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An Adventures in Ideas EXPRESS Seminar

November 14, 2015

Everyone confronts the challenges of major illnesses in their own lives and/or in the lives of their close friends and family members. This seminar will draw on the arts and humanities to explore an inescapable question: how are you and your family transformed when you face major illnesses? Our speakers include faculty members Steven Reznick, who is currently dealing with the life-altering effects of ALS, or “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” and Jennifer Ho, who has recently undergone extensive treatment for cancer. Their experiences will provide a context for the medical and humanistic perspectives of Professor Emeritus of Medicine Nortin Hadler. An extended panel conversation will allow audience members to share their own experiences. Join us for this personal discussion of how illness changes lives and how the perspectives of literature, the arts, and other cultural traditions can influence our responses to illness.

Topics & Speakers

Looking for a Story of My Own: Rejecting the Pinkwashing of Breast Cancer Narratives
Jennifer Ho, Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature

Our Quest for Understanding Our Lives with ALS
Steven Reznick, Professor of Psychology
Donna L. Kaye, Director at UNC Healthcare, Learning & Organizational Development

Patients are People, First… and Foremost
Nortin Hadler, Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Microbiology/Immunology

How Illness Changes the Meaning of your Life
A panel discussion with our speakers and our audience

Time & Cost

1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, November 14, 2015. The tuition is $75. No discounts apply to this special event. Teachers can receive a $75 stipend after attending (click here for more information).

For information about lodging click here.

Co-Sponsored by the General Alumni Association.

For information about GAA discounts and other scholarships available to Humanities Program participants, click here.

Register for this seminar.