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Breathing Through It: Essays from the (Asthmatic) Body - Sandi Wisenberg

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When: Thursday, October 26, 2023
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM CT

Where: Robert H Lurie Medical Research Center, 1st floor/Searle Room, 303 E. Superior, Chicago, IL 60611 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: FREE - must register to attend online

Contact: Myria Knox   (312) 503-7962

Group: Medical Humanities & Bioethics Lunchtime Montgomery Lectures

Co-Sponsor: Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities

Category: Academic, Lectures & Meetings


The Master of Arts in Medical Humanities and Bioethics Program


A Montgomery Lecture


S.L. Wisenberg, BSJ
Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University
MFA in Fiction Writing, University of Iowa Writers' Workshop
Co-Director (for a decade) Graduate Creative Writing Program
Northwestern University, School of Professional Studies
Editor, Another Chicago Magazine (online journal)

Breathing Through It: Essays from the (Asthmatic) Body

In her fourth book, The Wandering Womb, which won the University of Massachusetts Press Juniper Prize in creative nonfiction, S.L. Wisenberg writes about what it's like to live in a body, and what it's like to live while aware of history. One of the throughlines of the book is what it's like to have chronic asthma. She does not get "attacks" but her asthma is a constant, whether in the background or foreground. Wisenberg will read from and discuss her recent book, in which she "excavates layers of her personal, family, and cultural history, drawing connections to the present that will resonate with a broad audience" (Chicago Reader). "The Wandering Womb," Donna Seaman writes in Booklist, is written with "audacious incisiveness and wit."

This lecture is open to the public and will be held in the Searle Seminar Room in the Lurie Research Building (303 E Superior), Chicago Campus. For those outside the Chicago area and anyone who would prefer to attend remotely, a Zoom option is also available.


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