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CONTACT: Mary Anthony

June 15, 2010


Reading TUgether Focuses on Cross Cultural Awareness


SAN ANTONIO – Anne Fadiman will discuss her book, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26, in Trinity University’s Laurie Auditorium. Her lecture is part of Welcome Week, a series of events launching Trinity’s 2010-2011 academic year. The presentation is free and open to the public, with a book signing immediately following the lecture.


As part of the Reading TUgether program, first-year Trinity students and the entire Trinity community are encouraged to read, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down. “What makes the Reading TUgether program particularly relevant is how the selection of the book and speaker ties into the mission of our University to educate students for global citizenship. As future global leaders and citizens, students must be intentional about understanding diverse cultures and perspectives as well as utilizing the gift of their education to make a positive difference in the world. It is an important mark of a liberal arts education and the response to this program has been overwhelmingly positive,” said David Tuttle, interim vice president for Student Affairs.


As the inaugural Francis Writer in Residence, Yale University’s first endowed appointment in nonfiction writing, Ms. Fadiman serves as both a professor in the English department and a mentor to students considering careers in writing or editing. Her essays and articles have appeared in Harper's Magazine, The New Yorker, and The New York Times, among many other publications. She has won national magazine awards for both reporting and essays.


The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down won the National Book Critics’ Circle Award and chronicles the trials of an epileptic Hmong child and her family living in Merced, Calif. The Washington Post called the book "an intriguing, spirit-lifting, extraordinary exploration." The book continues to be taught at universities both as literary journalism and as a casebook for cross cultural awareness in general; it is also widely read by medical practitioners who wish to offer more effective care to patients from other cultures.


The campus bookstore will sell copies of The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, and the Coates Library at Trinity will have copies for loan to Trinity faculty, staff, and students. For more information about this lecture, contact Trinity’s Office of University Communications at 210-999-8441.



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