Arts & Humanities in Health & Medicine


Upcoming Events

Brush with Dr. Steven Aung: Interactive Calligraphy Workshop

A fundraiser in support of the Arts & Humanities in Health & Medicine (AHHM) Program

Saturday, March 3, 2018
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
ECHA 1-190
Edmonton Clinic Health Academy Building
University of Alberta, Edmonton
$100 General Admission
$50 Students
Learn about art and healing
Enjoy a relaxing and informative morning with Dr. Steven Aung, world renowned acupuncturist, teacher, and calligraphy artist. His unique approach to the integration of  Western, Traditional Chinese and complementary medicine, combined with the remarkable compassion he brings to all that he does, has made him a highly respected physician, and internationally sought after speaker and workshop leader.
Workshop details
Dr. Aung will begin with a brief overview of the Traditional Chinese calligraphy materials, including brushes, ink, ink stones, seals and rice paper. He will then provide instructions and exercises covering basic skills including mixing of ink, brush strokes and sealing the artwork. Dr. Aung will guide participants in reflecting on their inner consciousness as their feelings flow from the brush onto the paper. 
Participants will take home the calligraphy pieces they have created, as well as the calligraphy supplies (included in the cost of registration), for ongoing calligraphy practice.
For more information, contact: Samia Sarwar 



Past Events

What is Healing? A Reading/Writing/Reflection Group
November 6, December 4, January 16, April 9
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm 

What? This is a chance to read, write and discuss literature addressing the theme of "healing".
Who? Interested university and clinical faculty members, instructors, and graduate students, as well as medical students, health sciences students and medical residents. 

See event poster for details. 


School of Witchcraft and Wizardry - Saturday, October 26, 2013

10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Katz Group Building Atrium   

Let's Talk Science will be holding our second ever "Harry Potter's World: Science, Magic, and Medicine" (renamed to "School of Witchcraft and Wizardry"). This is a one day event that will run from 10AM to 4PM in the Katz Group Building Atrium on the University of Alberta campus (where it was last time!). Aspiring wizards are welcome to register for the morning or afternoon classes!

Our volunteers have prepared a magical slate of courses by infusing science with fantasy. From the chemistry of glowing to some old-fashioned alchemy, we have even invited two of Edmonton's best chemistry presenters to add some magic of their own to the day. We would like to invite you to come out with your families and take in the day.

To help with the cost of running the event, this year we have implemented an entry fee of $2 per person. .... We also welcome additional donations at the door! We are running this completely as a volunteer event so please help us meet our costs! Thanks to all for your support!!

Please register at our website: (this will help us plan for the day; those who register will be given entry preference over drop-ins should we reach capacity at different points of the day.

Hear's to Your Health Concert
Friday, November 1, 2013, 5:00 pm, Foyer to Bernard Snell Auditorium, Walter Mackenzie Health Sciences Centre

Please join us for the first Hear's to Your Health Concert this year!
Trio Voce
Patricia Tao, Piano
Jasmine Lin, Violin
Marina Hoover, Cello

Program: Mozart Trio in B-flat major, K. 502
Ravel Trio

Admission free and open to the public. 

"Corporations in our Heads" with David Diamond, Theatre for Living 
Tuesday, November 5, 2013, 7:00 pm, Arts-Based Research Studio, 4-104 Education North

The messages from corporations tell us hundreds of times a day, in ways we may not notice anymore, how to relate to each other and to ourselves; what to buy, how to feel, how to perceive and the kind of person to aspire to be. Can we use the theatre to become aware of these messages, and to change our relationship to them, to live healthier and more sustainable lives with each other, ourselves, and with the planet?

We are touring a process in which the whole evening of theatre emerges from the audience. On stage participation in optional. Although the topic is serious, the evening should be a great deal of fun!

Obtain tickets @ $10 per person at 

Corporations in our Heads Poster 

Talking About TEDtalks - 12:30 - 1:30 pm, Edmonton Clinic Health Academy (ECHA)
November 28, 2013 (Room 1-490) 

Do you want to 

  • Get excited about creativity?
  • Meet new people?
  • Share some great ideas?
  • Do something nice for yourself?

Then Talking About TEDtalks is for you! It's super easy and will only take an hour. 
What will happen at Talking About TEDtalks? We will get together to see great classic TEDtalks about creativity and then talk about them - that's it, no pressure, no test! Bring your lunch and sit back for the video. 
Who is 'Us'? We met at Insight 2: Engaging the Health Humanities and wanted to keep the creative exchange of ideas growing. More info about us at:
Who can come? Anyone - students, faculty, support staff, your mom, the plumber - everyone is welcome as long as they pre-register. 
Which TEDtalks? When? Where?
Berne Brown, "The Power of Vulnerability" Wednesday, October 30, 2013 12:30 - 1:30 pm in ECHA Room 2-140
Carl Honore, "In Praise of Slowness" Thursday, November 28, 2013 12:30 - 1:30 pm in ECHA Room 1-490
The event is free but you must advance register at: