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TMC Seminar (Online): “No Cure for Being Human” with Kate Bowler, PhD

Friday, October 22, 2021, 12PM | Online (Zoom)
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The world loves us when we are good, better, best, but what about when we get sick, lose someone we love, or life hasn’t turned out like we thought it should? Duke Professor Kate Bowler offers a richer understanding of hope in the face of uncertainty, despair, and suffering as we begin to understand that life is a chronic condition and there is no cure for being human. 

Kate Bowler is a New York Times best-selling author, podcast host, and associate professor of the History of Christianity in North America at Duke University. After being unexpectedly diagnosed with Stage IV cancer at age 35, she wrote the New York Times best-selling memoir, Everything Happens for a Reason (and Other Lies I’ve Loved), which tells the story of her struggle to understand the personal and intellectual dimensions of the American belief that all tragedies are tests of character. Her TED talk on the subject has received over 6 million views to date, and on her popular podcast, Everything Happens, she talks with people about what they have learned in dark times and why it is so difficult to speak frankly about suffering.  Her second memoir, No Cure For Being Human, will be released by Random House in September 2021.  


October 22, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Online (Zoom)


The Theology, Medicine, and Culture Initiative at Duke Divinity School
Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities & History of Medicine