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Online Book Talk with author Anne Fadiman

  • 4/1/2014 | 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
  • Location: Miscellaneous 2
  • Event Type: Meeting

Online Book Talk with author Anne FadimanPlease mark your calendars for the first of what we hope to be many online book talks sponsored by the McKeen Center for members of the Bowdoin community--alums, students, parents, faculty and staff.

Professor Susan Bell (Sociology and Anthropology) and Professor Steve Loebs (Research Associate of McKeen Center and Professor Emeritus, College of Public Health, The Ohio State University) will moderate a conversation on The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, by Anne Fadiman.

This will be a live event with viewer participation streamed on Bowdoin's website on Tuesday, April 1st at 8:00 p.m. (EST).

Professors Bell and Loebs will be joined by the author to discuss the book and answer questions e-mailed in by viewers.

Amazon describes it in the following way:
"The book explores the clash between a small county hospital in California and a refugee family from Laos over the care of Lia Lee, a Hmong child diagnosed with severe epilepsy. Lia's parents and her doctors both wanted what was best for Lia, but the lack of understanding between them led to tragedy. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Current Interest, and the Salon Book Award, Anne Fadiman's compassionate account of this cultural impasse is literary journalism at its finest."

This event is being co-sponsored by the McKeen Center and by the Dean for Academic Affairs.