OBLIQUITY (and narrative medicine) is not a cure-all. We do not promise to be the snake oil to tragedy and burnout. We do promise to offer tools that are useful, applicable, and maybe even stylish. We will be what the Batmobile is to Batman: cool, innovative, and ready to traverse your metaphorical Gotham."
- Manisha Bharadia, Founder of OBLIQUITY
OBLIQUITY was created at the University of Alberta in 2019 with a vision to dissolve the partition between the arts and the sciences while offering participants tools to cope with difficult situations they may endure. For individuals working in the healthcare field, the ability to process intense emotion and difficult situations is an essential skill yet tools to accomplish this feat can at times feel intangible. OBLIQUITY was created to respond to this impasse. We believe that the arts and sciences are two sides of the same coin - one entity with two unique characters. Kahlil Gibran captures this concept of duality best in his poem Of Joy and Sorrow: "Some of you say, 'Joy is greater than sorrow.' and others say, 'Nay, sorrow is the greater.' But I say unto you, they are inseparable. Together they come, and when one sits alone with you at your board, remember the other is asleep upon your bed."
OBLIQUITY is not strictly for health professionals, though the intersections between the humanities and medicine remain prominent themes in our workshops. We strive to represent a variety of perspectives and peoples in our workshops by carefully and thoughtfully selecting each of our speakers. Please contact us if you are interested in collaborating!