In spring 2019, we brought MK Cerwiec (aka the Comic Nurse) to campus as part of our Health & Inequality Constellation.
MK Czerwiec, RN, MA is a nurse, cartoonist, educator, and co-founder of the field of Graphic Medicine. She was is an artist in residence at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, and served as a Senior Fellow of the George Washington School of Nursing Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement and as an Applied Cartooning Fellow of the Center for Cartoon Studies.
We provided each student in Health & Inequality Constellation with MK’s graphic novel, Taking Turns: Stories from HIV/AIDS Care Unit 371.
We also brought MK to campus to give a guest lecture in the class, a public talk and hosted a graphic medicine workshop.
Hands-On Graphic Medicine Workshop
Constellations hosted a graphic medicine workshop led by MK Czerwiec on February 26, 2020. Participants examined the role of illustration in their professional and personal explorations of health, illness, disability, and caregiving. MK led us in drawing exercises and small group discussions that considered the methods of graphic medicine in educational and care provision environments.
Guest Lecture & Public Talk
As part of her visit, MK Czerwiec also gave a guest lecture in Communication Arts 317: Rhetoric and Health, and a public talk on Graphic Medicine on February 27th at Cooper Hall.