Cross-Pollinations: Canadian Health Humanities Virtual Rounds Series

The Canadian Association for Health Humanities and the League of Canadian Poets are partnering to deliver a series of monthly rounds focused on health, arts and humanities. These live sessions will feature both artists and professionals in the Health Humanities field for a multi-faceted conversation about topics related to healthcare, art, healing, and humanities.

In this ground-breaking new series, health humanities and poetry come together under the same scope, combining artistic expression with health practice and research. The conversations of Cross-Pollinations will illuminate new and emerging insights and perspectives on healthcare opportunities and challenges, healthcare approaches and advances, as well as build bridges of connection between health professionals, humanities and the arts.

This series is ideal for people in arts communities, poets and writers, as well as those working in healthcare.

Upcoming Events

Stay tuned to this page for updates on upcoming events in this series. Mark your calendars for the dates below!

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Upcoming Dates for Cross-Pollinations:

May 26th, 2021
June 30th, 2021
July 28th, 2021
August 25th, 2021
September 29th, 2021
October 27th, 2021
November 24th, 2021
December 29th, 2021
January 26th, 2022
February 23, 2022
March 30th, 2022
April 27th, 2022
May 25th, 2022
June 29th, 2022
July 27th, 2022


Past Events

April 28, 2021 – Party Like It’s 1699: The Political Economy of Medical Education in an Era of “Societal Needs”: Canadian medical education currently finds itself governed by competency-based frameworks based around societal needs. But whose “societal needs” are at the heart of these frameworks? Using an approach of critical discourse analysis, this talk examined the Professional Role of CanMEDS, the discursive construction of “societal needs”, and consider what effects this elaboration may have for the learners, the medical education field, and society writ large. After an informative presentation by Brett Schrewe, Kate Marshall Flaherty performed a spontaneous poem, and shared some of her own work and perspective on health, healing and recovery. View the recording here.

March 3, 2021: Jen Sebring and Lauren turner explored the emerging scholarship of “sickness” as a critical methodology, and how it might be useful in humanizing medical care for those living with chronic illness or disability. Rooted in feminist theory and disability studies, sickness as a methodology considers not only the embodied, felt experience of living with illness, but also the politics of navigating healthcare as a body that biomedicine cannot “fix.”. View the recording here

January 27, 2021: Launch event Featuring poets Charlie C Petch, Ron Charach, Samantha Jones and Rajinderpal S. Pal. This event was poetry-packed and an excellent celebration of this new series and collaboration.


This Series is sponsored by the League of Canadian Poets, the Canadian Association for Health Humanities and the Health Arts Research Centre.