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Shannon-Clark Lecture Presents A Reading by Physician and Poet Dr. Rafael Campo

— by on May 1st, 2009

The 27th Shannon-Clark Lecture in English presents A Reading by Dr. Rafael Campo, director of medical humanities at Harvard University, on Thursday, May 7, at 8 p.m. in Stackhouse Theater in Elrod Commons. A reception will follow the talk in the Living Room of Elrod Commons.

The reading is free and open to the public.

Dr. Campo, who teaches and practices general internal medicine at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, is the author of six books and collections, including The Other Man Was Me, which won the 1993 National Poetry Series Award; The Poetry of Healing: A Doctor’s Education in Empathy, Identity and Desire, a collection of essays available in paperback under the title The Desire to Heal; and his latest book of poems, The Enemy.

Campo’s poetry and prose have appeared in major anthologies and in periodicals including the Kenyon Review, the Los Angeles Times, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the New Republic and the Washington Post Book World.

His work has been featured on the National Endowment for the Arts Web site and the National Public Radio, and he is the recipient of the Annual Achievement Award from the National Hispanic Academy of Arts and Sciences. Campo also lectures widely and has served as a visiting writer at various universities and colleges including Hollins University in Roanoke, Va.

The Shannon-Clark Lectures in English, established by a gift from a Washington and Lee alumnus who wishes to remain anonymous, honor the memories of Edgar Finley Shannon, chairman of Washington and Lee’s Department of English from 1914 until his death in 1938, and Harriet Mabel Fishburn Clark, a grandmother of the donor and a woman vitally interested in liberal education.