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4 Female South Asian Writers, Activists, and Thought Leaders to [Re]Discover in 2015... Arundhati Roy, Sayantani DasGupta, Chtra Banerjee Divakaruni and Ania Loomba

Many look up to the work and talents of the global celebrity populace, but the unsung heroes of our communities are the activists, writers and thought leaders...
By Vaidehi Mujumdar

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Featured in Oprah Magazine

How Storytelling is Changing The Way Doctors Treat Illness
By Abigail Rasminsky

Sayantani Dasgupta, MD, who teaches narrative medicine at Columbia University, says the key to sharing your health history is thinking of it as a story ...

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"The Family of Women" (Abbeville Press)

Sayantani, her mother and grandmother were featured in the 1999 book by photographer Carolyn Jones

 

 


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Ms. Magazine Cover

Sayantani appeared with her mother on the November/December 1992 cover of Ms.Magazine, for an article"Hottest New Teams: Feminist Mothers and Daughters."

 




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I teach at both the Graduate Program in Health Advocacy at Sarah Lawrence College and the M.S. program in Narrative Medicine at Columbia. I teach courses in illness narratives, and narrative, health and social justice. Learn more about these graduate programs at www.narrativemedicine.org/programs/master.html and www.slc.edu/health-advocacy

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"My husband brings his work home. Had he been a butcher, it might have been a prime cut of steak; a mason, a block of limestone. The newspaper reporter brings home fingers covered in ink, and the fishmonger, the smell of the sea. But my husband is an oncologist, so he brings home the dead and dying."

The Doctor's Wife by Sayantani DasGupta
Hastings Center Report, Project Muse (2207)
Read this essay

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Stories of Illness and Healing "Stories of Illness and Healing" is the first collection to place the voices of women experiencing illness alongside analytical writing from prominent scholars in the field of narrative medicine. The collection includes a variety of women's illness narratives - poetry, essays, short fiction, short drama, analyses, and transcribed oral testimonies - as well as traditional analytic essays about themes and issues raised by the narratives.

Awards
Silver Medalist, Womens Issues Category, Independent Press Awards
Finalist, Womens Issues Category, ForeWORD Magazine Awards

Learn more about this book

Find it at Amazon.com

Click to see other books written by me.
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- STORIES FOR JUSTICE
Leyla Vural reflects on Sayantani DasGupta's workshop on narrative humility and medical listening in oral history. This talk took place on Thursday, October 16, 2014.

Sayantani DasGupta is a medical doctor, professor of narrative medicine and health advocacy, and writer who says of herself that her "interests, teaching, and scholarly work are at the intersection of social justice, stories, and embodiment, or health more broadly."...

IN THE MARGINS
Steven Puente reflects on Sayantani DasGupta's workshop on narrative humility and medical listening in oral history. This talk took place on Thursday, October 16, 2014.

On October 16th 2014, Sayantani DasGupta, a professor of Narrative Medicine, discussed her experience with Oral History and her thoughts concerning its place in the field of Narrative Humanities. Over the years OHMA students have taken electives courses in the Narrative Medicine program and many sing Prof. DasGupta's praise. ...

 

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Peace and Conflict at Columbia (WKCR) with Sayantani DasGupta - May 2015

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Click to Watch Sayantani's recent TEDxSLC talk: "Narrative Humility: Listening as Social Justice"

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Click to Watch Huffington post live segment "I'm not sorry for my sari: The dilemma of ethnic clothes in the workplace"

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Click to Watch 140 character's conference talk: "From Losing the Weight to Losing the Hate: A Pediatrician's Take on Toxic Body Culture"

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Click to Watch "Stories are Good Medicine" talk from BIF-6

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Click to Watch "Our Bodies, Our Stories" - 2013 Murphy Guest Lecture at Hendrix College

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Click to Watch Sayantani's talk in Endangered Species, New York

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Click to Watch Sayantani's talk in Columbia's 2014-2015 Oral History, Medicine and Health Workshop series.

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