Category Archives: Health

Thursday, April 4, 2013, 6:30 – 8:00pm

John Zeisel: A New Philosophy of Alzheimer’s Care

Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $5.

Health, Media Library, Science

Alzheimer’s expert John Zeisel, author of the seminal I’m Still Here, embraces holistic treatment and emphasizes the abilities that don’t diminish with the disease—understanding music, art, facial expressions, and touch. He also frames Alzheimer’s as a case warranting the care of a “village,” sharing strategies on creating a Seattle program to reduce the stigma of dementia and help those with it live active, engaged lives.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 7:30 – 9:00pm

Katherine Bouton: Life After Deaf: The Hidden Disability of Hearing Loss

Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $5. Double feature!

Health, Media Library, Science

In her book Shouting Won’t Help, Katherine Bouton uses her experience with hearing loss as a guide to examine the challenges personally, psychologically, and physiologically, capturing what it’s like to live with an invisible disability.
Please note: This is a fully hearing-accessible event. We’ll have extra assistive-listening devices, an ASL interpreter, a T-coil loop, and Real-Time Captioning (CART) on hand for Bouton’s talk.

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Friday, March 1, 2013, 7:30 – 9:00pm

NWAPS: Dr. Mark Smaller: A Psychoanalytic Approach for a School Community and Troubled Adolescents

Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. Free.

Civics, Health

Dr. Mark Smaller, the newly elected president of the American Psychoanalytic Association, outlines strategies to help make psychoanalytic concepts and clinical findings more relevant and useful in addressing community issues of trauma and violence and their impact on families, children, education, and the community.

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Monday, February 18, 2013, 7:30 – 9:00pm

Ben Goldacre: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors & Harm Patients

Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $5.

Civics, Health

Ben Goldacre, author of Bad Pharma, puts the multibillion-dollar global pharmaceutical industry under the microscope—and reveals a terrifying mess. Companies run bad trials on their own drugs, unflattering data are simply buried—and patients are harmed.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012, 7:30 – 9:00pm

Book Club Pick: Tracie McMillan: Going Undercover in American Food Culture

Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $5.

Civics, Health, Media Library

In 2009, award-winning journalist Tracie McMillan embarked on an undercover journey to see what it takes to eat well in America when price matters above all else. A project that embraced working and eating at every rung of the socio-economic ladder has culminated in McMillan’s The American Way of Eating.

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Thursday, June 14, 2012, 6:00 – 7:00pm

Daniel Duane: How to Cook Like a Man

Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $5.


Forget Julie and Julia: Daniel Duane spent eight years cooking his way through all of revolutionary chef Alice Waters' cookbooks. Duane turned to Chef Waters' Chez Panisse cookbooks when—as a new father, armed only with pasta and stir-fry—he was desperate for help.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012, 7:30 – 9:00pm

Augusten Burroughs: Self-Help from the Man Who Ran With Scissors

Great Hall; enter on 8th Avenue. $5.

Health, Literary, Media Library

Ten years ago, Augusten Burroughs totally redefined the modern memoir with Running With Scissors; now he takes on the self-help genre. This Is How, not surprisingly, is not your usual self-help book; you’ll find no therapist-approved solutions or tips to cynically mollify pain or make yourself feel better. Instead, by demonstrating how only rigorous, sometimes-uncomfortable honesty truly can set a person free, Burroughs explains that some problems are, in fact, insurmountable—and that recognizing this can be the next best thing to overcoming them.

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Thursday, May 10, 2012, 7:00 – 8:30pm

**SOLD OUT** ParentMap: John Gottman: Making Marriage Work

Great Hall; enter on 8th Avenue. $20-$25.

Civics, Health

With wit and wisdom, Gottman offers tips for dealing with trust and betrayal, tools for taking your marriage to the next level …

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Thursday, April 26, 2012, 6:00 – 7:15pm

Future of Health: A.J. Jacobs: My Quest for the Perfect Body

Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $5.

Health, Media Library

Having already achieved enlightenment (The Year of Living Biblically) and sharpened his mind (The Know it All), A.J. Jacobs had one feat left in his self-improvement trinity: bodily perfection. Jacobs, a self-described “mushy, easily winded, moderately sickly blob,” vowed to retool every part of his long-neglected body, and over two years, the experiential journalist, author of Drop Dead Healthy, subjected himself to a regimen of exercise, diets, and experiments, from pole dancing to “chewdaism.”

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Friday, March 2, 2012, 7:30 – 9:00pm

NW Alliance for Psychoanalytic Study: Dr. E.K. Rynearson: Restorative Retelling after Traumatic Grief

Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. Free, RSVP required

Civics, Health

Psychiatrist E.K. Rynearson’s strategy for “restorative retelling” provides hope for family members after the violent death of a loved one. While “retelling” the events of the death can be therapeutic for family members, Rynearson says, it also can entrench them in grief.

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