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Graphic medicine exhibit opens Sept. 10 at Lamar Soutter Library

By Sandra Gray

UMass Medical School Communications

September 06, 2018
  graphic medicine exhibition at Lamar Soutter Library

The Lamar Soutter Library is hosting the National Library of Medicine’s traveling graphic medicine exhibition from Sept. 10 to Oct. 20.

The Lamar Soutter Library at UMass Medical School is hosting the National Library of Medicine traveling exhibition Graphic Medicine: Ill-Conceived and Well-Drawn from Sept. 10 to Oct. 20. 

Graphic medicine is the use of comics to tell personal stories of illness and health. The exhibit showcases items from the National Library of Medicine’s growing collection of graphic memoirs depicting patients’ and health care providers’ experiences. It “explores an increasingly popular, yet little-known literary field that presents personal illness narratives and health information through the medium of comics.”

The library is presenting a series of events and talks to complement the exhibit.  

Librarians and guests will explore the ways the genre can promote reflection, sharing of personal narratives, and health communication at weekly “Coffee and Comics” drop-in events at the library taking place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Wednesday during the exhibition, beginning Sept. 12.

A panel discussion with graphic medicine authors and artists MK Czerwiec (The Comic Nurse and Taking Turns); Dana Walrath (Aliceheimers); Whit Taylor (Ghost Stories) and Cathy Leamy (Susie & Ray) will be held on Friday, Oct. 5, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Albert Sherman Center auditorium. Refreshments will follow.

Matteo Farinella, author of “Neurocomic” will host a talk on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 2:30 p.m. in the Lazare auditorium (S1-607).

Visit the Lamar Soutter Library website or email victoria.rossetti@umassmed.edufor more information, RSVP for events and learn more about the exhibit from the National Library of Medicine.