Narrative in the Age of Distraction: A Conference

Narrative in the Age of Distraction

From Piers Gelly ’13:

On November 7-8, the College of Letters, the Writing Programs, and the Science in Society Program, will be co-sponsoring with The Connection Institute for Innovative Practice “NARRATIVE IN THE AGE OF DISTRACTION,” a conference on the role and importance of narrative in an age of increasing technological and attentional distractions. The conference will feature healthcare practitioners and researchers who use narrative in their practice, as well as leading narrative practitioners who will discuss their adherence to long-form narrative in the digital age.

Among the participants are Rita Charon, M.D. Ph.D., Director of the Narrative Medicine program at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons; the medical sociologists Arthur Frank, Shadd Maruna and Michael Rowe; Mary Gaitskill, novelist/National Book Award finalist; John McElwee, fiction coordinator at The New Yorker; Molly Barton ’00, Global Digital Director of Penguin Random House; Cami Delavigne, screenwriter of Blue Valentine; Tom Barber, M.D., of Boston University Medical School; Michele Klimczak, MSW, of The Connection; Judi Hannan, author of Motherhood Exaggerated; Jimmie Briggs, award-winning journalist and human rights advocate; Lisa Weinert of Lisa Weinert Consulting; Uzoamaka Maduka of The American Reader; Jennifer Gonnerman, award-winning journalist and author; Guy Story of Audible; and Noah Rosenberg of Narrative.ly.

To register, and for more information, please visit here

Registration is FREE, and all are welcome. Please register if you plan on attending any part of the conference.

Date: Thursday, November 7 to Friday, November 8
Time: I P.M. Thursday to 6 P.M. Friday
Place: World Music Hall (for registration)

Conference Schedule after the jump:

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2013
1:00-2:00pm, World Music Hall: Registration
2:00-3:45pm, CFA Hall: “Narrative as ‘Waste Management’ in the Lives of Redeemed Former Prisoners,”  – Shadd Maruna, Ph.D., Queens University Belfast
4:15-5:30pm, CFA Hall: Jimmie Briggs & Judi Hannan
5:30-7:00pm: Break
7:00-8:15pm, CFA Hall: Katchen Coley Memorial Lecture – “The Care of the Sick as a Work Of Art” – Rita Charon, M.D., Ph.D., Columbia University

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2013
8:00-8:45am: Registration, World Music Hall;  Breakfast, Zelnick Pavilion
9:00-10:15am, CFA Hall:  Plenary – “Illness and the Distraction of Narrative – or Vice Versa,” Arthur Frank, Ph.D., University Of Calgary
10:15-10:45am: Break
10:45-12:00pm: Breakout Session
Session A, Downey 113: “Finding the Illness Narrative in Medical History Taking,” – Tom Barber, M.D., Boston University Medical School
Session B, World Music Hall: “What Narrative, and Whose?: Adventures in Mental Health, Criminal Justice and Community-Based Participatory Research”- Michael Rowe, Ph.D., Yale University
Session C, Downey Lounge: “Narrative Work with Traumatized Children” – Michele Klimczak, MSW, The Connection, Inc.
12:00pm-1:00pm: Break
1:00-2:30pm, CFA Hall: Panel: “Narrative in the Digital Marketplace”
Co-moderators: Lisa Weinert & Molly Barton; Discussants: John Mcelwee, Uzoamaka Maduka, and Noah Rosenberg
2:30-3:00pm: Break
3:00-4:15pm: Breakout Session
Session A, CFA Hall: Cami Delavigne
Session B, World Music Hall: Jennifer Gonnerman
Session C, Downey 113: Guy Story
4:45-6:00pm, CFA Hall: Mary Gaitskill