Events and Programs: Collaborative Projects

Medical Humanities: Health, Healing and Well-Being

At UCI, we are uniquely poised to make distinctive contributions to the emergent field of medical humanities, along with spiritual care and medical ethics, by bringing together faculty and clinicians in the School of Medicine, School of Humanities and School of Art. The Medical Humanities Initiative’s purpose is to address complex social challenges posed by advances in biomedicine and medical research, so that medicine remains a person centered, human enterprise at the service of the sick and vulnerable patient.  The initiative encompasses curricular development, research support and public programs. 
Co-Directors: Doug Haynes, PhD (History); Aaron Kheriaty, MD (Psychiatry), and Johanna Shapiro, PhD (Family Medicine)
The Medical Humanities Initiative’s research and public programs are coordinated through the Humanities Commons.

Salton Sea Initiative

In collaboration with UCI’s ongoing, multidisciplinary Salton Sea Initiative and with local partners at the Borrego Art Institute, Borrego Modern, Anza-Borrego State Park, and the Borrego Springs Chamber of Commerce, the Humanities Commons is developing an exhibition on the Borrego Springs Desert Club, the William Kesling-designed structure currently serving as UCI’s Steele-Burnand Desert Research Center. This exhibition will trace the development of Borrego Springs in relationship to nationally scaled histories of architecture, land use, and leisure.  Learn more about the UCI Salton Sea Initiative here.