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Creativity and the Clinical Imagination A Lecture by Nick Flynn

Visions and Voices

Nick Flynn is the author of several books, including The Reenactments, a memoir that delves into neurobiology, human consciousness and the forming and re-forming of memory. Throughout his work, Flynn exposes truths, finds connections and illuminates our humanity within the dissonant space that is modern medicine.
As part of the Medical Humanities, Arts and Ethics Series, which engages core health issues in society today, we will present an afternoon with acclaimed author Nick Flynn. His most recent book, The Reenactments, completes a trilogy begun with his memoir of homelessness, Another Bullshit Night in Suck City (2004), and The Ticking Is the Bomb (2010), a memoir of interviews with prisoners released from Abu Ghraib. In The Ticking Is the Bomb, he explores not only the elemental nature of torture, but also the moral and ethical fallout on societal and personal levels. InThe Reenactments, a memoir of the process of filming his first book, he delves into neurobiology, human consciousness and the forming and re-forming of memory with each telling. Another Bullshit Night in Suck Citywon the PEN/Martha Albrand Award, was shortlisted for France’s Prix Femina and has been translated into fifteen languages. Flynn is also the author of a play, Alice Invents a Little Game and Alice Always Wins, as well as several books of poetry. His poems, essays and nonfiction have appeared in The New YorkerThe Paris Review, National Public Radio’sThis American Life and the New York Times Book Review, among others. Flynn is a professor in the creative writing program at the University of Houston, where he teaches each spring. Throughout his work, Flynn seeks to expose truths, find connections between seemingly disparate events and ideas and illuminate our humanity. He engages with the narrative of his life in much the same way that medical professionals strive to engage with the narratives of patients and of their own lives in the dissonant space that is modern medicine. 

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Thursday, April 3, 4 p.m.
Mayer Auditorium, Health Sciences Campus
For more info, click here.

Organized by Pamela Schaff (Pediatrics and Keck Educational Affairs), Suraiya Rahman (Pediatrics), Erin Quinn (Family Medicine) and Lyn Boyd-Judson (Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics). Co-sponsored by the Keck School of Medicine’s Program in Medical Humanities, Arts and Ethics; the USC Pacific Center for Health Policy and Ethics; and the USC Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics.

Photo: Dion Ogust