The Health Humanities Lab, run by the Franklin Humanities Institute, is an initiative that bridges the humanities, Duke Health, and the Duke Global Health Institute.
The FHI Health Humanities Lab takes an inventive interdisciplinary approach to understanding the health of populations locally and worldwide through work grounded in histories, literatures, languages, cultures, arts, media, and critical theory. The lab structure is intrinsically vertically-integrated, involving undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and community in interest-driven research projects. We are also interested in thinking about the “whole person” in Campus and Health contexts: the dynamic continuum along which the identities of learners, educators, patients, and health care providers, are not mutually exclusive. As Provost Kornbluth has commented, “Beyond helping to train compassionate and humanistic health care providers and providing new therapeutic interventions, the health humanities can offer us novel, interdisciplinary ways of thinking about health and what it truly means to be ‘well.’”