October 8, 7:30 - 9:30 pm (date changed)
Richard McCann & Neil Theise
ACROSS BODIES features Richard McCann, whose memoir-in-progress, The Resurrectionist investigates illness and mortality through a narrative exploration of his experience as a liver transplant recipient, and Dr. Neil Theise, a pioneering liver pathologist, who draws inspiration from complexity theory and non-Western models of the body for health and healing.
Richard McCann is the author of Mother of Sorrows, a work of fiction, and Ghost Letters, a collection of poems (1994 Beatrice Hawley Award, 1933 Capricorn Poetry Award). He is also the editor (with Michael Klein) of Things Shaped in Passing: More 'Poets for Life' Writing from the AIDS Pandemic. His fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry have appeared in such magazines as The Atlantic, Ms., Esquire, Ploughshares, Tin House, and the Washington Post Magazine, and in numerous anthologies, including The O. Henry Prize Stories 2007 and Best American Essays 2000. He is currently working on a memoir, The Resurrectionist, which explores the experience and meanings of illness and mortality through a narrative exploration of his experience as a liver transplant recipient.
Neil Theise, M.D. While his daily work is as a clinical diagnostic liver pathologist and Professor of Pathology and of Medicine at the Beth Israel Medical Center of Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, he is also an internationally recognized pioneer of multi-organ adult stem cell plasticity research, publishing on that topic in the leading scientific journals Science, Nature, and Cell and helping to stoke the stem cell debates of the last decade. His research revised understandings of human liver microanatomy which, in turn, led directly to identification of possible liver stem cell niches and the marrow-to-liver regeneration pathway. Drawing inspiration from complexity theory, he is also interested in non-Western models of the body for health and healing, and Western scientific parallels to insights from Buddhist and other contemplative/mystical traditions. He is a Senior Student of Roshi Pat Enkyo O'Hara of the Village Zendo in New York.
hosted by the
San Francisco LGBT Community CenterCeremonial Room
1800 Market St (near Octavia Blvd.)
San Francisco, CA