Disarming Dialogues in Humanities and Ethics (Workshop, University of Chicago Center in New Delhi, 2-4 November 2016)

disarming-dialoguesThe Medical Humanities Group of the University College of Medical Sciences (UCMS), University of Delhi, India and the University of Chicago Medicine, USA will be organising this three day collaborative workshop. The course faculty will be Matthew Sorrentino, David Meltzer, Vinay Kumar, Monica Peek from Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence, Ranjana Srivastava from MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics, Sunil Pandya, Editor Emeritus of the Indian Journal of Medical Ethics, Navjeevan Singh, Upreet Dhaliwal, and Satendra Singh from UCMS, Delhi.

Disarming Dialogues’ is a collaborative effort of the Bucksbaum Institute of the University of Chicago, and the Theatre of the Oppressed Group of UCMS, Delhi. The workshop will culminate in an innovative Forum Theatre which will be open to a select audience through invitation only.

Using forum theatre of Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed, a liberatory praxis of education, the workshop participants will present unfinished stories of ethical and existential dilemmas in short plays of 5 to 10 minutes each. The spectators will be encouraged to stop a play at any time, replace the protagonist who is struggling, and demonstrate what they would do to change the outcome. The essence of Medical Humanities is reflective practice. Reflection, and the action that is brought out help the transformation from spectator to “spectactor”. Forum theatre is widely regarded as a powerful form of experiential learning to hone empathy, ethical thinking, and professional behaviour. This will be followed by a talk by Dr Monica Peek on “Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago: Applying Medical Humanism in Patient Care.” Dr Peek is an inaugural faculty fellow of the Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence, and the Director of Research at the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics. If you wish to attend the special invite for the forum theatre and Dr Peek’s talk on Friday 4th November 2-5 pm at the University of Chicago, Delhi Centre, DLF Capitol Point, Baba Kharak Singh Marg, New Delhi -110001, please contact Organising Secretary Dr Satendra Singh.

The workshop will take place at the University of Chicago Center, Connaught Place, New Delhi. To see the full workshop agenda over the three days, please contact Dr Satendra Singh.

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