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February 27, 2020 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
New Castle Public Library
424 Delaware St
New Castle
DE 19720
Delaware Humanities

In Magnificent Desolation, Apollo 11 Astronaut Buzz Aldrin recalls his life from preparing for the moon landing to battling depressing and alcoholism after his return home.  He tells his story in the touching, humorous, and lively way only capable of Buzz Aldrin.

Join us for a discussion of this book at the New Castle Public Library.  This discussion, led by Delaware Humanities’ Literature and Medicine facilitator Sarah Bucic, is the final event in our year of DEstination: Space programming and the first event in 2020 for our Literature and Medicine program.

Registration is requested.  Register online or by emailing or calling Delaware Humanities.

Program Description

The study of history, literature, and culture helps provide a broad context for the disciplines of science and medicine. Literature in particular opens us to new worlds and allows us to bear witness to the lives of others.  For medical caregivers working in an increasingly multicultural world, literature can also offer new ways of understanding and responding to patients and their families.
“I enjoyed the evening and am looking forward to more evenings of discussion. I see only positive ripples generating outward from here.” ~ Kathy
Literature & Medicine: Humanities at the Heart of Health Care™ is an award-winning program offered by Humanities Councils in 26 states around the country, including Delaware. Begun 20 years ago in Maine, Literature & Medicine offers scholar-led reading and discussion groups that use works of fiction, poetry, drama, and non-fiction to explore what’s at the heart of healthcare. Participants come from all branches of medical care, including nurses, physicians, support staff, administrators, clergy, social workers and therapists in hospitals, home health, hospice, and public health settings. Some programs also admit members of the general public.  In a study conducted at the US Veterans Administration, participants reported an 82% increase in empathy, a 61% improvement in job satisfaction, and a 59% rise in cultural awareness*.
“The readings were great and thought-provoking.  Seems like a good group of people able to dig into the texts.” ~ Tim
If you are a medical organization or professional interested in offering a Literature & Medicine program at your facility, please contact us. If you are interested in participating in the program, please contact us.  All of our sessions are open to the public. Depart of Health and Social Services in New Castle: Sessions take place on Wednesdays from Noon to 1:30 PM.  2020 dates are April 15, May 20, June 17, July 15, August 19, September 16, and October 21.  You can register here for this program. Bayhealth in Dover: The program has been cancelled for 2020 due to COVID.  Please check back for information for 2021. Previous titles include: How Doctors Think by Jerome Groopman What Doctors Feel by Danielle Orfi Writer, M.D. Edited by Leah Kaminsky The Not Dead and the Saved by Kate Clanchy How We Do Harm by Otis Webb Brawley The Shift by Theresa Brown, RN Do No Harm by Henry Marsh When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi Being Mortal by Atul Gawande *Program Evaluation, Literature & Medicine Program, Healthcare Facilities, United States Department of Veterans Affairs by Dr. Bruce B. Clary, Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine, 2011.