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Join us for a discussion of The Most Costly Journey

Date: 
Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Dana Medical Library and the Larner College of Medicine chapter of the Latino Medical Student Association will be hosting a discussion about The Most Costly Journey: Stories of Migrant Farmworkers in Vermont Drawn by New England Cartoonists.

About The Most Costly Journey

This non-fiction comics anthology presents stories of survival and healing told by Latin American migrant farmworkers in Vermont, and drawn by New England cartoonists as part of the El Viaje Más Caro project–a health care outreach effort aimed at addressing the overlooked mental health needs of these vulnerable immigrants. Originally distributed to farm workers as individual Spanish language comic books, this collected edition brings the lives and voices–as well as the challenges and hardships–of these workers to an English-language audience, granting insight into the experiences and lives of the people vital to producing the food we eat.

Featuring a foreword by Julia Alvarez (Afterlife), introduction by Stephen R. Bissette (Swamp Thing) and preface by project founder, nurse Julia Doucet, these inspiring stories grapple with issues encountered by migrant workers everywhere–isolation, separation, depression, substance abuse–even as they celebrate resilience, family, community, and the ability of each storyteller to direct their own healing narrative. The Most Costly Journey is a gripping work that draws together non-fiction cartooning, graphic medicine and anthropology, channeling the skills of health care practitioners, artists and ethnographers into helping alleviate the pain of others.

Discussion Dates

  • Wednesday, November 10 from noon-1pm
  • Dana Medical Library Classroom

Who Can Attend?

  • Any UVM community member (student, faculty or staff) or UVMMC clinician or resident.

Sign Up

If you are interested in participating, please RSVP. If you would like to borrow a print copy of the book, contact Alice Stokes to make arrangements. If you would like to purchase your own copy, see purchasing options. Most of the comics are also available in English at https://opendoormidd.org/most-costly-journey/ (scroll down).