Thursday, April 16, 2015
Sinclair Conference Center
444 W. Third St.
Dayton, Ohio 45402
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Seventh Annual Medical-Spirituality Conference:
“Being Witness to Vulnerability Through Storytelling…
Exploring the Narrative Potentiality of Healthcare”

Featured Presenter: Lynn M. Harter, Ph.D.

Lynn M. Harter, Ph.D.Lynn M. Harter, Ph.D.

Lynn M. Harter, Ph.D., is Barbara Geralds Schoonover Professor of Health Communication in the School of Communication Studies at Ohio University. Guided by narrative and feminist sensibilities, her scholarly agenda focuses on the communicative construction of possibility as individuals and groups organize for survival and social change amidst embodied differences.

Her research encompasses a range of issues, including pediatric cancer care, disability-related concerns, the organizing of health care for underserved populations, poverty and homelessness. The various strands of her program of research are connected by a primary concern: how symbolic, material and corporeal resources foster resiliency among individuals facing vulnerable and difficult life circumstances.

She coproduced the award-winning PBS documentary “The Art of the Possible,” which chronicles the journeys of five families living with a member’s cancer, its treatment and what remains in the aftermath. She is author of Imagining New Normals: A Narrative Framework for Health Communication, has published more than 75 journal articles and book chapters and edited three award-winning scholarly books. She lives in Athens, Ohio, with her husband, Scott, daughter, Emma Grace, and basset hounds, Ned and Cleo.