Humanities Institute

Arthur W. Frank, “Hamlet in the Hospital: An Arts-based Response to Suffering Among the Ill and Those Who Care for Them”

2016-2018 Distinguished Visiting Lecture Series in Health, Well-Being, Healing

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, "Hamlet in the Hospital: An Arts-based Response to Suffering Among the Ill and Those Who Care for Them," as part of our Distinguished Visiting Lecture Series in Health, Well-Being, Healing. After several decades of studying first-person, non-fiction accounts of illness, and realizing how ill people’s troubles are mirrored in the troubles of those who care for the ill, Dr. Frank turns to literary fiction to push inquiry into forms of suffering that resist articulation. What we cannot say for ourselves, literature can say for us. This lecture discusses how Hamlet represents suffering, and it reports on the beginnings of the Hamlet in the Hospital project of organizing support groups around readers’ theatre. This work seeks to expand the scope of narrative medicine and health humanities.
 
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: The Humanities Institute through the Holloway Centennial Lectureship

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