May 2023

Saturday, May 27th, 10:00 am
Slow Medicine: Time and the Craft of Healing
Dr Sweet will be giving a keynote address for the Canadian Society of Physician Leaders. Details forthcoming.
Vancouver, Canada

Past Events by Year:


Thursday, March 16th, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Slow Medicine: Time and the Art of Healing
Dr Sweet will be part of the Seminar Series for Medical Education week at the University of Florida. She will also be giving the AOA talk at the annual banquet for the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society that evening, on "What I wish someone had told me before I started my internship!"
University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida


Thursday, November 3rd, 12:00pm-1:00pm
Slow Medicine: Time and the Art of Healing

Dr. Sweet will be giving the Brian Volk Lecture in Narrative Medicine, Thursday, November 3rd (12– 1 pm) Sabin Auditorium.(D1.23), Cincinnati Children's Hospital.
Free and Open to the Public. Available by Live Streaming:

Cincinnati's Children'Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio

Saturday, October 1st, 9:00 am to 10:am
Slow Medicine, Time, and the Art of Healing
Dr. Sweet will be giving the opening talk at the Annual Conference of the American Association of Medicine and the Person, titled this year, Medicine: A Systemic Disease? So it will grapple with the deep problem of Medicine today, the contradiction between its amazing technological success and the frustration and sense of lack felt by doctor and patient alike.
Courtyard by Marriott, Montreal Downtown

Tuesday, April 26th, 10:00 am
The Doctor-Patient Divorce
Over the forty years of Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago, the doctor-patient relationship has been discussed several times, in the context of managed care, of ethics, of efficiency. But now for its last year, it seems time to talk about the doctor-patient divorce and ask: What happened to our relationship? What has come between us? Can it be mended? Was it ever as good for you as it was for me?
Chicago, Illinois, University of Chicago

Monday, March 14th, 10:30 am - Noon
“On not providing space for the sacred in in the care of the sick”
Dr. Sweet will be giving a plenary at the tenth annual Conference on Medicine and Religion. This year's program is "Space for the Sacred in the Care of the Sick." See here for some details: In this talk Dr. Sweet will discuss her experience of the unmaking of sacred space in Medicine. She initially chose her career in Medicine as a path on which the sacred is ipso facto included as birth, death and suffering, and then watched as it, renamed "healthcare" discarded the burdens of the sacred---thoughtfulness, consideration, connection--in the interest of efficiency. Eventually she rediscovered the sacred in the medicine of Hildegard of Bingen and the work of Carl Jung, all while practicing in an atavistic hospital she calls GH---God's Hotel. And then she watched as GH itself morphed in the same way, from Medicine to Healthcare, from monastery to factory. Burnout is the inevitable result of this transformation because sacred space is as necessary for the doctor and nurse as it is for the patient.
Portland, Oregon, Oregon Health Services University


Friday, April 30th, EDT: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Verdant Medicine: Hildegard’s Resonant Apothercary
Musical Ensemble Alkemie Performs Verdant Medicine: Hildegard’s Resonant Apothecary, a Livestream Performance of Music by Medieval Composer and Apothecary Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179), Followed by Roundtable Conversation on Plant-based Pharmacology  On Friday, April 30th from 2-4pm EDT, specialists in medieval music Alkemie present a livestream performance of Verdant Medicine: Hildegard’s Resonant Apothecary featuring works by composer, abbess, and apothecary Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) that focus on her healing use of plants. The musical performance will be immediately followed by a roundtable conversation with the musicians and with three noted scholars, Dr. Victoria Sweet (Rooted in the Earth, Rooted in the Sky: Hildegard of Bingen and Premodern Medicine), Dr. Alisha Rankin (Panaceia's Daughters: Noblewomen as Healers in Early Modern Germany), and Dr. Minji Lee (“Woman’s Body In-Between: The Holy and Monstrous Womb in Medieval Medicine and Religion”) and moderated by Johns Hopkins historian of medicine Dr. Mary Fissell. Created in conjunction with Johns Hopkins Program in Arts, Humanities, & Health and supported by the Fordham Center for Medieval Studies, this musical event will include hand-made “Intersensory Program Cards” that pair Hildegard’s music, texts, and associated images with materials that audiences can literally smell, taste, touch, and hear. The cards will be mailed to audience members who register by April 22nd.     For more information and tickets for Verdant Medicine: Hildegard’s Resonant Apothecary,
Johns Hopkins Program in Arts Humanities and Health: Zoom


