Michael Ondaatje And Colleagues Visit Columbia University To Read From Their Works

November 20, 2000
Contact: Carolyn Conway




Novelist and Poet Michael Ondaatje and Colleagues Visit Columbia

University College Of Physicians & Surgeons To Read From Their Works

WHO & WHAT:   Michael Ondaatje, author of the best-selling

book and Academy

Award-winning film, “The English Patient,” will host Program in Narrative

Medicine: Writer-in-Residence Hour at Columbia University’s College of

Physicians & Surgeons (P&S).  As writer-in-residence, the

author will

introduce works of fiction and poetry that relate illness and medicine


ordinary human life. In addition to teaching literature seminar for medical

students, faculty and hospital staff, he is bringing other writers to speak

to the

medical center community and the general public about medicine, illness






Tuesday, November 28, 5 p.m.

Michael Schull, M.D.

Schull will discuss emergency medicine in regions at war.

Canadian President of Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without


Atchley-Loeb Conference Room

PH 8E 107A, 622 W. 168th Street

Tuesday, December 5, 5 p.m.

Joan Didion –

Didion will read from her novel Democracy.

Main Lounge, Bard Hall

50 Haven Ave. (west end of 169th Street)

Thursday, December 7, 5 p.m.

Michael Ondaatje

Ondaatje will read from recent writing and speak about his experiences

at the

medical center.

Alumni Auditorium, Black Building

650 W. 168th St.

Monday, December 11, 5 p.m.

Walter Murch, film editor

Murch will screen film clips and talk about the editing process

Neurological Institute Alumni Auditorium

710 W. 168th St.


Tuesday, December 19, 5 p.m.

Reading by CPMC Writers

CPMC medical students and staff will read from prose and poetry on illness

and healing. Ondaatje will lead a discussion of the writers’ work.

Atchley-Loeb Conference Room

PH 8E 107A, 622 W. 168th St.

CONTACT:        For more information

about the events in the series, contact Program

Coordinator Rebecca Garden, reg8@columbia.edu, 212-305-6787.

For more information about the Program in Narrative Medicine,contact

Program Director Dr. Rita Charon, rac5@columbia.edu, 212-305-4942.




Academy Award, Alumni Auditorium, Canadian President, Michael Schull