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      May 23, 2019

      Thursday   5:15 PM

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      Aliceheimer's: Comics, Medicine, and Healing

      Aliceheimer's: Comics, Medicine, and Healing Dementia a public lecture by Dr Dana Walrath Mental Illness. Loss. Shame. They make us turn away. Yet, when Dana Walrath’s mother, Alice, and dementia moved in with her, little did she know that this would lead her not only to heal her relationship with her mother but also to start making comics. Creative writing, visual art, medical anthropology and comics?—who knew that they were connected? But through watching Alice devour every graphic narrative that came into the house, Dr. Walrath discovered the healing power of this visual storytelling form and put it to work in her graphic memoir Aliceheimer’s. With a community of help that included pirates, good neighbours, a cast of characters from space-time travel, and her dead father hovering in the branches of the maple trees that surround her Vermont farmhouse, Aliceheimer’s let Dr. Walrath and her mother write their story daily. But even more so, Dr. Walrath will show how sharing our stories—especially stories about phenomena surrounded by stigma, shame, and loss—heal both the giver and the receiver of the story so that together we can all rewrite the dominant medical narrative of dementia and ageing Dana Walrath, a writer, artist and anthropologist, likes to cross borders and disciplines with her work. Passionate about the power of art for social change, her creative works include: Aliceheimer’s, a graphic memoir about life with her mother and dementia; Like Water on Stone, a verse novel about the Armenian Genocide; and “View from the High Ground” an interactive installation on dehumanisation and genocide. She has spoken extensively about the healing power of stories throughout North America and Eurasia including two TEDx talks. She is currently an Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health at the Global Brain Health Institute, Trinity College Dublin / University California San Francisco where she is working on a second Aliceheimer’s book that will blend personal memoir with anthropological  on the end of life, care labor, stigma, and dementia across the globe.

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