Health Humanities

Headline News

In this time of COVID-19, we in Health Humanities hope you are all well, maintaining physical distance and able to care for patients, family, friends - and yourselves.

Some of our formal activities have moved to virtual platforms as described.

Visual Art Competition 2020 winners chosen

See their names and works here


Wednesday January 13, 6:30 - 7:30 pm MST

Jane Chamberlin. Playing the Empathy Game

New Book Club focused on Palliative Care

Dedicated to books that make us reflect deeply on the human condition.

Our goal is to create a safe, open space for everyone to reconnect with the patient perspective, as well as to reflect on our own thoughts and feelings.

Welcome learners and practitioners from departments of:

  • Healthcare
  • Arts, Literature and Humanities

Inaugural meeting to be held soon.  More details here.

Calgary Health Humanities Symposium

We have postponed this year's symposium, our 6th, until the autumn of 2021. 

As that time nears, we will be able to design its format to fit with the anticipated needs for physical distancing and the evolving technologic communications options.

Please join our community

Benefits of becoming a member include:

  • Being on our mailing list which allows alerts of current activities such as relevant
  • Opportunities for teaching and professional development
  • Promoting your own interests in the intersection of the arts, humanities and health.
  • Discovering colleagues with shared interests and nurturing relationships.

Contact us

Tom Rosenal   Director, Arts & Humanities in Healthcare & Medicine


Tinu Ruparell  Co-chair, Health Humanities Committee

Our Vision

The Calgary Community of Practice in Health Humanities is committed to advancing an interdisciplinary, reciprocal collaboration between health and humanities disciplines to promote a deeper understanding of the human condition to best support humane care.

 Medicine must become more humane, more infused with the spirit of liberal studies, and more willing to address itself to the metaphysical dichotomy between the arts and the sciences.   Edmund D. Pellegrino