Dr. Cheryl Mattingly — “Hope, Suffering and the Play of Possible Selves: A Narrative Perspective on the Good Life”

March 6, 2014
4:00 pmto5:00 pm

Mattingly_Poster_WEBGerlinger Lounge
1468 University St.
UO campus

Dr. Cheryl Mattingly is a professor of anthropology in the Division of Occupational Science and Therapy at the University of Southern California. Her talk will draw on a 15-year research study with African-American families in Los Angeles. This study explores the experiences of parents of children with chronic illness, and formed the basis of her award-winning book, The Paradox of Hope: Journeys through a Clinical Borderland. The talk will highlight the story of one mother whose child was diagnosed with brain cancer early in life. Dr. Mattingly uses this story to show how parents struggle to revision hope as a moral practice, even in the context of disease and racial disparities in clinical practice.

This talk is sponsored by the Narrative, Health and Social Justice RIG of the UO Center for the Study of Women in Society, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Departments of Women’s and Gender Studies, English, and Anthropology.