Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 4:00pm
Maginnes Hall, Room 102
Department of English and Health, Medicine and Society
You Like Horror Stories and You Want to be a Doctor: Zombies, Horror and General Narratives as Remedies for the Malaise of Modern Medical Education
This lecture will begin with a discussion of the utility of the zombie trope in medical education, move from there to the importance of stories in medical education and practice, and end with a discussion of the special role that horror stories can helpfully and perhaps paradoxically play in the development of caring physicians. Unless the real zombies show up, that is. If that happens, we’ll spend our time together figuring out where the best bunkers on campus are located.
Dr. Steven Scholzman is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He has done academic, creative, and public engagement work on zombies. He is the author of the popular novel The Zombie Autopsies, which has been optioned for film adaptation by George Romero. He teaches a freshman seminar at Harvard University that focuses on horror and thrillers in literature and film.
Health, Medicine and Society