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Durham University

Department of English Studies

Event Archive

This is an archive of past events within the Department of English Studies. Please see our current events for forthcoming activities.

Some of our public events are recorded and are available as podcasts via our Research English At Durham blog.

Practical Reasoning: How the Experience of the Humanities Can Help Train Doctors

21st March 2019, 14:00 to 15:00, Williams Library, St Chads College, Professor Ron Schleifer (Professor of English and Adjunct Professor of Medicine, University of Oklahoma)

All welcome to this brief talk, exploring a key intersection in the medical humanities.

About the Speaker

Prof. Schleifer is George Lynn Cross Research Professor of English and Adjunct Professor in the College of Medicine. From 1976 to 2000 he served as editor of Genre: Forms of Discourse and Culture; and from 1986 to 1999 he served as co-editor of The Oklahoma Project for Discourse and Theory, a book series published by the University of Oklahoma Press. In 1999 he was the director of the Annual Convention for the Society for Literature and Science, held in Norman. In 2012 he served as interim editor of Configurations: A Journal of Literature, Science, and Technology, where he currently serves on the editorial board. Prof. Schleifer is also presently co-editor of Mariner 10: Cross-Disciplinary DVD-ROMS, a series of electronic, interactive titles published by the University of Pennsylvania Press.

Prof. Schleifer has written, translated, or edited twenty books. In recent years, he has been invited to lecture in Lausanne, Moscow, Salzburg, China, Singapore, Bristol, Durham, and London. He teaches twentieth-century literature and literary and cultural theory for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as courses on literature and medicine at the Norman and OU Health Sciences Center campuses. He has also developed a seminar for scholarly writing for graduate students, which he has offered at OU in a campus-wide course sponsored by the Graduate College. He recently completed A Political Economy of Modernism: Literature, Post-Classical Economics, and the Lower Middle-Class, that will appear from Cambridge in 2018. This book, along with Modernism and Time and Modernism and Popular Music, will complete his long-term study, "The Culture of Modernism."

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