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Lucy Kalanithi MD will discuss her personal and professional perspective on loss, grief and improving healthcare choices for patients and their families. Kalanithi is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Stanford and widow of the late Dr. Paul Kalanithi, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir, When Breath Becomes Air. Kalanithi wrote the epilogue to this book which was a finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize.
Susan Orlean, a staff writer for the New Yorker since 1992, will discuss her most recent publication, The Library Book. This bestselling book details the disastrous 1986 Los Angeles Library fire and examines the importance of libraries in our communities. Orlean has written for magazines including Vogue, Rolling Stone, and Esquire, and is the author of at least ten books including The Orchid Thief, a NYTimes bestseller, which was made into the movie Adaptation starring Meryl Streep.
Kim Sajet, the first woman to serve as the Director of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, will join us in January. Sajet is responsible for a collection of 23,000 objects at the Smithsonian Gallery, including the famous ‘cracked plate’ photograph of Lincoln taken shortly before his death, the permanent “America’s Presidents” exhibition and the recently unveiled Obama portraits, which have had a profound impact on museum attendance from around the world. The Gallery is participating in the recently launched Smithsonian American Women’s Initiative “Because of Her Story” which will deepen our understanding of women’s contributions to the nation and the world.