Mortality Mansions

General Programming

March 30, 2017 Thursday, 7:00pm EDT Barnard Hall, James Room (Room 418), Barnard College
  • Sparks and Wiry Cries
  • Program in Narrative Medicine
  • Barnard Center for Research on Women
  • Columbia School of the Arts
  • The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities
  • Registration required. See details.
  • Free and open to the public
  • First come, first seated


A collaboration of 2006 U.S. Poet Laureate Donald Hall and Grammy® Award-winning composer Herschel Garfein, Mortality Mansions reflects on the themes of love, sexuality and bereavement in old age from Hall’s poems and traces the adoption of Hall’s work into the curricula of medical schools across the country. The world premiere performance features tenor Michael Slattery and Dmitri Dover, acclaimed pianist for the Metropolitan opera Lindemann Young Artist program, joined by Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Richard Ford, National Book Award-winning poet Jean Valentine and Dr. Rita Charon, professor of Clinical Medicine and director of the Program in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University, who will read Hall’s poems. Hall will participate via remote video link from his farmhouse in New Hampshire.

  • Herschel Garfein Composer Steinhardt School of Music at New York University
  • Richard Ford Professor Columbia University School of the Arts
  • Rita Charon Director and Founder, Program in Narrative Medicine College of Physicians & Surgeons of Columbia University
  • Michael Slattery Tenor
  • Dimitri Dover Pianist
  • Jean Valentine Poet
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