TCMC to host Paul Holdengraber in conversation 
with poet Rafael Campo, MD, on The Arts of Healing

Oct 10, 2014

“The Arts of Healing” will be presented through a conversation with New York Public Library’s Paul Holdengraber and poet and author Rafael Campo, M.D., at The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC) on Thursday, Oct. 23. The event, which is a collaborative program of The University of Scranton’s Schemel Forum and TCMC, will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in TCMC’s auditorium, 525 Pine Street, Scranton.

A book signing and reception will take place immediately following the discussion. Copies of Dr. Campo’s most recent book, “Alternative Medicine,” will be available for sale at the event.

The community is also invited to hear Dr. Campo read some of his poetry at 4 p.m. in room 2001 at TCMC.

Holdengraber, director of public programs at the New York Public Library, founded and directs the library’s event series “LIVE from the NYPL.” He has curated more than 150 programs and was awarded the Chevalier des Arts et Lettres. He has previously participated in Schemel Forum collaborative programs, including last year’s “Speaking of Broadway: A conversation between Douglas Carter Beane and Paul Holdengraber.”

Dr. Campo, a practicing physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, is the author of “The Healing Arts: Medicine and Poetry in Concert.” His interests include employing literature and other humanities in medical treatment and education.

“Paul Holdengraber in Conversation with M.D. and Poet Rafael Campo on ‘The Arts of Healing’” is presented free of charge, however reservations are requested. To make a reservation, contact Emily Brees, Schemel Forum assistant, at 570-941-6206 or by email at

For additional information about Schemel Forum programs and memberships, visit, or contact Sondra Myers at (570) 941-4089 or by email at


The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC) is one of the nation’s newest fully accredited medical colleges. TCMC offers a community-based model of medical education with campuses in Scranton, Wilkes-Barre and Williamsport. TCMC offers a Doctor of Medicine (MD), Master of Biomedical Sciences (MBS), and MD/Master of Public Health (MPH) dual degree. The College’s innovative curriculum, focused on caring for people in the context of their lives and their community, attracts the next generation of physicians and scientists from within its 16-county region in northeast and north central Pennsylvania as well as from across the state and the nation.

 The Commonwealth Medical College is committed to non-discrimination in all employment and educational opportunities.

 The Schemel Forum at The University of Scranton is a program of participatory learning experiences aimed at cultivating the intellect and the imagination through study and discussion of classical texts and current policies, from the arts, history and philosophy to technology and theology. Founded in 2006 through generous gifts to the Rev. George Schemel, S.J., Fund, the forum has grown quickly from a handful of informal lectures to a comprehensive enrichment program of study, dialogue, performances and special events. Session fees vary by program.




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