Special Alert

Comics, Medicine, and Healing Through Story: Lecture and Talk with Dr. Dana Walrath

  • October 26, 2016
  • 5:00 PM
  • Location: Lamar Dodd School of Art, Room: S151
  • 270 River Rd 
  • Athens, GA
  • Price: Free

Join award-winning author and TEDx speaker Dr. Dana Walrath for a riveting discussion of the role stories and images play in healing and care. We connect the great writing of Edgar Allan Poe to his struggles with mental illness and addiction as part of the NEA Big Read focus on "Poe-Tober" in Athens. This event will be followed by a reception.

A writer, artist and anthropologist, Dana Walrath, likes to cross borders and disciplines with her work. After years of using stories and art to teach medical students at University of Vermont's College of Medicine, she spent 2012-2013 as a Fulbright Scholar in Armenia where she completed her first book, "Like Water on Stone," a verse novel about the Armenian genocide of 1915. Loosely based on the story of her grandmother, it is a Notable Book for a Global Society Award Winner, a Bank Street Best Book of 2015, a Vermont Book Award finalist, and more. Her just released graphic memoir, "Aliceheimer's," about life with her mother, Alice, before and during dementia, has been featured in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Review of Books and the Philadelphia Inquirer. She has spoken extensively about the role of comics in healing throughout North America and Eurasia, including two TEDx talks. She has also shown her artwork in a variety of venues throughout North America and Eurasia.

Her anthropological work on childbirth, genocide and the end of life has appeared in edited volumes and anthropological journals, and she is a co-author of one of the leading college textbook series in anthropology. Her recent essays have appeared in Slate, Somatosphere and Foreign Policy. She holds a PhD in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania, an MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and a BA in visual arts and biology from Barnard College. She lives in the mountains of Vermont.

Admission is free. Those in attendance will be entered to win a copy of an Edgar Allan Poe Book.

This event is a part of The NEA Big Read: Poe-tober: https://coe.uga.edu/events/recurring/the-big-read-poe-tober

The NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Lamar Dodd School of Art, Room: S151
270 River Rd