2014 Survive and Thrive Conference

Survive and Thrive, a conference and arts festival for the medical humanities returns for a third year.   As in years past, the 2014 conference continues to blend medicine and the arts in sessions dedicated to learning and sharing knowledge together in support of survivors, health care professionals, medical educators, and educators from the Fine Arts and Humanities. The conference promotes the interests and projects of Medical Humanities and Narrative Medicine. Our unique approach includes both EMS and Medical Technology as essential elements in our content planning as well as the involvement of survivors of Sudden Cardiac Arrest, Brain Injury, and Cancer.

Keynote speakers Frankie Condon and Nadya Lawson will present on racial, cultural and national traumas. Other speakers include blind artist and cancer survivor Annie Young; poet and novelist Jimmy Baca; and John Evans and Karen Jooste from the Duke University Integrative Medicine Program.

The 2014 conference will focus on four main areas of interest: PTS (D); Brain, Heart, and Mind; Testimony, Witness, and Advocacy; and Careers in Medical Humanities.

“Survive and Thrive is unique in that it is for survivors and created by survivors.” said Rex Veeder, conference director. “It is home made. Slow food. It is the best of the artistic drive to understand what it is to be human and the scientific drive to explore and explain what it is to be human.” The conference will be held downtown St. Cloud on October 15, 16 and 17. Registration is now open, to register or for more details visit http://www.survivethrive.net/2014 or contact Rex Veeder at veeder.rex@gmail.com.



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