Events to Include Musical Theater, Poetry and Values Lecture

Doctor to Offer Prescription for Compassionate Care; Students to Perform ‘Red, Hot and Cole’

A musical about Cole Porter, a reading by an Irish poet, and a lecture on compassionate care in modern medicine make up a diverse week of events sponsored by the School of Arts and Humanities.

‘Preserving Compassion in Modern Medicine’

Wendy Harpham

Dr. Wendy Harpham

The week’s events will kick off with a continuation of the 2013 Center for Values in Medicine, Science and Technology lecture series. On Wednesday, March 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Jonsson Performance Hall, Dr. Wendy Harpham will discuss “Preserving Compassion in Modern Medicine: The Promise of Healthy Survivorship.”

Harpham is a doctor of internal medicine, long-term cancer survivor and author. Ongoing illness forced her to redefine her career in the early 1990s. She turned to writing and speaking as ways to continue to educate, comfort and inspire others. From both sides of the stethoscope, Harpham has explored how patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals can strengthen clinician-patient bonds that help patients become what she calls "healthy survivors” — namely, patients who get good care and live as fully as possible.

Harpham will discuss a variety of forces driving wedges between modern patients and their physicians. Then she will offer her insights and suggestions on healing clinician-patient bonds.

Cole Porter

Cole Porter

‘Red, Hot and Cole’

Beginning Thursday, March 21, and running until Saturday, March 23, UT Dallas students will perform “Red Hot and Cole.”

The performance blends biography and song, and spans the life of American songwriter Cole Porter.

The show will feature such Broadway and movie musical hits as Anything Goes, Kiss Me Kate, High Society and Can-Can.

Shows are at 8 p.m. in the University Theatre.

Poet Desmond Egan

On Friday, March 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the Jonsson Performance Hall, Irish poet Desmond Egan will read his own work.

Egan has published more than 20 collections of poetry. Much of his work has been translated into multiple languages. He was awarded the U.S. National Poetry Foundation Award for his “Collected Poems” in 1983. Egan is also the creator and director of the Gerard Manley Hopkins International Festival in Ireland. 

Desmond Egan

Desmond Egan

The reading coincides with UT Dallas’ annual RAW: Research, Art, Writing symposium, sponsored by the Graduate Student Association (GSA) in the School of Arts and Humanities. RAW offers students a chance to present their scholarly and creative work and receive feedback from panel moderators and audience members. 

“Desmond Egan is a wonderful example of the scholar-poet that graduate students hope to become. To have the opportunity to converse with and learn from someone with as much experience and talent as Desmond is exciting,” said Courtney Dombroski, vice president of the GSA. “Scholarship has continually become more and more global, with translations, international conferences, and interdisciplinary studies.”

Egan will also give the keynote address of the conference and host a creative writing workshop on Saturday, March 23.The RAW conference is March 22-23 at UT Dallas. For more information, visit the Graduate Student Association website.

All of the events this week are free and open to the public. For more information, email [email protected] or call (972) 883-2552.

Media Contact: The Office of Media Relations, UT Dallas, (972) 883-2155, [email protected].