With the participation of faculty across the college, the inaugural Public Humanistic Inquiry Lab (PHIL) at Colby critically explores the relationship between medicine and race. While the medical professions have recognized that racial and health inequities are closely linked, the humanities and social sciences point to structural racism’s impact on health outcomes across time and place and offer new ways of thinking about medicine in racialized societies. In 2021-24, the PHIL aims to stimulate campus-wide interest in critical medical humanities, which relies on interdisciplinary analytical tools to interrogate the power structures that have defined medical practices and to reveal the socially constructed, intersectional, and embodied experiences of health and illness. It creates opportunities for Colby faculty to publicly lead in this field and supports their efforts to promote both scientific advancement and racial justice through their research and teaching. By engaging students in faculty-led research, the PHIL also hopes to prepare the broader Colby community to think critically about race in health experiences and professions.

This site includes information about the PHIL’s participants, activities, and collaborations. It also shares news about international research on medicine and race from a humanistic perspective and relevant resources and support in the field of medical humanities.

You can read more about the PHIL’s origins and its fall 2021 launch in the Colby Magazine.

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