Talks

Upcoming:LitmusLong

““That’s not what we do”: Health Humanities and the Creative Recovery of Literary Studies.” Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE) at the annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Ryerson University, Toronto. May 30, 2017.


Invited Lectures, Grand Rounds, & Public Scholarship:

[Keynote Speaker] “Writing Nursing, Nursing Writing: Why Creative Self-Care Should Be A Professional Priority.” Nursing Week, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto. May 8, 2017.

“Arts and the Future of Health: From Research to Activism.” Invited lecture for the Great Explorations at UTSC Speaker Series (organized by Office of the Vice-Principal Academic & Dean). April 3, 2017.

“Art, Literature, and the Poetics of Ageism.” Public lecture, Lifelong Learning Niagara’s Lecture Series, St. Catharines, ON. November 2, 2016. [Link]

[Keynote Speaker] “The Trouble With Stories: Graphic Medicine, Expertise, and the Scope of Health Humanities.” Symposium on “Literature and Medicine,” hosted by the Texas Institute for Literary & Textual Studies (TILTS), The University of Texas at Austin. September 23, 2016.

[Grand Rounds] “What is the Colour of the Mind? Investigating Aging Through the Arts & Humanities.” Department of Medicine, Medical Grand Rounds for Geriatric Medicine. Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto. August 3, 2016. [Link; it was a full house!]

[Grand Rounds] “Storytelling and Renewal in Pediatric Nursing: Empathy for You, for Us, and for Me.” Collaborative presentation for Knowledge Connection Grand Rounds, Holland-Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Toronto. March 9, 2016. [video]

“What is the colour of the mind? Investigating Aging Through the Arts and Humanities.” Invited lecture for the Critical Health Research Network Speaker Series (event co-hosted by Gilbrea Center for Aging). McMaster University,  February 10, 2016. [poster]

“Literature and Health: Interdisciplining the Humanities.” Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series, Graduate English Association, University of Toronto. November 26, 2015. [poster]

“Literature, Aging, and Ageism.” Public lecture, Toronto Public Library (Deer Park Branch), Toronto, Canada. May 28, 2015.

“Portraits of Selfhood in Older Age.” Symposium on Cognitive Impairment, Aging, and Dementia in Theory and Practice. Trent University,  May 6-8, 2015.

“Declining Animal: Rendering Older Age in the 19th-Century British Novel.” Ageing (With) Animals Symposium, Concordia University. April 4, 2015.

“My Body is Not a Democracy: Graphic Narratives and Women’s Health.” Women’s College Research Institute, Women’s College Hospital, Toronto. January 21, 2015.

[Grand Rounds] “Age, Ability, Narrative: Enacting Health Literacy Through Creative Expression.” Knowledge Connection Grand Rounds, Holland-Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Toronto. 2014.

“This Living Hand: Waste, Repair, and Nineteenth-century Technologies of Generation.” Center for the Humanities, Grinnell College, Iowa. 2013.

“Literature, Evidence, and the Criminalization of Sex.” Health Law, Ethics & Policy Seminar Series. Faculty of Law, University of Toronto. 2013.

“The Poetics of Ageism: A Public Lecture on a Public Problem.”  Obermann Afternoons Speaker Series. The Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, University of Iowa. 2013.

[Grand Rounds] “The Language of Aging: Why Cultural Literacy Should Matter to Health Professionals.” Geriatric Interdisciplinary Grand Rounds, Parkwood Hospital, London, Canada. 2013.

“Romanticism Against Youth.” Work in Nineteenth-Century Studies (WINCS) Research Group, University of Toronto, 2012.

“Rising Tide, Grey Tsunami: Charting the History of a Dangerous Metaphor.” Centre for Education Research & Innovation, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Western Ontario, 2012.

“Rising Tide, Grey Tsunami: Charting the History of a Dangerous Metaphor.” Canadian Geriatrics Society Podcast Series. Episode 3. Web. 2012. [Link to accompanying slides and podcast, or click on MP3 below].


“Reading Older People: Representations of Elder Care in Literature, Film, and Contemporary Media.” Panel on “Reflections on an Interdisciplinary Core Course.” Canadian Association on Gerontology (CAG) Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting. Winnipeg, 2009.

With Michael Massimi. “Memento Mori: Designing for Death in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI).” Annual Interdisciplinary Workshop for CIHR Health Care, Technologies and Place Strategic Research Training Program. Toronto, 2009.


Selected Conference Presentations:

“‘You get this humanity touching you:’ A Qualitative Study of Student Experience in Canada’s First Undergraduate Health Humanities Curriculum” (with undergraduate now medical student Marcela Costa). Annual Conference of the International Health Humanities Consortium, Houston, TX, USA. March 9-11, 2017.

“The Trouble With Stories: Expertise and the Ethics of Narrating Illness.” Creating Space Pre-Conference for Canadian Conference on Medical Education, Montreal. April 14.

“Can Students with Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) Premedical Education be Successful Medical Students?” (presented with Mark D. Hanson, MD). Canadian Conference on Medical Education, Montreal. April 19.

“Still Life: Aging, Masculinity, Genre.” Modern Language Association (MLA) Annual Convention, Austin TX USA. January 8, 2016.

