Comics, Medicine, and Healing through Story will be the topic of Dana Walrath's presentation at 5pm on October 26, 2016 here in the Dodd Auditorium S151.
Walrath comes to Dodd on a Willson Center Distinguished Artist/Lecturer grant awarded to the Dodd Art Education area.
Walrath, a writer, artist and anthropologist, 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, Like Water on Stone 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.
Dana Walrath's visit is suppported by:
“NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.”
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