Public Lecture: Suffering, Dialogue and Narrative Research by Dr. Arthur Frank

The Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing presents a public lecture with Dr. Arthur Frank.

This lecture updates two previous journal articles: “Can We Research Suffering?” published in 2001, and “What is Dialogical Research, and Why Should We Do It?” published in 2005. Each questions and implicates the other. The Idea of dialogue offers the best opening Dr. Frank has found to doing research on suffering, or put the other way around, the problem of researching requires a conception of and commitment to dialogue as both an ethic and a method of research. The lecture explores how those ideas develop in narrative research specifically.

Wednesday, June 12, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM, Health Sciences Building 35

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Reception to follow to launch Western’s new Critical Qualitative Health and Equity-oriented Research Group. RSVP required for reception only:

CRHESI has a book club

We are coordinating a monthly opportunity to discuss a book or article, enjoy a beverage with one another, and invest in our collective critical thinking capacity.

We will meet on the third Friday of the month at 3:00 PM at Chaucer’s Pub (122 Carling Street, London, Ontario). This group is open to everyone in the community.

Our next meeting is Friday, May 17, at 3:00 PM. Our discussion theme will be the theory of ‘bullshit jobs’ as described by John Graeber in his popular essay and book on the subject.

Join us! If you are interested in participating, please sign up to the group for additional updates and reminders about meeting dates, discussion themes, book titles, etc.

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City Symposium on sustainable cities and communities

The next installment in the City Symposium series is Monday, May 6, beginning at 6:40 PM at the Wolf Performance Hall. The theme is sustainable cities and communities. Join us as the City Symposium once again brings together an artist, activist, researcher, and civil servant to provoke, inspire, and invite us to action.

Learn more about the speakers at this event.

When:  Monday, May 6, pre-event concert at 6:40 PM, talks at 7 PM
Where: Wolf Performance Hall, Central Library
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