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The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down

A Hundere Lecture with Anne Fadiman

Monday, April 29, 2013 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Fadiman's 1997 book The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down won the National Book Critics Circle Award.    This book examined an extended Hmong family with a child with epilepsy, and their cultural, linguistic, and medical struggles in America.    It showed the importance of cultural empathy and respectful diversity in medical practice.  It has been cited by medical journals and lecturers as an argument for greater cultural competence, and often assigned to medical, pharmaceutic, and anthropological students in the US.

Other works include:  Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader, a book about books (buying them, writing in their margins, and arguing with her husband on how to shelve them) and At Large and At Small - a collection of essays on Coleridge, postal history, and ice cream, among other topics.

Her essays and articles have appeared in Harpers, The New Yorker, and The New York Times, among other publications. She is the only writer to have won National Magazine Awards for both reporting (on elderly suicide) and essays (on the multiple and often contradictory meanings of the American flag).  Fadiman has also previuosly been the editor of literary quarterly, The American Scholar.

As Yale Universities Francis Writer in Residence, she teaches nonfiction writing and serves as a mentor to students who are considering careers in writing or editing.

LaSells Stewart Center (campus map)
C&E Auditorium
Courtney Campbell
ccampbell at oregonstate.edu
School of History, Philosophy, and Religion