Arthur Frank, "Whose Narrative? What Medicine?" Distinguished Visiting Lecture Series

Wed, September 27, 2017 | POB 2.302 (Avaya Auditorium), 201 East 24th Street, Austin, TX 78712

7:00 PM - 8:45 PM

Arthur Frank, Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Calgary
Arthur Frank, Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Calgary

On September 27, 2017 at 7PM in the Avaya Auditorium, Dr. Arthur Frank, Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Calgary, Professor at VID Specialized University, Bergen, Norway, and core faculty at the Center for Narrative Practice in Boston, will present his lecture, "Whose Narrative? What Medicine?" as part of our Distinguished Visiting Lecture Series in "Health, Well-Being, Healing. co-sponsored with the Department of Sociology" Dr. Frank's lecture will raise issues about the self and how the self understands itself through stories. His lecture will also demonstrate his developing approach to the field of literature and medicine, beginning with a reading of Dicken's Great Expectations and moving to several non-fiction illness narratives that speak to issues of the self and stories. 
 
Trained as a medical sociologist (Ph.D., Yale, 1975), he is the author of a memoir of critical illness, At the Will of the Body (1991; new edition 2002); a study of first-person illness narratives, The Wounded Storyteller (1995; expanded edition, 2013); a book on care as dialogue, The Renewal of Generosity: Illness, Medicine and How to Live (2004); and most recently, a book on how stories affect our lives, Letting Stories Breathe: A Socio-narratology (2010). Dr. Frank is an elected Fellow of The Hastings Center and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He was the 2008 recipient of the Abbyann Lynch Medal for Bioethics, awarded by the Royal Society of Canada, and he was the 2016 recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award, awarded by the Canadian Bioethics Society. 

Sponsored by: Sponsored by the Humanities Institute through the Holloway Centennial Lectureship.

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