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St. Thomas University News Release

Office of University Advancement
St. Thomas University
Fredericton, NB, E3B 5G3
Tel (506) 452-0522, Fax (506) 460-0335



For Immediate Release: May 15, 2002

Renowned Anthropologist to Address Conference

Mary Catherine Bateson, Ph.D., will launch "Narrative Matters", an international, interdisciplinary conference of researchers and practitioners on Friday May 17 at 7:00 p.m. at the Sheraton Hotel, Fredericton.

Dr. Bateson, the daughter of legendary anthropologist Margaret Mead, will speak on "Narrative, Adaptation, and Change". Her talk will explore how individuals and communities orient themselves to the future by the way they "story" the past. Dr. Bateson is the author of Composing a Life, Full Circle and Peripheral Visions.

The conference will explore the pivotal role of "story" in countless aspects of human life. It was organized by faculty and students from St. Thomas University and the University of New Brunswick.

David Kuhl, M.D., Ph.D., a palliative care physician who recently appeared on the television show Oprah, will speak on "Exploring Spiritual and Psychological Issues at the End of Life, Using a Narrative Process". Dr. Kuhl is the author of What Dying People Want. He will speak on Saturday, May 18 at 7:30 p.m.

The conference will conclude with a banquet on Sunday May 19 at 6:30 p.m. with comic storyteller Shaun Majumder who will speak on "The Healing Power of Humour". Majumder has often appeared on The Comedy Network.

Admission to the talks by Drs. Bateson and Kuhl is $15 (each) or $10 for seniors or students, payable at the door. For further information or to reserve tickets for the banquet ($35) or the speakers, please call: 452-0632. Reservations for the banquet must be made by Friday morning at 10 a.m.

For more information please contact:

Mary McIntosh
Director of Communications
St. Thomas University
(506) 452-0522
Email: marymc@stu.ca