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The Literature, Medicine, and Culture Colloquium (LMCC) at UNC is excited for the beginning of a new academic semester! Our first meeting for Fall 2023 will take place on Wednesday, September 27 at 5:45pm in UNC’s recently renovated HHIVE Lab, also known as Gaskin Library or Greenlaw 524.

Note: All of our meetings this semester will take place at 5:45pm on the last Wednesday of each month in the HHIVE Lab.

If you can’t attend in person, you can always attend via Zoom at our usual Zoom link: If you have trouble with the Zoom link, please email either of the Co-Directors.

For our September meeting, we’ll be discussing Encountering Pain: Hearing, Seeing, Speaking, edited by Deborah Padfield and Joanna M. Zakrzewska (UCL Press, 2021). Specifically, we’d like everyone to read the following:

  • “Foreword” by Rita Charon (pp. xxxv-xxxvi)
  • Chapter 1: “How to Listen for the Talk of Pain” by Rita Charon (pp. 33-45)
  • Optional but suggested reading: “Introduction II: What is Pain? A Neurobiological Perspective” by Maria Fitzgerald in conversation with Deborah Padfield (pp. 17-29)

All members of the UNC community can access the full text of the book online through the UNC Libraries. We’ve also posted .pdfs of the book’s front matter (including the TOC) as well as the readings listed above onto the “Readings” page of the LMCC website. If you run into trouble getting access to the text, please contact one of the Co-Directors. (See our email addresses on the Home page of this site).

If you have any questions, please contact us directly. Please also feel free to share this info with other graduate or professional students who might be interested! We look forward to meeting with you all for an exciting discussion of this work!


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