Faculty Pub Night: Kate Pickert

Tuesday, February 16, 2021 5:00pm to 6:00pm

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The seventh Faculty Pub Night of the 2020-2021 season features Kate Pickert, Assistant Professor of English in LMU's Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts. Pickert will discuss her recent publication, Radical: The Science, Culture, and History of Breast Cancer in America.

To register for this event: https://lmula.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_KKw3sSXJRbu_IkSMqYiojw

About Faculty Pub Night: 

Students, staff, faculty, alumni, and any members of the public are all invited to the 2020-2021 series of Faculty Pub Night at the William H. Hannon Library. Eight LMU professors are selected annually to discuss their latest publication or project in a comfortable setting and format that welcomes diverse perspectives for an inclusive conversation aimed to educate the entire community. All Faculty Pub Nights are free and open to the public.

About the Author's Work:

As a health-care journalist, Kate Pickert knew the emotional highs and lows of medical treatment well -- but always from a distance, through the stories of her subjects. That is, until she was unexpectedly diagnosed with an aggressive type of breast cancer at the age of 35. As she underwent more than a year of treatment, Pickert realized that the popular understanding of breast care in America bears little resemblance to the experiences of today's patients and the rapidly changing science designed to save their lives. After using her journalistic skills to navigate her own care, Pickert embarked on a quest to understand the cultural, scientific and historical forces shaping the lives of breast-cancer patients in the modern age.

Breast cancer is one of history's most prolific killers. Despite billions spent on research and treatments, it remains one of the deadliest diseases facing women today. From the forests of the Pacific Northwest to an operating suite in Los Angeles to the epicenter of pink-ribbon advocacy in Dallas, Pickert reports on the turning points and people responsible for the progress that has been made against breast cancer and documents the challenges of defeating a disease that strikes one in eight American women and has helped shape the country's medical culture.

About the Author: 

Before joining the journalism faculty at LMU, Kate Pickert was a staff writer for TIME magazine, where she wrote cover stories and other features about health care, politics, California and trends in modern American life. Pickert was the script editor of TIME’s 2011 Emmy award-winning oral history project “Beyond 9/11.” She won a New York Press Club award for her coverage of the Affordable Care Act and her 2012 cover story on the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade won the Newswomen’s Club of New York award for best magazine feature story. Before TIME, Pickert wrote for New York magazine, Bon Appetit, Outside and a variety of other magazines and newspapers. She is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. "Radical" is Pickert’s first book and was named an Editor’s Choice by the New York Times, which called the text “an evenhanded, powerful and unflinching page-turner.”

About the William H. Hannon Library:

The William H. Hannon Library fosters excellence in academic achievement through an array of distinctive services that enable learners to feed their curiosity, experience new worlds, develop their ideas, inform their decision-making, and inspire others. More information can be found at http://library.lmu.edu

For more information about this event, contact John Jackson, Head of Outreach & Communications for the William H. Hannon Library, at (310) 338-5234 or john.jackson@lmu.edu.

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