Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Sexual Abuse Film "When Nobody's Looking" May 31 in Toronto

May is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
Maureen Judge, Sylvia Fraser and Donald D'Haene
help raise awareness about this issue with the film "When Nobody's Looking"

May is sexual assault awareness and prevention month. To help raise awareness and encourage dialogue around this issue, The Women's Support Network of York Region and the Sexual Assault Centre London are presenting a screening of Maureen Judge’s award winning film When Nobody’s Looking , featuring presentations from two authors, Sylvia Fraser and Donald D’Haene, who will share their own personal experiences of hurt and healing.

To be held at The National Film Board Mediatheque
150 John Street, Toronto

May 31, 2008

7 – 10 p.m.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door. Proceeds will go to the Women’s Support Network of York Region and the Sexual Assault Centre London.

An evening of film, speech and discussion about sexual abuse.

For more information contact:

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Cancer Connections Offers Comfort and Grace Through Photography

Today I would like to share with you news about Cancer Connections a photo exhibit launched on May 20 at Nathan Phillips Square with 300 black-and-white photographs by Canadians each with a story to tell about cancer. The idea was conceived by Andrew Stawicki, co-founder of Photo-Sensitive, and was put together in partnership with the Canadian Cancer Society. The exhibit is dedicated to June Callwood, who died of cancer in 2007.

There was an excellent article in The Toronto Star, on Saturday May 17 written by Francine Kopun featuring powerful photographs and their stories of strength, dignity and survival. The article reported that the plan is to bring the exhibit to 10 Canadian cities ending in Ottawa in 2010 with 1,000 photographs.

I invite you to see a slide show of photos from Cancer Connections at

Friday, May 9, 2008

Convergence of Arts and Sciences University of Toronto Global Health Research Conference

University of Toronto artists (students, faculty, alumni and staff) from all disciplines are invited to participate in the Stone Lobby Exhibition IV as part of the Centre for International Health 6th Annual Global Health Conference. The exhibition aims to consider transformative modes of conceiving the body, and its relationship to global health. Completed works, works in progress, or work proposals are accepted. All mediums will be considered, including drawing, painting, and digital media. Sculpture, installation, and performance art are particularly encouraged.

Submission Information: Submit sample of your work or proposal to Misty Dawn MacMillan
Information: Please contact

More info at:

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Digital Ethnography Thinking About the Future of Student Learning

Continuing on again in our thread about technology, community,democracy and new forms of idea sharing.....
Such creative work and progressive communication I believe is very much related to the relative health of our educational systems and our society.

The video "A Vision of Students Today" is an example of digital ethnography created by Michael Wesch Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology along with the 200 students enrolled in ANTH 200: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology at Kansas State University in Spring 2007. According to Wesch, the project began as a brainstorming exercise, thinking about how students learn, what they need to learn for their future. Students wrote the script, and made suggestions for survey questions to ask the entire class. The survey was administered the following week.
Wesch then took all of the information from the survey and organized it into the final script portrayed in the video which was filmed over one 75 minute class period.
The introduction was filmed a month later. It is inspired by Marshall McLuhan's ideas as they apply to education.
(edited for this blog, source "Digital Ethnography, Kansas State University at:

SEE the video project "A Vision of Students Today at Youtube:

Arts and Health Resource Listing, Death and Bereavement

Creative Responses to Death and Bereavement. A helpful resource listing.


Bertman, S. L., (1999), “Grief and the Healing Arts Creativity as Therapy” Baywood Publishing, New York.

Morgan, J.D., (2000), “Meeting the Needs of our Clients Creatively”, Baywood Publishing, New York.

Neimeyer, R. A. (2006), “Rainbow in the Stone”, Selected poems by Robert A. Neimeyer, Mercury Publishers, Memphis.

Morgan, J.D., (1997), “Readings in Thanatology”, Baywood Publishing, New York.

Literary Arts

Charon R. (2006), “Narrative Medicine: Honouring the Stories of Illness” New York Oxford University Press.

Horowitz HW. (1996), “Poetry on Rounds: A Model for the Integration of Humanities into Residency Training”, Lancet, 347, pg. 447- 449.

Leggo, C., (2007), “Living Poetically A Pensées on Literacy and Health,”Canadian Creative Arts in Health, Training and Education Journal, Issue 6, Sept. pg. 3 - 12. (see Sept. 07 issue)

McNiff, S. (1992), “Art as Medicine: Creating a Therapy of the Imagination,” Shambhala Publications Inc.

Novosel, J. (2007), “The Death of My Young Husband from Cancer, A Love Story” (a personal story and autobiographical narrative), Canadian Creative Arts in Health, Training and Education Journal, Issue 6, Sept. pg. 26 - 32. (See Sept. 07 issue)

Rappaport, M. (2006), “The Poetry of Practice”, Canadian Creative Arts in Health, Training and Education Journal, Issue 3, Sept. pg. 3 (see Sept. 06 issue)

Serviss, S., Pointe, S. (2006), “The Artists-on-the Wards Program” Arts Programming Integral in Healthcare at University of Alberta Hospital, Canadian Creative Arts in Health, Training and Education Journal, Issue 3, Sept. pg. 8 - 9 (see Sept. 06 issue)

Viva Davis Halifax, Nancy (2006), “Things that matter, Stories about Living with Colorectal Cancer” Canadian Creative Arts in Health, Training and Education Journal, Issue 2, June, pg. 3 - 4. (see
June 06 issue.)

