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President's Speaker Series

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Santa Clara Lecture Series

The Santa Clara Lecture Series is sponsored by the Bannan Institute, which is committed to examining Catholic identity and Jesuit character.

Ethics at Noon

The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics sponsors the Ethics at Noon lecture series. These lunch-hour programs provide a forum for SCU faculty members and other experts to explore ethical issues in many fields.

de Saisset Museum

The museum offers several lectures and programs based on current exhibitions.

"Struggling to Catch Up: Families, Identities, and Narrative Care" lecture presented by Hilde Lindemann

Feb 20, 2014
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Daly Science Center
Daly Science 207

Families perform many morally valuable functions for their own members, not the least of which is providing care when they are ill or injured. I argue that a second family function—that of sustaining their members’ personal identities—is deeply implicated in that care. After explaining the narrative nature of identity maintenance, I discuss three cases where family caregivers must find the right sto-ries to repair the identity of one of their own: where the identity has been repudiated, where the identi-ty lies at the limits of responsibility, and where the patient has lost her second nature. As I examine these cases, I argue that if healthcare professionals recognize and respect this familial caring labor, they can do a better job of providing the patient with their own form of care.


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Janis Davis
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