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The Literature, Medicine, and Culture Colloquium (LMCC) at UNC actually predates both the Literature, Medicine, and Culture MA program as well as the Health Humanities Lab (HHIVE Lab) at UNC. The LMCC was founded in 2012 by Professor Jane Thrailkill, with support from Professor Beverly Taylor who was then the current Chair of the Department of English and Comparative Literature at UNC-Chapel Hill.

It was originally founded as a faculty and graduate student working group. Anneke Schwob and Doreen Theirauf were both involved in its founding as well.

Kym Weed took over as Co-Director with Jennifer Edwell from 2014 – 2016. During that time, the group would conduct journal reviews (i.e., everyone would read an article from a recent issue of a journal and then discuss), book reviews, reading group work, writing workshops (on conference papers, articles, dissertation chapters, etc.), and pedagogy workshops (such as reviewing each other’s syllabi).



2012: Founded by Professor Jane Thrailkill

2014 – 2016: Kym Weed and Jennifer Edwell

2016 – 2017: Calvin Olsen

2017 – 2018: Calvin Olsen and Nick Allen

Spring 2020 – Spring 2023: Rachel Warner and Paul Blom

Fall 2023 – current: Paul Blom and Mindy Buchanan-King



Although our work is aimed primarily at current graduate and professional students, we welcome all members of the UNC community as well as like-minded scholars from other academic communities! Please feel free to join our meetings in person and/or via Zoom. For more information, to join a meeting, or to join our email list, please just email one of our current Directors. Their contact info can be found on the Home page of this site!