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Narrative Medicine Rounds: Kathy Leichter, Filmmaker


Nov 05, 2014 - 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


Hammer Health Sciences Library / Augustus C. Long Health Sciences Library, 701 W. 168th St., Room 401 Auditorium

Kathy Leichter is a documentary film producer and director, fundraising and outreach consultant, media activist and the founder of Two Suns Media. Kathy created Here One Day, a documentary which follows Kathy’s quest to understand how living with her mother’s mental illness and losing her to suicide have impacted her as a woman, artist and ultimately as a mother.

Kathy completed the film Passing On about her tell-it-like-it-is grandmother, Elsa Leichter, an Austrian Jewish immigrant who lived to be ninety-one. With Jonathan Skurnik, Kathy produced and directed the award-winning PBS documentary A Day's Work, A Day's Pay about three welfare recipients who become leaders in the fight against workfare in New York City. The film received the Harry Chapin Media Award for excellence in projects addressing issues of hunger and poverty, was broadcast nationally on PBS and in Europe and has screened in classrooms and film festivals throughout the world.

Narrative Medicine Rounds are lectures or readings presented by scholars, clinicians, or writers engaged in work at the intersection of narrative and health care. Rounds are held on the first Wednesday of each month (September to May) from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Columbia University Medical Center Faculty Club, followed by a reception. Rounds are free and open to the public; no RSVP is necessary. Students, staff, faculty, patients, friends, and interested others are warmly welcome to attend.


Kathy Leichter