Register for the Last Cross-Pollination Event of the Year, 30 November.

We have one more Cross-Pollinations in our series this year! A new registration link was created so you will have to re-register to attend.

Who: Helen Humphreys and Catherine Dhavernas
When: Wednesday, November 30, 6-7pm EST
Where: Register on Zoom here:

In this groundbreaking new series, health humanities and poetry come together under the same scope, combining artistic expression with health practice and research. The conversations of Cross-Pollinations will illuminate new and emerging insights and perspectives on healthcare opportunities and challenges, healthcare approaches and advances, as well as build bridges of connection between health professionals, humanities and the arts.

This series is ideal for people in arts communities, poets and writers, as well as those working in healthcare.

Catherine Dhavernas is an Associate Professor in the Department of French Studies at Queen’s University. As a specialist in French literature and theory, her work on the past, memory and modern constructions of narrative identity led her to explore the limits of representation in relation to historical and individual trauma. Through this work, she began to study the reception and use of accounts of aging and dying in medicine which led to her current collaborations with physicians and healthcare organizations in the area of the medical humanities and narrative medicine focusing on palliative care and care of older adults. While on a leave of research in Australia for the past five years, Catherine has worked as a volunteer biographer at Karuna Hospice and led research collaborations at St Vincent’s and Southern Cross Care residential aged care services. Working in partnership with the Queensland State Archives, the rural community of Kilkivan and Griffith University over the past four years, she developed and implemented a number of student-run interventions including the Biography and Memory Lounge projects to address the loneliness and isolation experienced by many older persons living in residential aged care facilities and regional communities. Catherine has been a volunteer in palliative and aged care since 2013. Prior to moving to Australia, she developed a medical humanities course on the challenges of aging and dying for Queen’s University’s graduate program in Aging and Health and began her volunteer work in palliative care with Hospice Kingston.

Helen Humphreys is the award-winning writer of four books of poetry, five works of creative non-fiction, and nine novels. Her work has been translated into many languages, published internationally, and optioned for stage, film, television, and opera. She lives and works in Kingston, Ontario.


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