Samantha Barrick

BA, New School for Social Research. MS, Columbia University. Director of Humanities in Medicine, Sophie Davis Program in Biomedical Education/CUNY School of Medicine, New York, NY, 2014-present. Research interests include development of validated instruments to capture empathy, professionalism, and burnout. Recent publications: "Infinity and the Construction of Safe Space," In Queering Sexual Violence: Radical Voices From Within the Anti-Sexual Violence Movement, ed. Jennifer Patterson (Magnus Books, 2014), "Bats" and "20 pinks of the body," poems (The Ledge Magazine, spring 2011); "On the Road," cover article and five poems (Philadelphia City Paper, 2006); “GRIT and tender membrane,” a full-length manuscript of poetry and memoir (Plan B Press, 2006); “Jelly,”  a chapbook of poems with accompanying artwork of Theodore Harris and Beandrea Davis (TigerMonkey Alliance, Inc., 2005). SLC, 2017–

Graduate Courses

Health Advocacy 2017-2018

Illness and Disability Narratives

Graduate Seminar—Fall

The experience of illness and disability is both intimately personal and reflective of larger social, political, and cultural realities. In order to effectively work in direct patient care or in broader scholarly or organizational arenas, a health advocate must be able to interpret and understand personal, communal, and institutional narratives. This course will introduce students to written and visual narratives of illness and disability, narrative and cultural theory, as well as media studies. Students will write their own illness or disability narratives during the course session, exploring issues such as selfhood, perspective, memory, family, and caregiving. Finally, students will elicit, transcribe, and interpret the oral narrative of an individual with a chronic illness or disability.