Literature and the Healing Arts is Topic of English Lecture Series
Contact: Lisa James Goldsberry (518) 437-4989
Five internationally recognized speakers will address the healing implications
of the humanities during the English Lecture Series at the University
at Albany. The lectures, which will run from February 7 through April
16, will explore the therapeutic implications of reading and writing,
including the mysterious relationship between creativity and illness.
They are free and open to the public.
Iliana Semmler, who taught courses on the medical humanities at UAlbany
for many years until her recent retirement, will be the featured speaker
for the first lecture. It will be held on Thursday, February 7 at 7
p.m. in the Chapel House on the University's Uptown Campus. She will
discuss "Fashioning Nature: Literature's Judgment on Aesthetic Surgery."
Each lecture will be approximately one hour long followed by a question-and-answer
period. A reception will follow. Most of the lectures will be held from
7-9 p.m. in the Chapel House. The reading by Lucy Grealy will begin
at 8 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center. Other lectures
in the series:
February 19: Lucy Grealy, an award-winning poet and non-fiction
writer, will give "A Reading from Autobiography of a Face."
March 19: Sophie Freud, granddaughter of Sigmund and a professor
emerita at Simmons College, will discuss "The Humanities and the Healing
April 4: Michael Kaufman, a literature professor, will present
"McMedicine: Tolstoy's Anatomy of Human Frailty."
April 16: Rita Charon, a professor of internal medicine at Columbia
University, will discuss "The Parallel Chart."
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January 28, 2002
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