UnSilencing Anatomies was a two-month long, city-wide engagement project (Oct/Nov 2016) designed by Kore Press (inspired by Monica Ong's Silent Anatomies), and developed with her collaborators, including the University of Arizona, Tucson Chinese Cultural Center, La Pilita and 23 other cultural, health and justice centers, designed to promote critical thinking about the medical humanities and related questions of access/justice and racial/gender inequity. The series asked how art and story-telling can disrupt cultural invisibility and impact health disparities and public safety.

“I wish I could tenderly lift from the dark side of history, voices that are anonymous,

slighted, inarticulate.”—Susan Howe

The Events & Provocations

Sat, Oct 1, 5:30-7pm
Kick-off reception and Meet-N-Greet with visiting poet Monica Ong. Food, drink, music, and first call for

body-based stories. , Sosa-Carrillo House

Mon, Oct 3, 5:30pm
Art Opening Reception, Monica Ong and Dr. Howard Eng will be at the Tucson Chinese Cultural Center,

which is hosting artwork from Silent Anatomies, October 1–November 30.

Wed, Oct 5, 6pm
Talk: Poetry & Public Health by Monica Ong,
& Scholar's Panel: Bodies, Silences, & Medicine, with UA scholars Ken McAllister, Monica Casper, Deanna
Lewis, Ron Grant, and TC Tolbert
UA College of Pharmacy, Drachman Hall, B-111

Fri, Oct 7, 12:30pm
Monica Ong Reading & taste memory story gathering with Kore Press (11-1pm). Gastronomy Exhibit

with Mission Gardens & Edible Baja. Tucson Meet Yourself, downtown Tucson

Fri Oct 7, 4pm
Multi-Media Artist Talk / Exhibit viewing,
"New Literacies of the Body" by Monica Ong.
UA Poetry Center

Fri Oct 7, 5:30pm
Performance on Streetcar with
TC Tolbert, Kristen Nelson and UnSilencing readers,
Bio 5 terminus (near UA Poetry Center) to La Pilita Cultural Center

Fri Oct 7, 6pm
UnSilencing Group Reading and Performance curated by TC Tolbert and Kristen Nelson, with Monica Ong and others.
La Pilita Cultural Center

Fri Oct 21, 6-8pm
Screening of Public Health Digital Stories, co-created by Creative Narrations with underserved Tucson communities.

Curated from over 10 years of story-making Refreshments served. YWCA.

Tues Nov 15, 6-8pm
Reading & interactive conversation: “UnSilencing the Sexual Body” with Katherine Standefer, SAWS/EXO

How have our bodies been silenced--in medical offices, in our private lives, and on the page? And what might it look like to embrace ourselves and our sexualities wholeheartedly? Join writer, sexologist, and Narrative Medicine professor Kati Standefer for a short reading and interactive conversation about the ways we silence each other and her work training medical students to respond to the stories patients tell about their bodies.

Oct 1-30,
Exhibits of Pharmapoetic art by Monica Ong, from Silent Anatomies,
UA Poetry Center

Oct 1-Nov 30,
Exhibits of Pharmapoetic art by Monica Ong, from Silent Anatomies
Tucson Chinese Cultural Center

Geomap http://arcg.is/2bDZIMS

UnSilence Your Body: Access the geomap to navigate your UnSilencing journey from Banner University Medical Center to El Rio Community Health on the streetcar, and beyond, to interact with 8 different posters at designated NERVE CENTERS (20+ sites of significant cultural, social justice, or minority health work) around town and share your body story + photo with Digital Milagros, community health stories. Oct 1-Nov 30

Participating "Nerve Centers":
UA College of Public Health, UA Poetry Center, UA Women’s Resource Center, The Dean’s Office at the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, UA Africana Studies, UA Gender and Women’s Studies, Adalberto & Ana Guerrero Student Center, Common Ground Alliance, UA Institute for LGBT Studies, UA LGBTQ Resource Center, Antigone Books, La Pilita Cultural Center, Sosa-Carrillo-Frémont House, Mariposas Sin Fronteras, Dequenesh, Tucson Chinese Cultural Center, BorderLinks, Barbea Williams Dance Theater, Pima County Public Library, Jewish History Musuem & Holocaust Center, Native American Research and Training Center, UA Medical School Library

AZ Humanities, Poets&Writers, UA Health Sciences Library, UA College of Humanities, UA Medical School, UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Tucson Chinese Cultural Center, UA Honors College.

Thank you for your generous labor and space support:
UA Libraries, UA GWS, YWCA, SAWS/EXO, UA iSpace, UA College of Pharmacy, UA Poetry Center, Pima County Public Library, AZ History Museum/Sosa-Carrillo House, The Loft Cinema. KXCI, Kathys Posters

The UnSilencing collaborators!
(advising scholars, artists, librarians, educators, and helpers):
Deanna Lewis, Monica Casper, Adela Licona, Victor Braitberg, Ken McAllister, Jennifer Nichols, Debra Gregerman, Jim Glock, TC Tolbert, Kristen Nelson, Kati Standefer, Annabelle Nunez, Amy Hickman, Ron Grant, Amy Rusk, Harmony Hazard, Jussara Esprit, Serena Tang, Monica Ong and the Yale Digital Humanities Lab.

As demonstrated all too vividly by the recent election, bodies are political. We are going to need your work as unsilencers in the weeks and years to come.


Thanks to our partners, sponsors and funders!

link to the video of the Oct 5 panel at Drachman Hall, University of Arizona College of Pharmacy

To take the online tour of our 26 "Nerve Centers" around town (sites of social justice, minority health, or significant cultural work) or respond to a prompt with a story for Digital Milagros, our crowdsourced collection of community body stories, go to our online

StoryMap here: http://arcg.is/2bDZIMS








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