Tell Me What Hurts: Storytelling and the Healing Arts


This one day symposium explores many stories of healing, from personal to professional to collective, using approaches from the arts, humanities and the health professions. We hope to encourage robust interdisciplinary conversation among participants and presenters throughout the day, but we welcome all members of the community to come for one session or the whole event.

The touchstone of this symposium is the work of Martha A. Hall, whose artists' books are on exhibit in the Ketchum Library Gallery during the Fall semester of 2018. Each panel in some way explores the implications and wider context for her work on the symposium themes.

Agenda for September 13, 2018:
8:30-9:00: Registration/Breakfast
9:00-9:15: Welcome
9:15-10:15: Keynote address "Healing Our Collective Trauma and Reconnecting with Spiritual Source" by Sherri Mitchell--Weh'na Ha'mu Kwasset
10:15-10:45: Documentary screening "I Make Books"
10:45-11:00: coffee/tea break
11:00-12:15: Writers on Health and Creative Practice
Panelists: Mihku Paul, Mira M. Ptacin, Lee Sharkey

12:15-1:15: Lunch
1:15-2:15: Keynote address "Caring for Our Patients, Our Students, Ourselves: The Power of Narrative" by Hedy Wald
2:15-3:30: Artists' Books as Patient Narratives in the Classroom and Archives
Panelists: Stella Bolaki, Jennifer S. Tuttle, Cathleen Miller, Kat Stefko, Marieke Van Der Steenhoven

3:30-3:45: coffee/tea break
3:45-5:30: Narrative Arts and the Health Professions--Student Perspectives
Panelists: Arooba Almas, Meghan Morash, Maeve Morse, Thomas Rooney
5:45-7:00: Reception and exhibition in the Ketchum Library Art Gallery


A reception will be held in the Ketchum Library Gallery.


Maine Women Writers Collection, University of Kent


Cathleen Miller

(207) 221-4334

9:00 AM
Campus Center Multipurpose Rooms

Biddeford Campus

Free and open to the public