Wednesday, November 18th, 5:30 Central Standard Time
Slow Medicine, Ethics and the Case of Mrs. C.
Dr. Sweet will be giving the 2020 Medical Humanities Lectureship on November 18th and November 19th. See below for details:
University of Utah, Zoom Meeting

Tuesday, September 22nd, 12:00 pm
Westminster Town Hall Forum: Slow Medicine, the Way to Healing with Victoria Sweet
Dr. Sweet will be interviewed by Cathy Wurzer from Minnesota Public Radio in a wide-ranging discussion of medicine, healthcare, what's wrong and how we can fix it. Please join us. This will be broadcast:
Virtual from Minnesota

Sunday, September 20th, Noon
Westminster Forum: Online Discussion with Victoria Sweet
This should be a wonderful experience: All are invited. I'll be interviewed by Cathy Wurzer about Slow Medicine, Covid, and anything else people have to ask. Should be interesting.
Online and Minneapolis

Wednesday, February 5th, Noon
Dr. Sweet as AOA Visiting Professor, UC Davis
Dr. Sweet will be giving the AOA lecture at UC Davis, on 'Slow Medicine and Our Sixth Sense." Free and Open to the Public: Medical Education Building, Rm. 2222.
UC Davis


Tuesday, December 10th, 5:00 pm-6:30 pm
Pilgrimage as a Way of Living—Phil’s Camino: A Documentary with Dr. Sweet’s commentary
Dr. Sweet will be discussing a remarkable documentary on the Camino, pilgrimage, health and disease. Free and open to the public.
San Francisco, California, Herbst Theater

Friday, October 25th, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Dr. Sweet speaking in Monterey on Healthcare, Medical Care, and Profit
Dr. Sweet will be giving the afternoon Keynote at the Monterey Bay Economic Partnership, an interesting all-day conference. Tickets can be purchased here:
Monterey, California, Hyatt Regency

Monday, October 7th, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Slow Medicine, The Way to Healing: Talk and Conversation
Dr. Sweet will be speaking on Slow Medicine and Fast Healthcare at the Institute on Aging, in San Francisco. She'll be signing books afterwards, and looks forward to seeing you there. For further information:
San Francisco, Institute on Aging

Tuesday, September 24th, 6:00 pm-7:00 pm
In Conversation with Dr. Shaili Jain about her new book
Should be interesting. For tickets, see here:
San Francisco, California, The Commonwealth Club

Tuesday, September 10th, TBA
“Conscience in Medicine,” A Talk at Duke University by Victoria Sweet

Tuesday, September 3rd, 9:00 am
First Lecture at UC San Diego Medical School
Dr. Sweet will be giving The First Lecture to the incoming new medical students at UCSD.
San Diego, California

Saturday, May 25th, 10:30 am-12:00 pm
“Pilgrimage as a Way of Being and Becoming,” A talk and Q and A by Dr. S.
Looking forward to giving this talk. Free and open to the public. For more information:
St. Francis Lutheran Church, San Francisco

Friday, March 22nd, 4:00 pm -5:15 pm
In conversation with Sandeep Jauhar about his new book, Heart, A History
Free and Open to the Public, this should be a very interesting conversation. I find Dr. Jauhar's new book fascinating, lovely to read, approachable, and provocative.
San Francisco

Monday, March 18th - Wednesday, March 20th
Second Book Tour in Germany (Bavaria) in March
Dr. Sweet will be giving several book presentations of Slow Medicine in its German translation, Slow Medicine: Medizin mit Seele. There will be a presentation of Slow Medicine in English, with a translator, and then Dr. Sweet will read a number of important passages in German. All are open to the public. Monday, March 18, in Straubing, Germany, at 7:30 pm Tuesday, March 19, in Weiden, Germany, at 7:30 pm. Wednesday, March 20, in Regensburg, Germany.
Bavaria, Germany

Tuesday, February 26th, 12:30 PM-1:30 PM
Slow Medicine and the Efficiency of Inefficiency: Grand Rounds
CME GRAND ROUNDS at Kaiser Richmond, 901 Nevin Avenue, Conference Room 1
Kaiser Hospital, Richmond, California

Thursday, February 14th - Tuesday, February 19th, February 14-February18
German Book Tour in February
14.02.19 Book presentation/reading in the City Library of  Lörrach, Germany, 8pm-9pm followed by book signing. Free and open to the public.  16.02.19 Book presentation/reading in Bad Wildbad, König Karlsforum, 5pm-6pm, followed by book signing. Free and open to the public.  17.02.19 Book presentation/reading in Munich, at the Augustinium, 4pm-5pm, followed by book signing. 
Lorrach, Freiburg, Bad Wildbad, Munich

