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41st ALEXANDER MING FISHER LECTURE “Suicide: Clinical and Personal Perspectives,” a Talk by Kay Redfield Jamison, PhD

March 6, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm


PLEASE NOTE: Our Narrative Medicine Rounds for March are folding into this campus-wide welcome of Kay Redfield Jamison, a critical thinker in our fields of medicine and language. Be aware too that the event takes place in the ALUMNI AUDITORIUM, not the FACULTY CLUB.

The Alexander Ming Fisher Memorial Lecture on Death and Dying was established in the early 1970s by E. Douglas Southwick to commemorate the life of Alexander Ming Fisher, MD, a graduate of Columbia University, and institute a yearly lecture series on the topics of death and dying. Since 1974, Alexander Ming Fisher lecturers have explored a wide variety of issues, including family care in terminal illness, death and public policy, the impact of AIDS on the practice of medicine, physician-assisted suicide, Medicare and terminal illness, and genetic engineering and the prolonging of life.

Kay Redfield Jamison is the Dalio Professor in Mood Disorders, Professor of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and co–director of the Johns Hopkins Mood Disorders Center. She is also Honorary Professor of English at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. She is the co–author of the standard medical text on bipolar (manic–depressive) illness, which was chosen as the most outstanding book in biomedical sciences by the American Association of Publishers, and author of “Touched with Fire,” “An Unquiet Mind,” “Night Falls Fast,” “Exuberance,” “Nothing Was the Same,” and “Robert Lowell: Setting the River on Fire.”

Her memoir about her experiences with manic–depressive illness, “An Unquiet Mind,” was cited by several major publications as one of the best books of 1995; it was on The New York Times Bestseller List for more than five months and translated into more than thirty languages. “Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide” was a national bestseller, translated into twenty languages, and selected by The New York Times as a Notable Book of 1999. Her book “Exuberance: The Passion for Life,” was selected by The Washington Post, The Seattle Times, and The San Francisco Chronicle as one of the best books of 2004 and by Discover magazine as one of the best science books of the year. Her most recent book, “Robert Lowell: Setting the River on Fire,” was a Pulitzer Prize finalist and selected as one of the best books of 2017 by The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Seattle Times, The Irish Times, New Statesman, and The Times Literary Supplement.

Reception to follow in the Schaefer Awards Gallery

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