CHF 2014: Journeys

Eula Biss: Where We Are From

Eula Biss may well be the Joan Didion of her generation. In her award-winning book Notes from No Man’s Land, the brilliant essayist took us on a journey across America’s endlessly complicated racial landscapes. Her new book is similarly pressing and no less generous. On Immunity focuses on vaccinations, interweaving the history of medicine with her personal reflections as a new mother. Biss will be joined in conversation by Katie Watson, professor of medical humanities and bioethics at Northwestern University.

A student matinee featuring Eula Biss is generously underwritten by Baxter International, the Illinois Arts Council Agency, and Lorraine and Jay Jaffe.

“Eula Biss’ Notes From No Man’s Land is the most accomplished book of essays anyone has written or published so far in the 21st century.”—Salon

Speakers and Performers

Eula Biss

Eula Biss is the author of On Immunity: An Inoculation (forthcoming from Graywolf Press in September 2014); Notes from No Man's Land, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism; and The Balloonists. Her essays have appeared in the Believer and Harper's. She teaches at Northwestern University and lives in Chicago.

Katie Watson

Katie Watson is an attorney, an assistant professor in the Medical Humanities & Bioethics Program of Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, and a member of the Northwestern Memorial Hospital Ethics Committee. Watson is also on the faculty of The Second City. She has integrated disciplines by creating seminars for medical students such as “Playing Doctor: Improvisational Theater for Doctor/Patient Communication” and “Gallows Humor in Medicine.”

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Leaders And Thinkers

Notes from No Man's Land
Official website

Good Reads

Eula Biss discusses 'On Immunity'
Is essayist Eula Biss Joan Didion's heiress apparent?
Salon's review of Notes from No Man's Land
Sneak Peek: On Immunity: An Inoculation
From the publisher. Includes link to an excerpt from the book.