Thursday, January 3rd
Slow Medicine: The Way to Healing has been published in German
Dr. Sweet is excited to announce that she will be doing a book tour in Germany for Slow Medicine, details tba.
Herder Publishing


Tuesday, December 4th, 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Slow is the New Fast
Dr. Sweet will be giving Grand Rounds, details TBA.
Benioff Childrens' Hospital, Oakland, California

Thursday, November 15th, 7:00 pm-8:00 pm
Slow Medicine, the Way to Healing
Dr. Sweet will discuss her recent book, Slow Medicine, the Way to Healing, followed by Q and A and a book signing. All are invited. Register here:
Lafayette Library, Community Hall, Lafayette, California

Wednesday, November 14th, 7:00 pm
Slow Medicine and the Art of Healing
Oakland, California TBA

Thursday, November 1st, 6:00 pm-8:00pm
The Slow Road to Healing
Dr. Sweet will be giving a Keynote Talk to East Tennessee State University, followed by a book signing. The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP at Eventbrite:
Johnson City, Tennessee, Carnegie Hotel

Wednesday, October 24th, 9:30 am to 11 am
Slow Medicine and the Art of Healing
Dr. Sweet will be speaking to the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) as part of their Baldwin Series. This is a free and public talk: at the ACGME headquarters at 401 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago IL and all are invited.
Chicago, Illinois

Friday, October 19th, 2:45pm to 4:15 pm followed by a book signing
Panel at Bioneers with Rupa Marya on Health and Healing in the 21st Century
For further details see here:
Marin Center, San Rafael, Showcase Theatre

Thursday, October 18th, 12:30 pm-1:30 pm
Grand Rounds at Kaiser Oakland
Dr. Sweet will discuss how Spending Time is not only Better for the Patient and the Doctor, but it also Saves Money! The Triple Aim! at Medical Ground Rounds. Kaiser Oakland, 3600 Broadway Ave, Conference Room on the lower level of the Specialty Medical Offices.
Oakland, California, Kaiser Hospital

Thursday, October 4th, 5pm
The John P. Annual Award Lectureship in Humanities and Medicine
Dr. Sweet will discuss "Slow Medicine: The Lost Art of Healing" and its implications for where we are today in medicine and healthcare followed by an open discussion and Q and A.  Free and Open to the Public.
Yale University

Wednesday, October 3rd, 8 am
The Annual Louis Mohollen Humanities Lectureship
Dr. Sweet will be giving Medical Grand Rounds at Abington Hospital; she will be speaking on Slow Medicine: Spending Time Saves Money, followed by a discussion of current issues in medicine and healthcare.
Abington, Pennsylvania, Frobese Conference Center

Monday, September 24th, 6 pm
Left Bank Dinner and Discussion
We'll start at 6 pm, with dinner at 6:30 pm, and Dr. Sweet will give an introduction and then open the discussion on health and wellness, medicine and healthcare.
Larkspur, California

Wednesday, August 29th
Calistoga, California

Wednesday, August 15th, 8 AM
Slow Medicine: Spending Time Saves Money: Medical Grand Rounds
Dr. Sweet will give Medical Grand Rounds at Stanford University Hospital on how spending time saves money in healthcare, and not spending time, costs money. Stanford Hospital Campus, LKSC Berg Hall, 8:am. Details:
Stanford, California

Wednesday, July 11th, 7 pm, seating starts at 6:30 pm
Slow Medicine: The Way to Healing
Dr. Sweet will discuss her new book, Slow Medicine, the Way to Healing. Free and Open to the Public. Comments and Questions to follow.
Los Gatos Library, Los Gatos, California

Saturday, June 23rd, 10:30 am
A Roundtable on the Garden and Healing at the University of Polinzano, in Italy
This should be an amazing meeting: Alice Waters, Carlo Petrini, Sefan Mancuso, and Victoria Sweet:
Pollenzo, Italy

Friday, June 22nd, 11 am
Slow Medicine: Spending Time Saves Money
To help celebrate Italy's Complexity Festival, and in conjunction with Carlo Petrini (by video), Giorgio Bert, Fabrizio Bendetti, Marco Bobbio and Gian Piero Quaglino, Dr. Sweet will reflect on the essence of vitality, viriditas, and the relationship of well being to complexity.
Teatro Giacosa, Ivrea, Italy

