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Summer Reading

Each year, the co-directors of the InFocus program select a book related to the upcoming year’s InFocus theme. All incoming first-year students are required to read the book and submit an assignment prior to their arrival on campus in the fall as part of the First Year Writing Seminar (FYWS) Program. The book chosen for the 2017-2018 year is Being Mortal: Medicine and what Matters in the End by Atul Gawande, which connects to the year’s InFocus theme of Health and Healthcare. In Being Mortal, Gawande shares stories and reflects on aging and dying through the lens of his experiences as a surgeon. As students, faculty, and writing fellows across disciplines engage with Being Mortal, the co-directors hope that they will be prompted to consider new perspectives on aging and health. In addition to the common reading over the summer, students, faculty, and writing fellows in FYWS will continue to engage with the text and its themes when they attend a panel session with a variety of healthcare professionals to hear their reflections and experiences on aging, dying, and healthcare.

A core approach of both InFocus and FYWS is that faculty across disciplines can engage with themes, writing, and reflection through their specific knowledge domain. There are FYWS classes in a variety of fields of study, which leads to robust discussion across campus regarding health and healthcare as students, faculty, and writing fellows engage with the summer text and annual theme from myriad perspectives. Over the 2017-2018 year, InFocus will continue the conversation about health and healthcare on campus by hosting events and providing opportunities for all students, faculty, staff, and the broader community to engage with these issues.

InFocus: Health and Healthcare Presents: 

“Being Mortal”: A Dialogue 

Monday, September 25th, from 4:30-7 p.m. 

Free film screening and panel discussion

Prosser Auditorium (Haupert Union Building)  |  Open to the Bethlehem and Moravian College communities 

The film will begin at 4:45 p.m. and the panel discussion will begin at 6 p.m. 


Atul Gawande

Author of “Being Mortal” Medicine and What Matters in the End 

Join InFocus for a free film screening of the PBS FRONTLINE documentary Being Mortal, followed by a panel discussion. Based on surgeon and author Atul Gawande’s best selling book, the documentary explores the realities and relationships of people facing terminal illness. 

The panel will feature medical, religious, legal, nursing, and social work professionals who work with terminally ill patients and their families. Panelists will reflect on their experiences as well as the themes in the documentary. 

Attendees can purchase Gawande’s book at Moravian Book Shop with a 15% discount at the time of purchase. Bethlehem Public Library has multiple copies of Gawande’s book in print, e-book, and audio CD format. 

In partnership with Moravian Book Shop and Bethlehem Area Public Library


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