In spring 2020, New York City became the epicenter of the COVID pandemic. As fear and uncertainty mounted alongside the daily death tolls, the pandemic revealed many unsettling truths about our society and its values. But it also underscored the importance of humanistic and humanities approaches to health and disease. Dr. Rishi Goyal will discuss the challenges he and his colleagues faced in caring for their patients, for one another, and for themselves during this time. He will also highlight the role that the emerging field of medical and health humanities can play in helping us understand and respond to the multiple dimensions of the human emergency New York and other localities have experienced during the pandemic. If you're interested in attending, please email Stephanie Hilger for more information.
Professor Goyal is Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Columbia University Medical Center (in Medical Humanities and Ethics and the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society) and founding director of the major in Medical Humanities. Professor Goyal completed his residency in Emergency Medicine as Chief Resident while finishing his PhD in English and Comparative Literature. His research interests include the health humanities, the study of the novel, and medical epistemology. His writing has appeared in The Living Handbook of Narratology, Aktuel Forskning, Litteratur, Kultur og Medier, and The Los Angeles Review of Books, among other places. He is a Co-Founding Editor of the online journal Synapsis: A Health Humanities Journal and a recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities grant. He is currently working on Increasing Vaccine Confidence through a grant from Columbia World Projects.