Tuesday, June 12th, 6:45 pm
Public Lecture
Dr. Sweet will give a public lecture in Geneva, Switzerland.
Geneva, Switzerland

Tuesday, June 12th, 8:am
Medical Grand Rounds, Geneva: The Slow Medicine Movement: Saving Money by Spending Time
Dr. Sweet will discuss the Slow Medicine Movement, and how its principles can provide the best care and save money at the same time. Open to the public.
Hopital Universite Geneve

Sunday, May 20th, 8:15 am-8:55 am
Keynote Presentation: Slow Medicine: The Key to Post-ICU Syndrome?
ATS 2018, International Conference. More info here.  
San Diego, California, UCSD

Tuesday, May 1st
Luncheon Talk: Slow Medicine, Fast Medicine, and Healthcare
Details to Follow.
Denver, Colorado, Institute of Life and Care

Tuesday, April 17th, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Do Doctors Have the Right to Practice Medicine in their Patients’ Best Interest?
Event, 4-5 pm. Followed by a reception, 5-6 pm. Free and Open to the public. Lecture at 4pm, Book Signing at 5pm. HSW 300, Auditorium, 513 Parnassus Ave, San Francisco.
San Francisco, CA. UCSF BioMedical Ethics Grand Rounds

Friday, April 6th, 8:30 am
Keynote Presentation: Slow Medicine, Nursing, and Nightingale.
28th Annual Medical-Surgical Nursing Conference
Burlingame, California

Tuesday, April 3rd, 12:00pm-1pm
The Slow Medicine Movement: How to Become Efficient by Being Inefficient
Dr. Sweet will give Grand Rounds at Alta Bates Hospital, Oakland, California.
Alta Bates Hospital

Thursday, March 29th, 7:00 pm-8:00 pm
A Book Talk and Discussion of Slow Medicine at Larkspur Library
Free and Open to the Public. See here for details.
Marin, California. Larkspur Library

Wednesday, March 7th
Slow Medicine, The Way to Healing. A Talk
San Francisco, CA. Metropolitan Club

Tuesday, February 20th, 11:00 am
Slow Medicine, The Way to Healing
Free and Open to the Public. Dr. Sweet will talk about and read from her new book, "Slow Medicine, the Way to Healing" followed by Q and A. There will be books for sale.
San Francisco, CA. Calvin Presbyterian Church

Thursday, January 25th, 7:00 pm
Slow Medicine, Victoria Sweet at the Napa Library
Napa County Library, Napa, CA. Bookseller: Napa Bookmine
Napa, CA.

Wednesday, January 17th, 11:30 AM-1 PM
A Literary Luncheon with Dr. Sweet.
Orinda Books, 276 Village Square, Orinda, CA 94563
Orinda, CA


Wednesday, December 6 – 7:00 PM,  
Mill Valley Public Library, Mill Valley, CA. Lecture Open to the Public, “Someplace to Go.”

Thursday, December 14
Burlingame Public Library, Burlingame, CA, Bookseller: Books Inc.

Wednesday, November 15 – 1:00 PM
Google, Google Authors’ Talk, Mountain View, CA.
Bookseller: Books will be purchased through Google’s own vendor.

Thursday, November 16 – 7:00 PM
Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA

Friday, November 17 – 7:00 PM
West Portal Books, San Francisco, CA.

Thursday, November 30 – 12:00 PM
Commonwealth Club, San Francisco, CA

Saturday, December 2
Strength Through Stories Conference, Oregon Health & Science University, Keynote Presentation, Portland, OR

Sunday, December 3 – 7:30 PM
Powell’s City of Books, Portland, OR

Wednesday, November 1 – 6:30 PM
The Commonwealth Club, “A Celebration of Oliver Sacks”, San Francisco, CA
Tickets can be purchased here:

Saturday, November 4 – 3:00 PM
Wisconsin Book Festival, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, DeLuca Forum, Reading, Q&A, Signing, Madison, WI

Tuesday, November 7, at 6:30 pm, a Book Club on God’s Hotel and Slow Medicine
Wednesday Medicine Grand Rounds at 7:30 AM,

University of California, San Diego. Grand Rounds. For details:

Wednesday, November 8, Dr. Sweet will give a Book Reading at 7:30 PM, free and open to the public.
Warwick’s, La Jolla, CA

