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Howard and Georgetown Universities To Launch Joint Medical Humanities Center Funded by Mellon Foundation Grant

WASHINGTON (January 19, 2023) — The Mellon Foundation has awarded a 3.5 year, $3 million grant to support a collaboration between Georgetown University and Howard University in the establishment of a center for medical humanities. The Georgetown-Howard Center for Medical Humanities and Health Justice will focus on reducing health disparities in Washington through leveraging methods of critical inquiry at the heart of the humanities.


Medical humanities is an interdisciplinary field that recenters health in its broader social, cultural and historical context. Bridging the clinic and the archive, it uses humanities and social sciences methods to explore, analyze and critique the contexts of illness and health. Disciplines represented include history, literary studies, philosophy, bioethics, cultural studies, religion, psychology, medical anthropology, and the visual and performing arts.




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