Texas Institute for Literary and Textual Studies
Texas Institute for Literary and Textual Studies

Death as a Cultural and Medical Phenomenon

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Speakers: Professor Alan Friedman, UT Austin /// Dr. Craig Hurwitz, M.D., UT Austin

Time: 7pm

Location: Humanities Texas (1410 Rio Grande St. // Austin, TX 78701)

Details: “Death as a Cultural and Medical Phenomenon” - a lecture by Professor Alan Friedman, UT Department of English, with a response by Dr. Craig Hurwitz, Chair of Palliative Medicine, Dell Medical School.

Alan Friedman

Alan Warren Friedman, Thaman Professor of English and Comparative Literatue, specializes in modern British, Irish, and American literature, the novel, and Shakespearean drama. His five authored books include Party Pieces: Oral Narrative and Social Performance in Joyce and Beckett. Fictional Death and the Modernist Enterprise examines cultural and literary attitudes toward death. He coordinates the annual residency program, Actors from the London Stage, and advises the student organization, the Spirit of Shakespeare, which supports the residency and performs scenes from the annual AFTLS play. He has won several teaching awards, including Plan II's Chad Oliver Teaching Award (2003), and both the English Department's Faculty Service Award (2008) and UT's Civitatis Award. He currently serves as Chair of the University’s Faculty Council.

Craig Hurwitz

Craig Hurwitz is a pediatrician who specializes in pediatric pain and palliative medicine. He attended the University of Texas and Southwestern Medical School in Dallas before moving to Duke Medical Center in North Carolina for a pediatrics residency. Dr. Hurwitz completed his pediatrics training in 1982 followed by fellowship subspecialty training in pediatric hematology and oncology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital from 1982 – 1985. In 1993, he joined the Maine Children’s Cancer Program in Portland, Maine where he remained as Director of the Program and a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Vermont School of Medicine for the next 10 years. Dr. Hurwitz made his final move back to Austin in 2011 when he was recruited to Dell Children’s Medical Center as the new director of the Pain and Palliative Medicine Program.

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