Tuesday, October 24 – 7:00 PM
Rakestraw Books, Danville, CA

Thursday, October 26 – 7:00 PM
St. Louis County Library Medical Arts Series, St. Louis County Library Headquarters, St. Louis, MO

Saturday, October 28 – 7:00 PM
Bird in Hand at The Ivy Bookshop, Baltimore, MD

Sunday, October 29 – 1:00 PM
Politics & Prose, Washington, DC

Monday, October 30 – 11:30 AM
Yale, New Haven, CT. Connecticut Community Mental Health Center

Monday, October 30 – 5:00 PM
Yale University Lecture, New Haven, CT

Sunday, October 22 – 2:00 PM
Mrs. Dalloway’s, Berkeley, CA

Monday, October 23 – 7:00 PM
Bookshop Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA

OCTOBER 17, 2017 (10/17/17)
For a sense of it, click here

Tuesday, October 17 – 7:30 PM
Kepler’s Books, Menlo Park, CA, for tickets

Wednesday, October 18 – 7:30 PM
Off-site at The Bindery, Bookseller: The Booksmith

October 4, 2017, 8 am, Medicine Grand Rounds at California Pacific Medical Center. Dr. Sweet spoke on “Slow Medicine and the Efficiency of Inefficiiency” in the Enright Room, 2333 Buchanan Street, Lobby Level, San Francisco. Was free and open to the public.

September 6, 2017,  Napa Valley. Dr. Sweet spoke on “Practicing Slow, Thinking Slow, Being Slow,”  at a private conference put on by The Experience Lab of

May 25, 2017, at 7:30 pm, Green Apple Bookstore on Ninth Avenue. Dr. Sweet will be in conversation with Kerry Egan about Kerry’s new book, On Living. Free and Open to the Public:

April 1, 2017, 11:am, San Francisco. Dr. Sweet spoke on “Slow Medicine for the Woman in the White Coat,” at the 102nd Annual meeting of the American Medical Women’s Association.  For details, see

March 29, 2017. Dr. Sweet spoke in Tucson, Arizona. She will give two talks for The Cindy Wool Memorial Seminar on Humanism in Medicine; on Slow Medicine at Grand Rounds at the University of Arizona Duval Auditorium, and a second talk on God’s Hotel that evening. For details, see


December 15, 2016. Guggenheim Museum, New York, TBA. Dr. Sweet will give a TED style talk at STIR: The tentative title is: “Slow Medicine: Saving Money by Spending Time.”

November 17, 2016. Book Passages, San Francisco. Dr. Sweet will be in conversation with author Leah Kaminsky about her next novel, The Waiting Room.

November 15, 2016, UCSF, Toland Hall, 8:am-9:30 am. Dr. Sweet will appear as the discussant for Dr. Lloyd’s Sederer’s presentation at the UCSF Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds. Open to the public.

May 15, 2016. Sacred Heart University, Connecticut. Dr. Sweet will be awarded at Honorary Doctorate at the college’s commencement ceremony.

April 18, 2016, Dr. Sweet gave two talks, both at St. Boniface’s Hospital in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The first on “Compassion, Time, and Inefficiency,” as part of Compassion Grand Rounds, at noon; the second on Hildegard of Bingen and Medieval Lessons for Modern Medicine,” at 7 pm. Both are free and open to the public. See here: 

March 21, 2016, 12 to 1 pm, UCLA, with a bag lunch beforehand. Free and Open to the Public. UCLA, Dr. Sweet spoke about God’s Hotel and its implied ethics of spending enough time with the patient to get the right diagnosis and the right treatment, which is not always medical.  For details, see:

March 17, 2016, 5:30 pm, in the Holly Auditorium of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Dr. Sweet gave the The Ewing Halsell Distinguished Lecture. Free and Open to the Public.  For details, see:

February 10, 7:30 pm, San Francisco. Dr. Sweet was on a panel discussing  “New (Old) Paradigms in Medicine.” Free and open to the public. For details:

February 6, 2016 Berkeley Public Library, Authors’ Festival.

January 26, 2016, University of Chicago, Medical Grand Rounds, Fast Medicine, Slow Medicine, and the Efficiency of Inefficiency.

 January 15, 2016. San Francisco, Kaiser Hospital, 2425 Geary Blvd.  Grand Rounds. Slow Medicine and the Efficiency of Inefficiency. 12:30-1:30 pm, 


October 31, Monterey, 11  am. American College of Physicians. Dr. Sweet gave a keynote address on Slow Medicine and the Efficiency of Inefficiency.

