Arthur Frank, "Whose Narrative? What Medicine?" Distinguished Visiting Lecture Series

Dr. Arthur Frank, Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Calgary, Professor at VID Specialized University, Bergen, Norway, and core faculty at the Center for Narrative Practice in Boston, will present his lecture, "Whose Narrative? What Medicine?" as part of our Distinguished Visiting Lecture Series in "Health, Well-Being, Healing." Dr. Frank's lecture will raise issues about the self and how the self understands itself through stories. His lecture will also demonstrate his developing approach to the field of literature and medicine, beginning with a reading of Dicken's Great Expectations and moving to several non-fiction illness narratives that speak to issues of the self and stories. 


Trained as a medical sociologist (Ph.D., Yale, 1975), he is the author of a memoir of critical illness, At the Will of the Body (1991; new edition 2002); a study of first-person illness narratives, The Wounded Storyteller (1995; expanded edition, 2013); a book on care as dialogue, The Renewal of Generosity: Illness, Medicine and How to Live (2004); and most recently, a book on how stories affect our lives, Letting Stories Breathe: A Socio-narratology (2010). Dr. Frank is an elected Fellow of The Hastings Center and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He was the 2008 recipient of the Abbyann Lynch Medal for Bioethics, awarded by the Royal Society of Canada, and he was the 2016 recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award, awarded by the Canadian Bioethics Society. 



Sponsored by: The Humanities Institute through the Holloway Centennial Lectureship

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 7:00pm to 8:45pm

Peter O'Donnell Jr. Building (POB), POB 2.302 (Avaya Auditorium)
201 24TH ST E, Austin, Texas 78712

Event Type

Arts & Humanities, Health & Wellness


College of Liberal Arts

Target Audience

Students, Faculty, General Public



Free and open to the public

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