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Bioethics Seminar: Echoes and replies

These thoughts arise from teaching involving poetry in a humanities selective in the 3rd year of the MBChB degree here at Otago. I start with a review of various attempts to credit poems with usefulness, a view I’ve argued against, and say why I’m not inclined to change my mind. But then, I look at the recent teaching I did, and ask what emerged from that.

I agree, first, that poets do make truth claims (including about truth itself); but I also found myself drawn into the way in which one poem may echo another – a conversation among texts which opens them up to reinterpretation. For example, I consider a possible conversation between TS Eliot’s The Journey of the Magi and Hone Tuwhare’s Heemi. What does this tell us about poetry and its role in medical education?

 Speaker: Neil Pickering

Date Monday, 4 September 2017
Time 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Audience Public,All University
Event Category Health Sciences
Event Type Open Seminar
DepartmentBioethics Centre
LocationBioethics Seminar Room, Level one, 71 Frederick Street (entry on Frederick Street). Also video-linked Christchurch and Wellington.
Contact NameBioethics Centre
Contact Phone64 3 471 6120

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