October 7, Esalen, 11 am. Dr. Sweet spoke on “The Woman in the White Coat.”

September 29, 2015, Mount Berry, Georgia, Berry College, 7:30 pm. Dr. Sweet gave the Conson Wilson Lecture.

September 8, 2015. University of California Medical School,  La Jolla, California. Dr. Sweet gave The First Lecture for the incoming medical students at 1:30 pm. The title was Fast Medicine, Slow Medicine and Medical School.

June 4-6, 2015,  Budapest, Hungary. Dr. Sweet debated a medical futurist on Apps. vs. Doctors for Brain Bar Budapest: her talks was Dr. Virtual and Dr Personal: Finding the Right Place for Technology in Medicine.” She also gave a TEDx talk in Budapest and Isven Hotel, that is, God’s Hotel was published in Hungarian. For the video, see:

May 20th, 2015, 8:am: Portland, Oregon. Providence Portland Medical Center. Amphitheatre, Grand Rounds, Open to the Public. Dr. Sweet gave the annual Lipshutz lecture.

May 19, 2015, 8am: Portland, Oregon:  Providence St. Vincent, Souther Auditorium, Grand Rounds, free and open to the public. Dr. Sweet spoke on  Slow Medicine and the Efficiency of Inefficiency, 

May 5th, UCSF5pm-7pm, Tolan Hall. Dr. Sweet spoke on: “The Best of Both Worlds: Putting Fast Medicine and Slow Medicine Together.”

May 16th, Rocky Vista University, Denver, Colorado. Commencement speaker, May 16th, 10:am.

April 10, 2015,6pm-10pm,  San Diego, Bastyr University, Dr. Sweet spoke about God’s Hotel, Slow Medicine, and how to have our cake and eat it, too. There was a lunchtime talk on Viriditas and Pilgrimage, and a second presentation on Slow Medicine in the evening. htttp://

April 21, 12:30-1:30 pm, Denver, Colorado. The Institute for Life and Care had its second Annual Luncheon and Symposium at the Westin, downtown Denver. The theme is; Reclaiming Soul from Stress, and Dr. Sweet was on the panel and Q and A, to talk in part about Do-Nothing Medicine.

March 14, 2015, 6pm-9pm, Walnut Creek Library, 1644 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek. Book Signing, Reception and Silent Auction, a fundraising event for the library:

March 10,2015, 10: 30 am. Omni Hotel,  San Diego, at the Lown Institute meeting on Right Care, Dr. Sweet and Dr. Grace Damman conducted a workshop on “Overmedicalizing Dying, Underspiritualizing Death and—Could Death be Enjoyable?”  Dr. Sweet also spoke on The Principles of RightCareAction Week.

February 25, 2015, 3:30 pm-5 pm, San Francisco. UCSF, Laurel Heights campus, Room 274. Dr. Sweet spoke about putting Slow Medicine and Fast Medicine together in practical ways, such as a Slow Medicine Clinic or a Concierge Practice for the Sick Poor. DAHSM%20Sweet%202%2025%2015

January 26, 2015. Berkeley, CA.  Dr. Sweet spoke at a gathering of MD PHDs on medicine, writing, and doctoring.


December 9, San Francisco. Dr. Sweet spoke about God’s Hotel and some of its lessons, 11 am-1pm. Free and open to the public. at Calvary Presbyterian Church, 2215 Fillmore St. in San Francisco.

Decmber 4, Palo Alto, Channing House, 7pm-8:30pm. Dr. Sweet spoke on Slow Medicine and the Efficiency of Inefficency.

November 19-22. Sussex, England. Dr. Sweet gave two talks at the University of Sussex for Medicine and the Humanities.

November 6, 2014, Stanford, California, 7:30 pm Bishop Auditorium. Dr. Sweet spoke on “Hildegard of Bingen: Medieval Lessons for Modern Medicine,” free and open to the public. There will be a reception beforehand and book signing afterwards, time permitting.Hildegard Poster high-res

November 5, 2014, Noon.Stanford California. Dr. Sweet gave a workshop on Fast Medicine and Slow Medicine over the longue duree.

October 23, 2014. Lago Maggiore,  Italy. As part of the Slow Medicine Italia meeting, Dr. Sweet gave a talk at a panel on Slow Medicine: “A Model for Slow Medicine.”

