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Jefferson Humanities & Health

Jefferson Humanities & Health supports student engagement in the arts and humanities to promote essential skills related to healthcare including close observation, critical thinking, communication and empathy.

Throughout the year, our programs highlight the social contexts of health and wellness, lived experiences of diverse individuals and communities, and self-care for health professionals.

Each academic year, the Jefferson Humanities Forum explores a thought-provoking theme from a wide range of perspectives. During the 2019-2020 academic year, the Jefferson Humanities Forum will investigate the theme Memory

Throughout the year, forum events will explore aspects of Memory, including:

  • Dementia and the neuroscience of memory
  • Memory and its presence or erasure in the built environment
  • Memoir and writing from memory
  • Genealogy, genetics and social justice

Students are invited to complete the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate by attending eight (8) Jefferson Humanities & Health events during the academic year and completing a portfolio of four (4) reflective essays in response. Registration for the 2019-2020 certificate program will open in August 2019.  

Have a great summer! Our regular programming will resume in September. 



Calling all creative writers! The Summer Intensive Creative Writing Workshop is designed for those of you with writing projects in progress. Whether you're a poet, a fiction and essay writer, or a graphic and pictorial composer, you are welcome to join this workshop! We all know writing can sometimes feel like a lonely and frustrating endeavor, so this workshop will be a place where you will share your work, give each other thoughtful feedback, find inspiration and connect with a supportive community of writers.

Free and open to Jefferson students. Space is limited and registration is required. Learn more.

This summer, Fleisher Art Memorial is once again offering its popular Art for the Healer program, designed for Jefferson health professions students. The five-week workshop serves as an introduction to the visual principals and elements of art and design and takes place on Fleisher's South Philly campus (approx. 10 minute walk from Jefferson Center City). Lessons are tailored to serve health professionals particularly, encompassing goals of increasing empathy, strengthening crucial perceptual skills and studying anatomical structures. 

Free and open to Jefferson students. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Learn more.

*Events marked with an asterisk can be counted toward the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate for Jefferson students. 

Please note: Events are added to the calendar as they are confirmed. Please check regularly for additional events. 

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