Conference Program

The conference program and presentation abstracts are now available.  We also have program overviews available, both by presenter names and by topics.  The conference will take place in the Fetzer Center at Western Michigan University; areas maps may be useful.


Registration is now closed.

Getting to Kalamazoo

For those flying, Kalamazoo | Battle Creek International Airport (AZO) is approximately five miles from the conference site. Grand Rapids (GRR) sometimes has less expensive flights and is about an hour’s drive away. Trains are regularly available from both Detroit and Chicago, each of which is serviced by large, international airports.

Conference Hotels

We have obtained room blocks at two area hotels:

Holiday Inn West. 2747 S. 11th St., Kalamazoo. 269.375.6000. The Holiday Inn has an airport shuttle, as well as shuttle service to and from the conference site; it is the recommended hotel for those who will be without cars. Room rates are $99 on 9/28 and 9/29, then $128 on 9/30. Rooms must be reserved by 9/7 to receive the conference rate; make reference to the “Western Michigan University Medical Humanities Conference”.

Red Roof Inn West. 5425 W. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo. 800.874.9000. This is a budget option; rooms are $37.66 (king) or $41.64 (two doubles) per night. The Red Roof Inn has neither a hotel shuttle nor a shuttle service to the conference and is therefore not recommended for those without cars. Rooms must be reserved by 8/28 to receive the conference rate; use block code B025MEDICA.

Continuing Medical Education

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Michigan State Medical Society Committee on CME Accreditation through the joint sponsorship of MSU/KCMS and WMU Medical Humanities Workgroup. MSU/KCMS is accredited by the MSMS Committee on CME Accreditation to provide continuing medical education for physicians. MSU/KCMS designates this live activity for a maximum of 14.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)ä. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Our Sponsors

Borgess Health, Bronson Healthcare Group, 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 Medicine, School of Music, School of Nursing, School of Public Affairs & Administration, Department of Anthropology, Department of Comparative Religion, Department of English, Department of History, Department of Geography, Department of Philosophy, Department of Sociology.