October 16, 6:30 pm, Visalia, California.  Dr. Sweet spoke about “Slow Medicine and the Efficiency of inefficiency” at the” Norman Sharrer Symposium. The public is warmly invited. For further information, see

October 2, San Francisco Public Library, Sunset: Dr. Sweet spoke on her book, God’s Hotel, from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. The public is invited. See

June 18, 2014. Hershey, Pennsylvania. Dr. Sweet spoke at the Leading Age Annual Meeting.

May 21, 2014. Economic Roundtable of San Francisco. Open to the Public. Dr. Sweet will present on “Slow Medicine and the Efficiency of Inefficiency.” 8:00am. See here for details: at 1 Embarcadero Center, 19th floor.

May 16, 2014, University of Nevada, School of Medicine, Dr. Sweet was the Distinguished Speaker for the Class of 2014’s Hooding Ceremony at 1pm; she spoke on “The Hood and the Oath.”

April 26, 2014, Loma Linda University, Dr. Sweet gave  two lectures.  The first on the “Hildegard of Bingen and the Greening of Pre-Modern Medicine” at 11:30-1:00 pm Damazo Amphitheater, open to the public. And the second, “Reflections on God’s Hotel”  was at 3:30-5:00 pm | Damazo Amphitheater, also open to the public.

March 5 and 6, 2014, University of Oregon, Eugene Campus and Portland Campus, Dr. Sweet gave the Annual Tzedek Lectures:

God’s Hotel was selected by San Francisco for its On the Same Page program for January and February. Dr. Sweet spoke about it at the San Francisco Public Library on February 25 :

February 6, 2014, 9:am, Georgetown, Texas, Dr. Sweet gave the opening keynote address, “Slow Medicine, Fast Medicine: Putting them both together,” for Southwestern University’s two-day long  Brown Symposium, on Healing: The Art and Science of Medicine. For more information, see

January 30, 2014, 7pm. Larkspur Library, Marin, Dr. Sweet discussed her book, God’s Hotel. Free and open to the public.

January 22, 2014, 12:30 pm, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, at Calvin College’s January Series. For more information:

January 10, 2014, 10 am in the San Francisco Public LibraryGod’s Hotel is the book selected by San Francisco for its On the Same Page program for January and February.


December 4, 2013, 5:30 pm at University of Massachusetts Medical School,  Dr. Sweet spoke about God’s Hotel followed by a reception and book signing. 

November 13, 2013, 12:30-1:30 pm, University of Virginia, Dr. Sweet delivered the Zula Mae Baber Bice Memorial Lecture on Slow Medicine, Fast Medicine: Taking a Different Perspective.

November 5, 2013, Santa Clara University, Dr. Sweet spoke in the library, 4-5:30 pm followed by a reception and book signing.

October 21, 2013, 8:30 a.m., Vancouver, Canada,  Dr. Sweet gave the opening keynote for the 10th annual meeting of the Society for Integrative Oncology.

October 12, 2013, 1pm-2pm, Nashville, TN.,  Dr. Sweet spoke on Slow Medicine, Fast Medicine at the 25th annual Southern Festival of Books, and the talk was broadcast on CPSAN 2..

October 1, 8 am. Oakland, CA. Dr. Sweet gave Grand Rounds at Oakland Children’s Hospital; great group of people, and made a terrific audience.

September 24, 6 pm,  San Francisco, Dr. Sweet appeared along with other winners and finalists of the NCBI Awards at the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco.

June 6, 5pm-8pmDr. Sweet accepted the Gold Medal for Non-Fiction for  the 82nd Annual California Book Awards at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco

June 6, Cambridge, Massachusetts: Dr. Sweet gave Grand Rounds Harvard’s Mt. Auburn Hospital, 8 am, Grand.

May 30th, 7pm. Dr. Sweet spoke at Rakestraw Books in Danville.

May 29th, 8 am., Dr. Sweet gave Grand Rounds at Mt. Zion Hospital in San Francisco.

May 17th, Metropolitan Club, San Francisco, at 12: 30pm. Dr. Sweet spoke about her book and its reception. 

May 19th, 1pm,  Koret Auditorium, SF Main Library, The Northern California Book Awards: God’s Hotel won the award for Creative Non-Fiction.

Dr. Sweet spoke at Bastyr University in Seattle on May 6 and May 7, 2013.

Dr. Sweet gave the annual Lamb Lecture on Faith and Science: “A Doctor, A Saint, and A Pilgrimage,” at Villanova University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on April 18th, 4:30.

Dr. Sweet gave the annual Louius Mohollen lectureship, at Abington Memorial Hospital, Abington, Pennsylvania on April 17th at 8 am.

