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September 2019

Reframing Addiction: Poetic Narratives of Recovery

September 25 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Rubenstein Library, Rm 249, 411 Chapel Dr
Durham, NC 27705 United States
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Twelve Step groups regularly describe alcohol and drug addiction as the “family illness,” due to the systematic way addiction takes destructive hold of nearly everyone who comes within range: not only people with SUD, themselves, but also their families and friends. Treatment programs (both inpatient and IOP) typically include components directed at families which offer guidance on how self care and behavior modification focused may offer relief from the day to day chaos of living with someone else’s addiction. In…

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October 2019

Expressive Writing Fall Series with John Evans

October 11 @ 10:30 am - November 15 @ 12:00 pm
Trent Hall Room 037A – Health Humanities Lab, 310 Trent Dr.
Durham, NC 27710 United States
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Imagine an efficient, proven process to increase wellness and build resilience.  Expressive writing is such a process and promises to help manage the challenges of our complex lives, including high stress, decreasing immune function, increasing chronic symptoms, deteriorating health, grief and overcoming trauma. It has been proven to increase immunity, improve overall health, and subsequently improve quality of life. So, if you’re feeling stressed out, have undergone major life stressors, are feeling down and are looking for a way to…

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Metagnosis: Retrospective Revelations from Blade Runner to ADHD and Beyond

October 17 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Alumni Memorial Common Room, 152 Langford Building, Divinity School, 407 Chapel Dr
Durham, 27708 United States
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What is the connection between Aristotle and Blade Runner? What do belated diagnoses of ADHD have to do with unexpected genetic test results? I propose the term metagnosis to describe the experience of learning of a longstanding undetected condition. In contrast to diagnosis, metagnosis effects a shift in the terms of knowledge, productively unsettling our understanding of medical knowledge, narrative, and identity. Just as speculative fiction tales of A.I. passing-as-human serve to unsettle the categories which have been transgressed, metagnosis invites generative skepticism towards biomedical boundaries as sole arbiter of the real. The implications extend beyond the medical realm…

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November 2019

“Hidden Aesthetic Responses in the Brain” with Anjan Chatterjee

November 4

We are surrounded by people and places. Beyond communicating with people and navigating through places, we cannot help but evaluate them. In this talk, I will review basic conceptual underpinnings of neuroaesthetics, a relatively new field that examines the biological bases of aesthetic experiences. I will argue that our brains respond automatically to our aesthetic environment, by discussing recent results from my lab that focus on faces and architectural interiors. We have hidden brain and behavioral responses to facial beauty.…

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