The UCSD Medical Humanities Group

The UCSD Medical Humanities Group is supported by the UCSD Humanities Center and a private donor. Founded in 2012, the group brings together scholars in the humanities, UCSD physicians and medical students, and community health professionals and interested others. The group meets monthly to discuss classic literature dealing with medical themes, and contemporary fiction and non-fiction dealing with health and illness, death and dying, and related medical issues. In 2014-15, works of literature were paired with works of philosophical ethics on topics such as autonomy and justice. Some in the group now bring expanded knowledge of the humanities to their teaching in the School of Medicine, including offering an elective course on literature and medicine. Others bring a growing familiarity with medicine to the teaching of literature, philosophy, and the arts. The group's long-rage goal remains to establish a Medical Ethics and Humanities Program at UC San Diego and integrate ethics and humanities into undergraduate and graduate medical education.

Open to UCSD faculty, staff, graduate students, and other members of the UCSD community, its affiliates, and interested others.



5-7 pm 2nd Wednesday monthly from October 2017 - June 2018

(Note: Except for Feb 7 instead of Feb 14).  

UCSD School of Medicine - La Jolla Campus,
Medical Teaching Facility, Room 175.
Light dinner provided at no charge.
Please RSVP to


For more information or to subscribe to the group email-list, contact Rebecca Long or Joa Gass
Fall Quarter - Public Health and Personal Ethics
Oct. 11         Henrik Ibsen, An Enemy of the People (play)
Nov. 8         Thomas Mullen, The Last Town on Earth (novel)
Dec. 13        Margaret Talbot, “The Addicts Next Door” (New Yorker article, June 5, 2017)