Keynote for the  National Conference for Physician-Scholars in the Social Sciences and HumanitiesApril 13th, at 4:30, at UCSF.

Commonwealth Club Panel: “Improving Ethics and the Practice of Medicine,” was on March 28. You can hear the podcast here: 

TEDx: Dr. Sweet gave a talk on “The Efficiency of Inefficiency” at Middlebury College, Vermont, as part of the conference on The Road not Taken. March 9, 2013; you can listen here:

Reno, Nevada: February 25th. Keynote  at the University of Nevada’s Cultural Considerations in Health Care  Conference.

Oakland, California: February 21, 4pmDr. Sweet gave the annual Picchi Lecture at Samuel Merritt University. Further information: samuelmerritt

San Francisco: February 13, 2013, 6:30 pm-8 pm,  Drawn from Dr. Sweet’s recent book this talk concerned Hildegard of Bingen’s medicine and her idea of viriditas, or greening power, as well as the history of the hospital and hospitality and the almshouse, with some history of Laguna Honda Hospital, in particular. Bay Area History of Medicine Society.

San Francisco,  January 22, 5:30pm-7:30 pm, at the American Institute of Architecture. Dr. Sweet discussed the new and the old Laguna Honda Hospital and some of its lessons. Free and open to the public. Register here:

Walnut Creek, : January 24th, Books on Review, A benefit for Stanford scholarships. Dr. Sweet read from GOD’S HOTEL and along with other Stanford authors, discussing writing.  Open to the public with registration here:

Berkeley, California: January 7, 7:30 pm. The Hillside Club,  2286 Cedar Street at Arch, Berkeley. Free and open to the public:


Novato, California: December 13, 6 :30 pm. Kaiser Hospital, San Rafael. A talk by Dr. Sweet about healthcare followed by a panel with Dr. Clay Angel of Kaiser, San Rafael.

Ross, California, December 6, 9:30 am: Dr. Sweet will speak about God’s Hotel and the Efficiency of Inefficiency.” This is a brunch and benefit for Ross School in Marin. All are invited:

Stanford University,  November 28th, 5:30 pm. Cultures, Minds and Medicines SeminarDepartment of Anthropology, Main Quad – Building 50, Room 51A (Colloquium Room). Dr. Sweet spoke about how she came to God’s Hotel; how she arrived at Slow Medicine and an understanding of Hildegard of Bingen’s concept of viriditas; the efficiency of inefficiency and the inefficiency of efficiency. Another great audience.

 Dr. Sweet spoke at the Commonwealth Club on Wednesday, October 17th, 2012, 6 pm. There was a great group with an hour or so discussion, questions and answers following. A podcast is available:

On October 10, 6 pm, Dr. Sweet moderated the Swiss-Net discussion of skin diseases, past and present.

On October 9, noon, Dr. Sweet gave  the Patterson Lecture at UCSF, on mental health and the medical profession, Aiming for Imperfection and open to the public. See here:

Speaker along with Kay Ryan, Poet Laureate 2009, sponsored by Granta, the British Literary Journal of New Writing, to launch its Medicine Issue:

Grand Rounds at Weill-Cornell Medical College in  New York, was on Thursday, September 6, 2012, Noon. The talk was: “The Efficiency of Inefficiency: Three Stories

God’s Hotel came out on Thursday, April 26, 2012.

There was a FABULOUS Book Launch Party, Saturday, April 28th, 2012 at the Cliff Hotel n San Francisco. 

Michael Krasny’s Forum on April 25th, KQED, 88.5, between 10-11 a.m., call-in.

A great Book Launch at Booksmith in San Francisco, April 27th, at 7:30pm. 

Book  Passages in Corte Madera, Sunday, April 29th at 1 pm.

Interview on the Kojo Nnamdi Show in Washington DC,  May 1, 1 pm.

Politics and Prose, Washington DC, May 1 at 7 pm.

Bookshop West Portal in San Francisco, on May 3. 

Books Inc in Berkeley, on Monday, May 7, 7:00 pm.

Kepler’s Bookstore in Menlo Park, on Tuesday, May 8, 7:00 pm.

West Coast Live, the live, syndicated San Francisco radio show, 10:am Saturday morning, May 12.

Bookshop Santa Cruz, at 7:00 pm, Thursday, May 17th.

Authors@Google in Mountain View on May 31; 

Radio interview with KPFA’s Cover to Cover, on June 4th.

The Metropolitan Club in San Francisco, on Thursday, June 28th, 2012. 


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