Visual Arts

Pope R. (1991), “Illness and Healing: Images of Cancer”, Lancelot Press.

Wikstrom B. M. (2001), “Works of Art: A Complement to Theoretical Knowledge When Teaching Nursing Care” Journal of Clinical Nursing, 10, pg. 25–32.

Drama in Health/ Education and Training

Crowshoe L, Bickford J, & Decottignies M. (2005). Interactive Drama: Teaching Aboriginal Health Medical Education. Medical Education, 39, pg. 521–522.

Gold, M. (2000), “Therapy Through Drama: The Fictional Family,” Charles C. Thomas Publishers.

Lewis, P., Johnson, D.R., (2000), “Current Approaches in Drama Therapy” Charles C. Thomas, Springfield.

Lorenz K.A., Steckart M. J., & Rosenfeld KE. (2004). End-of-life Education Using the Dramatic Arts: The Wit Educational Initiative. Academic Medicine, 79, pg. 481–486.

McLean, C. L. (2006), “Performing the Field,” (drama in research and therapeutic work in aging/ health, education and training, creating an ethnodrama based on field work), Canadian Creative Arts in Health, Training and Education Journal, Issue l, March, pg. 3 - 5. (reports on this research here

McLean, C.L. (2005), “Remember Me for Birds” An Ethnodrama about Aging, Mental Health and Autonomy, script book published by Ravenquest Inc., Cochrane, Alberta/ also on DVD, inquire

Mitchell, G. (2006), “I’m Still Here!” A research based performance about living with dementia, Canadian Creative Arts in Health, Training and Education Journal, Issue l, March, pg. 7 - 8. (see March 06 issue)

Nisker J. (2008), “Theatre as a health-policy research tool” in: Knowles JG, Cole AL. Handbook of the Arts in Qualitative Research: Perspectives, Methodologies, Examples, and Issues. Thousand Oaks, Sage Publications,

Saldana, J. (2005), “Ethnodrama an Anthology of Reality Theatre,” Alta Mira Press.

Shapiro J, & Hunt L. (2003). “All the World’s a Stage: The Use of Theatrical Performance in Medical Education” Medical Education, 37, pg. 922–927.


Blasco P. G., Moreto G. & Levites M. R. (2005). “Teaching Humanities Through Opera: Leading Medical Students to Reflective Attitudes” Family Medicine, 37, Pg. 18–20.

Cantelo, B. “Carry Me Home a Choreographed Film Portrayal of the Patient Moving from Fear to Security” (a dance project based on research in palliative care) Canadian Creative Arts in Health, Training and Education Journal, Issue 3, pg. pg. 10 - 12. (see September 06 issue)

Hutcheon, M. Hutcheon, L. (2007), “Medicine in/as Culture: The Teachings of Opera” (giving voice to the drama of the suffering person) Canadian Creative Arts in Health, Training and Education Journal, Issue 5, March, pg. 4 - 7. (see March 07 issue)

McLaren, C. (2007), “The Nurse’s Foot: A Phenomenological Exploration” (the story of the dancer as nurse), Canadian Creative Arts in Health, Training and Education Journal, Issue 5, March, pg. 8 - 11.
(see March 07 issue.)


Shapiro J, Rucker L, & Beck J. (2006). Training the Clinical Eye and Mind: Using Films to Teach Nursing. Medical Education, 40, pg. 263–268.

WIT (2001), script by Margaret Edson / more info:


Levine M. (1999). “On the Humanities in Nursing” Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 30, pg. 213–217.

Mayne P. (2005, January 20). “Medicine and Dentistry Reveals Artistic Side” Western News. Retrieved from http:// story.html?listing_id=17297.

Newell G.C, & Hanes D. J. (2003). “Listening to Music: The Case for its Use in Teaching Medical Humanism” Academic Medicine 78, pg. 714–719.

Social Science/performance ethnography

Denzin, N.K. (2003), “Performance Ethnography a Critical Pedagogy and the Politics of Culture”, Sage Publications.

Organizations and websites:

Seasons of the Heart Bereavement Services Directory

Bereavement Ontario Network links

Arts Informed Research and Education

Artography, University of British Columbia

OISE, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education

Arts in Humanities in Health and Medicine Program, University of Alberta

Dalhousie University Medical Humanities

Online accessible resources:

Arts and Health Crossing Borders BLOG
(over 200 posts on arts and health)

Literature Arts and Medicine BLOG

Canadian Creative Arts in Health, Training and Education Journal

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Music in Medical Education
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Dance in Conveying Suffering
Panic! (an example of the power of dance to convey suffering)