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Making Sense

Beauty, Creativity, and Healing

Edited By Bandy Lee, Nancy Olson and Thomas Duffy

Regardless of field, from the art world to healthcare delivery, there is a growing need for practically useful theory and theoretically informed practice. The time is ripe for a collaborative, creative conversation among thinkers and doers who are concerned about the larger world and our role in it. Making Sense: Beauty, Creativity, and Healing is a collection of essays and creative expressions written and produced in relation to a colloquium that tried to address these matters at the Whitney Humanities Center of Yale University. Beginning with a powerful essay on the individually and globally therapeutic qualities of art and beauty by Elaine Scarry of Harvard University, this volume brings together a diversity of theoretically minded scholars, scientists, artists, and healers. In the form of critical and reflective essays, alongside images, poetry, and fiction, this book allows the reader to experience the bursts of ideas and sensory triggers that respond to and extend the artistic installations and performances of the colloquium – and welcomes the reader into the conversation.
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Bandy Lee (M.D.; M.Div.) is a violence studies specialist and painter. She currently teaches students representing prisoners and asylum seekers through Yale Law School as a faculty member of the School of Medicine. As a painter, her activities have spanned from co-founding the DDB Gallery in New York City, to exhibiting her own work in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East.

Nancy Olson (M.D.) is Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Coordinator of the Muriel Gardiner Program for Psychoanalysis and the Humanities at Yale University, and a graduate of the Western New England Institute for Psychoanalysis. Before obtaining her medical degree, she studied art history at Wellesley and Yale.

Thomas P. Duffy (M.D.) is Professor of Medicine/Hematology and Director of the Medical Humanities and the Arts Program at Yale University School of Medicine. He is a Fellow at the Whitney Humanities Center and is an Ethicist Scholar in the Yale Interdisciplinary Bioethics Center. The Humanities Program fosters the intersection of the arts and humanities with a yearlong lecture series, theatrical productions, exhibitions, literature and writing seminars, a Medical Symphony, in addition to art classes.

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