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The Center for the History of Medicine and Public Health at the New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) announces its “Performing Medicine” festival, a celebration of medically inclined theater, music, and dance. The festival will explore the interrelationships of medicine, health, and the performing arts with a day-long program of special presentations and performances by actors, dancers, doctors, and musicians. The event will take place on April 5, 2014 in Hosack Hall, NYAM’s beautiful art deco auditorium.
Performers include Dr. Richard Kogan with a musical performance and lecture on creative genius and psychiatric illness; Brian Lobel on his comedic adventures as a cancer patient; Parkinson’s coach and dancer Pamela Quinn on reading bodies; David Leventhal with DANCE FOR PD® from Mark Morris Dance Group/Brooklyn Parkinson Group; and Mount Sinai’s Academy for Medicine and the Humanities on the art of listening. Dr. Danielle Ofri will lead a panel discussion, and musicians from Weill Cornell’s Music and Medicine Initiative will provide musical interludes.
Throughout the day there will be guided behind-the-scenes tours offering an introduction to NYAM’s Drs. Barry and Bobbi Coller Rare Book Reading Room and Gladys Brooks Book & Paper Conservation Laboratory.
General admission is $25, free for students and hospital house staff (ID required), and $15 for NYAM Fellows, Members, and Friends of the Rare Book Room. Tours cost an additional $5. Online registration is available here. All prices will increase $5 the day of.
View the full event schedule here.
The Center for the History of Medicine and Public Health, which includes the NYAM Library, promotes the scholarly and public understanding of the history of medicine and public health and the history of the book. Established in 2012, the Center aims to build bridges among scholarly, professional, and public communities. The Center’s Library is one of the largest medical collections in the United States open to the general public, to whom it has been available since 1878.
Posted on February 28, 2014
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