Driedger Lecture Series

Inaugurated in 2016, the Driedger Lecture is delivered annually by a distinguished historian on an important historical topic. This series, along with student scholarships, is sponsored by the Driedger Fund, which was established by the children of Dr. Gerhard and Hilda Driedger to honour their parents' lifelong love of history.

Guest Speaker: Professor Brett L. Walker (Montana State University)
Title:  A Family History of Illness: Memory as Medicine (see attached poster for details)


Day.Date:  Friday, October 19, 2018
Time:  3:30 p.m.
Location:  PE-250

This lecture is based on A Family History of Illness, a gritty historical memoir that examines the body's immune system and microbial composition as well as the biological and cultural origins of memory and history, offering a startling, fresh way to view the role of history in understanding our physical selves.  In his own search, Walker soon realizes that this broader scope is more valuable than a strictly medical family history.  He finds that family legacies shape us both physically and symbolically, forming the root of our identity and values, and he urges us to renew our interest in the past or risk misunderstanding ourselves and the world around us.

A Family History of Illness will be available for purchase at the lecture and U of L Bookstore.

Reception to follow presentation.  Everyone is welcome.

This event is co-sponsored by the Faculty of Arts & Science, the Prentice Institute, and the Faculty of Health Sciences.