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Check Out the Examined Life Conference: Update and Call for Proposals

The Examined Life Conference, presented by the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, explores the intersections between the arts and medicine. How can they be of use to each other? How can they interact to make each more than they were without the other? Enjoy discussions and presentations on how the arts can be used in medical education and patient and provider care. Experience works by others like you: people who are trying to get along in the world of healthcare.

“As a student in Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Graduate Certificate in Narrative Healthcare program, I was delighted to attend several of the workshops offered by the Examined Life Conference last year,” says Amy-Lyles Wilson, a writer and spiritual director in Nashville, Tennessee. “The presenters were knowledgeable, personable, and committed to interacting with participants in meaningful ways. I shall sign up again this year!”

After extensive consideration, the College has decided it will be unable to hold the Examined Life Conference in person this year. Instead, as in 2020, it will offer a virtual program with opening dates remaining October 21–23, 2021.

This difficult decision is based primarily on a continued concern for protecting the health and safety of the Examined Life community, but also on the many logistical and operational obstacles encountered in trying to deliver an in-person event this year.

The College is disappointed that it will not be gathering in person again this year but it is their goal to continue to be innovative and find new, dynamic ways to connect virtually. Toward this goal, the deadline for submitting proposals has been extended to May 1, 2021. Call for Proposals to May 1, 2021. We can’t wait to see what wonderful ideas you have for virtual sessions!

Please look for news about featured speakers, program details, and other exciting updates in the coming months. And be sure to check out the Examined Life Journal in the meantime.


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