About the WMU Medical Humanities Workgroup

Under the direction of Dr. Fritz Allhoff and Mr. David Charlton (Philosophy), the Medical Humanities Workgroup is a new initiative on the campus of Western Michigan University, coordinating individuals from the campus and broader Kalamazoo community with interests in the humanistic dimensions of medicine and health.  To this end, we understand the medical humanities quite broadly, including, but not limited to:  medical ethics, history of medicine, medical anthropology, religious approaches to health, health narratives, health education, conceptions of wellness, and so on.

The function of the workgroup was, initially, simply to put people with shared interests in contact, as well as to celebrate the strength that WMU and the surrounding community has in this regard.  Moving forward, our goals are:  to provide a platform for extramural funding; to support faculty research, travel, and other professional activity; to offer curricular support to the School of Medicine and to our medical humanities minor; to develop event programming, including conferences, reading groups, lectures series, and film series; and, overall, to establish WMU as a national leader in the medical humanities.  With the continued interest and support of the campus and local community, the workgroup will flourish into a dynamic, powerful resource with myriad research and educational goals.

We would also like to acknowledge the support of our sponsors:  Bronson Healthcare Group, Borgess Health, Office for Vice President of Research, College of Arts & Sciences, College of Fine Arts, College of Health and Human Services, Medieval Institute, Center for the Study of Ethics in Society, Soga Japan Center, University Center for the Humanities, School of Communication, School of Music, School of Nursing, School of Public Affairs and Administration, Department of Comparative Religion, Department of English, Department of History, Department of Geography, Department of Philosophy, and Department of Sociology.

Please browse the site and if you have further questions or are interested in participating in the workgroup or joining our mailing list, please contact our Director, Dr. Fritz Allhoff or our Assistant Director, Mr. David Charlton.

Thanks for your interest!