featuring four more books, through the fall.

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