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Past Events

Date:
Feb 03, 2010 - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Faculty Club of Columbia University Medical Center, Physicians & Surgeons Building, 630 W. 168th St., 4th Floor, New York, NY
Speaker(s):
Robin Romm

Romm reads from her acclaimed book The Mercy Papers: A Memoir in Three Weeks, written about the three weeks prior to her mother’s death.  In a front cover review, the New York Times Book review called it “a furious blaze of a book.”

Date:
Jan 06, 2010 - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Faculty Club of Columbia University Medical Center, Physicians & Surgeons Building, 630 W. 168th St., 4th Floor, New York, NY
Speaker(s):
Cortney Davis

Nurse-poet and memoirist Davis reads from her new collection, The Heart’s Truth: Essays on the Art of Nursing.  Richard Selzer has said the collection “should be required reading at every nursing school in the country. In writing of the highest quality, it offers a powerful and moving portrait of what it means to be a nurse."

Date:
Dec 02, 2009 - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Faculty Club of Columbia University Medical Center, Physicians & Surgeons Building, 630 W. 168th St., 4th Floor, New York, NY
Speaker(s):
Virgil Wong

Artist and filmmaker Wong’s work grapples with bioethically vexed medical technologies – including nanorobots, a smart-as-human genetically engineered mouse, and a male pregnancy program.  His fictional “RYT-Dwayne Medical Center” (www.rythospital.com) had been called “disarmingly authentic” by the New York Times.

Date:
Nov 04, 2009 - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Faculty Club of Columbia University Medical Center, Physicians & Surgeons Building, 630 W. 168th St., 4th Floor, New York, NY
Speaker(s):
Harlan Coben

The New York Times bestselling author reads from Hold Tight, which examines family, adolescent suicide, and a child’s right to privacy over a parent’s right to know.  Dan Brown calls Coben “the modern master of the hook and twist – luring you in on the first page only to shock you on the last.”

Date:
Oct 07, 2009 - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Faculty Club of Columbia University Medical Center, Physicians & Surgeons Building, 630 W. 168th St., 4th Floor, New York, NY
Speaker(s):
Sandeep Jauhar

Now a practicing cardiologist, Jauhar will read from his memoir Intern: A Doctor’s Initiation.  Vincent Lam has called the book “A vivid portrait of the culture of a New York City hospital, with its demanding hierarchy and sometimes indifferent cruelty." (New York Times)

Date:
Sep 02, 2009 - 5:00 p.m.
Location: College of Physicians & Surgeons, Columbia University Medical Center
Room:
446
Speaker(s):
G. Thomas Couser

G. Thomas Couser, Professor of English and the founding director of the Disability Studies program at Hofstra University, will speak on what disability studies has to offer medical education.  Among his books are Recovering Bodies: Illness, Disability, and Life Writing and Vulnerable Subjects: Ethics and Life Writing, and Signifying Bodies: Disability in Contemporary Life Writing. He is currently writing a book about contemporary American “patriography,” memoirs of fathers by sons and daughters, and a memoir of his own father.

Date:
Jun 03, 2009 - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Armand Hammer Building, Columbia University Medical Center
Room:
401
Speaker(s):
Oliver Sacks

Dr. Oliver Sacks, neurologist and author of such books as Awakenings, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, A Leg to Stand On and Musicophilia, gives the final Narrative Medicine Rounds for 2008-2009. Dubbed the “poet laureate of medicine” by the New York Times, Dr. Sacks will speak on the topic of his next book: hallucinations and the life of the visual brain.From motor cars and chess sets, to people in fanciful headdress and even images of Kermit the Frog, visual hallucinations in people going blind are not born of memory, but are new inventions of the visual brain.

Date:
May 06, 2009 - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Faculty Club of Columbia University Medical Center, Physicians & Surgeons Building, 630 W. 168th St., 4th Floor, New York, NY

Priscilla Wald, Professor of English and Women’s Studies at Duke University, reads from Contagious: Cultures, Carriers and the Outbreak Narrative, which Dr. Rita Charon has called “a magnificent book, notable for its prose, its expansiveness, its courage and its creativity.”

Date:
May 04, 2009 - 1:00 a.m.
Location: Faculty Club of Columbia University Medical Center, Physicians & Surgeons Building, 630 W. 168th St., 4th Floor, New York, NY
Speaker(s):
Nellie Hermann

Nellie Hermann will read from her novel The Cure for Grief.

Date:
Apr 01, 2009 - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Faculty Club of Columbia University Medical Center, Physicians & Surgeons Building, 630 W. 168th St., 4th Floor, New York, NY
Speaker(s):
Julie Salamon

Julie Salamon reads from Hospital: Man, Woman, Birth, Death, Infinity, Plus, Red Tape, Bad Behavior, Money, God and Diversity on Steroids, a “fascinating portrait of a Brooklyn, N.Y. hospital... much more than white coats and beeping consoles—it’s 21st century America in a microcosm” (Salon).

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