“Work in Progress: Aging Beyond Autobiography in Contemporary Literature and Photography.” Aging and Age Studies: Foundations and Formations (North American Network of Aging Studies Annual Conference), Miami University. May 22, 2015.

“Beyond Public Health: Health Humanities and the Foundations of Civic Well-being.” The 4th Annual International Health Humanities Conference, University of Colorado-Denver. May 2, 2015.

“Imagining Brain Health Through the Arts and Humanities.” Rotman Research Institute Conference: 25 Years of Brain Aging. Metro Toronto Convention Centre. March 11, 2015.

“Curating Healthy Publics Through the Humanities.” The Public’s Health Conference. Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. March 5, 2015.

“Still Life: Textual Tableaux and the Enactment of Male Aging.” Playing Age Conference, University of Toronto. February 27, 2015.

“‘All that mighty heart is lying still’: G.H. Lewes and the Impossible Classification of Organic Life.” North American Victorian Studies Association, London, Canada. November 15, 2014.

“Repulsive: What Can Novels Teach Us About Elder Mistreatment?” Canadian Association of Gerontology Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting. Niagara Falls, Canada. October 18, 2014.

“Old Age is Wet; Or, Why Age Theorists Need the Negative Sublime.” What is Old Age? New Perspectives from the Humanities. University of Warwick (UK), 2013.

“Statistical Panic: Population Aging and 21st-Century Ageism.” Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Colloquium. Toronto, 2012.

“Old and Young: Eliot’s Intergenerational Networks.” North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA). University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2012.

“Rising Tide, Grey Tsunami: Charting the History of a Dangerous Metaphor.” Canadian Geriatrics Society Annual Scientific Meeting. Quebec City, 2012.

“Romanticism Against Youth.” International Conference on Romanticism. Montreal, 2011. [Awarded The Lore Metzger Prize for best graduate student paper]

“‘Let the reader think of the burden’: Old Age and the Crisis of Capacity.” Aging, Old Age, Memory, Aesthetics: An International and Interdisciplinary Conference. Toronto, 2011.

“‘So withered and shrunken a life’: Old Age and Metaphors of Diminution in Silas Marner.” NAVSA. Montreal, 2010.

“‘You heap of confusion!’: Disgust and Elder Abuse in Victorian Literature.” MLA Annual Convention. Philadelphia, 2009.

“Violence Toward the Elderly in the Nineteenth-Century Novel: A Curious Case of Knowledge Transfer.” The Annual Tri-City Geriatric Medicine Research Day. London, 2009. [Awarded Best Conference Presentation]

“State of the Ancient: Nature, History, and the Aesthetics of Senescence.” North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR). Toronto, 2008.

“Location, Location, Location: Cultural Technologies of Brain Mapping in 19th-century Phrenology and Modern Neuroimaging.” Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science Annual Conference. Vancouver, 2008.

“Cerebral Semiotics: Literature, Technology, and Sensing the Embodied Self.” Interface 2008: Culture & Technology Conference, Carleton University. Ottawa, 2008.

“On with the Show! Beauty, Sincerity, and the Neo-Burlesque.” The Louisville Annual Conference on Literature & Culture since 1900. Louisville, 2008.

“White coats meet grey power: Students and seniors respond to an ‘Intergenerational Gala’.” Canadian Geriatrics Society Annual Scientific Meeting. Banff, 2007.

“‘More to life than MacGyver and crocheting’: Medical students respond to an intergenerational event.” Canadian Geriatrics Society. Vancouver, 2006. [Awarded The Dr. Willard and Phoebe Thompson Award for best student presentation]


Selected Press, Interviews, and Other Media:

“New Health Humanities Minor at U of T Scarborough.” U of T News [Featured Interview]. March 23, 2017. [Link]

Interview with Vanessa Milne for her article, “From Battles to Journeys: Changing How We Talk about Cancer and Illness,” HealthyDebate.ca, November 3, 2016.   [Link]

“Andrea: Faces of Health Care.” HealthyDebate.ca [Featured Interview]. October 24, 2016. [Link]

Charise, Andrea. “Arts, Media, and Mental Health: Theme Advisor’s Statement.” Minds Matter Magazine 2.1 (2016) p. 4-5. [Link]

“Rewriting the story of aging.” U of T News [Featured Interview]. February 29, 2016. [Link]

Why Scrooge ‘Profits’ in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. U of T News [Featured Interview]. December 22, 2015; re-published in December 2016. [Link]

“Snapshot: Dr Andrea Charise.”  The Arts Health Network of Canada [Featured Interview]. June 18, 2015. [Link]

Interview with Wei Fan, CBC Radio Ontario Morning, November 19, 2014. Radio.

Interview with Matt Galloway, CBC Radio Metro Morning, November 18, 2014. Radio. Listen here:


Interview with Anne Kingston for her article, “Why It’s Time to Face Up to Old Age,” Maclean’s Magazine, October 20, 2014. [Link]

“Andrea Charise: On the Health Humanities Frontier,” The Obermann Center for Advanced Studies [Featured News], University of Iowa. February 24, 2014. [Link]

Response to Margaret Wente’s “The War Against the Young” [Letter to the Editor]. Globe and Mail, February 3, 2012. [Link]

Interview with Nicole Baute for her article, “How to Live Longer: Youth in a Bottle Getting Closer,” The Toronto Star, February 27, 2010. [Link]