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Ghost Pain: A Conversation with Leslie Jamison


Mar 19 2015


1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Forum for Scholars and Publics

011 Old Chemistry Building, Duke's West Campus Quad

Ghost Pain- Caregiving, Documentary, and Radical Empathy

Ghost Pain: Caregiving, Documentary, and Radical Empathy

A Book Discussion with Leslie Jamison

Leslie Jamison, New York Times-bestselling author of The Empathy Exams joined us on Thursday, March 19, at noon in 011 Old Chem in conversation with Jehanne Gheith, Associate Professor of Slavic and Eurasian Studies, MSW, and Lauren Henschel, Duke senior and documentary photographer. Gheith and Henschel brought Jamison’s work into conversation with their respective disciplines in an exploration of how we document, inhabit, and care for the pain of others. Henschel’s photos were on display at FSP for viewing in advance and during the discussion, from Wednesday, March 4. Jamison also gave a public talk on Wednesday, March 18, as part of a new visiting writers series organized by The Kenan Institute for Ethics and the Center for Documentary Studies.


Leslie Jamison

Columbia University

Leslie Jamison is the author of three nonfiction books — The Empathy Exams, Make it Scream, Make it Burn, and The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath — as well as a novel, The Gin Closet. She is a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and teaches in the graduate nonfiction program at Columbia University.…...

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Jehanne Gheith

Duke University

Jehanne M. Gheith is both an Associate Professor and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. As a professor, her work has been mostly on Russia and mostly about issues having to do with memory, social justice, and narrative (research topics have ranged from nineteenth-century Russian women writers to interviews with survivors…...

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Lauren Henschel

Duke University

Lauren Henschel is a visual artist working primarily in 16mm film and installation. Her work interrogates questions around guilt, illness, disability, shame, and mortality and seeks to defy or alter an audience's expectations of what art can reveal about the experience of inhabiting a body. She graduated from the Master…...

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