Imagining Health Project Discusses Resilience at Mayo Clinic Humanities Symposium

Last month, the Imagining Health Project represented ASU humanities research on “resilience” at the 3rd annual Mayo Clinic Humanities in Medicine Symposium, held for the first time at Mayo Clinic in Arizona.  There, Professor Cora Fox, Imagining Health Project co-leader and Interim Director of the IHR, and Dr. Richard Caselli, Professor of Neurology and Associate Director and Clinical Core Director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Center at Mayo Clinic in Arizona, leveraged clinical and community experiences to define and conceptualize the importance of “Creativity and Resilience” in health care.  Projects spanning a multitude of departments at ASU were also featured, including:

  • Quilting as therapy for ADHD and for promoting resilience in writing classrooms for underserved students, with Susan Bernstein, Lecturer in the Department of English.
  • The Endgame Project,” an upcoming event featuring a documentary about actors with Parkinson’s disease who produced Samuel Beckett’s Endgame, organized by Patrick Bixby, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies of the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.
  • Ongoing collaborative research project on “Mindfulness and Resilience” presented by Alison Essary, Director of Strategic Academic Initiatives for the College of Health Solutions and Associate Director and Clinical Associate Professor in the School for the Science of Healthcare Delivery, and Mark Lussier, Professor of English.

This event was facilitated by ASU faculty, Mayo Clinic staff, and a Barrett honors student, Arathi Kulkarni. ASU Institute for Humanities Research is also planning future events in collaboration with Mayo Clinic in Arizona this spring, including an outreach event on resilience that will bring researchers, clinicians and community leaders together to address the centrality and limits of resilience as a goal for health and healthcare.

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