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Let's Talk About It series

Event Type: Library-sponsored Adult Event
Date: 10/24/2017
Start Time: 6:00 PM
End Time: 8:00 PM
 The Blue Hill Public Library has been selected by the Maine Humanities Council to offer “Let’s Talk About It,” a free reading and discussion series that will be hosted by UMaine Lecturer in English, Marge Irvine, at the Blue Hill Public Library starting Tuesday, September 12th at 6:00 PM. The theme of the series is "Exploring Human Boundaries: Literary Perspectives on Health Care Providers and Their Patients,” and it will be offered every two weeks on Tuesdays going through November 7th. A different book will be discussed at each meeting with copies available ahead of time through the Library.

This series explores notions of illness and wellness from different perspectives, examining (in part) how both are defined by cultural and social values and by the notion of “expertise.” Who has expertise, and how is this determined? A disease or a sick person? Health care professionals do not always focus on what is most important to the patient and the patient’s family. These classic 20th-century accounts of illness, death, and dying dramatically illuminate these complex issues.

The books to be read are as follows: The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman; The Plague by Albert Camus; The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins; The Diving Bell and The Butterfly by Jean-Dominque Bauby; and W;t by Margaret Edson.

Margery Irvine teaches Maine literature and writing at the University of Maine and has been a scholar/facilitator for the Maine Humanities Council for many years. She developed the discussion series, “Making a Difference” for the Maine Humanities Council.

This program is free and open to the public, but registration is required and space in limited. Participants may register through the library’s events calendar (below), or by calling the library at 374-5515. This series of events is sponsored by the Maine Humanities Council in cooperation with the Maine State Library and Blue Hill Public Library.
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Location: Wilder Room
Registration Ends: 9/11/2017 at 5:00 PM
Contact: Hannah Cyrus
Contact Number: 374-5515
Presenter: Marge Irvine
Status: Closed

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