MARK BOWDEN LECTURE AND BOOK SIGNING
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 7:30 P.M.
CLAYTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
HARDIN VALLEY CAMPUS
Mark Bowden is the author of “Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War,” which was a finalist for the National Book Award in 1999. He also wrote the essay “The Measured Man,” featured in the College’s 2014-2015 Common Book, “The Best American Science and Nature Writing” (2013 edition), and originally published in “The Atlantic.” Bowden’s essay recounts the work of Larry Smarr, an astrophysicist and pioneer of the Internet who advocates “digitally enabled genomic medicine” through in-depth study of his own body.
Bowden recounts Smarr’s self-diagnosis of Crohn’s disease, an incurable chronic inflammation disorder of the digestive system, and his intensive self-study of everything from his bodily excretions to his DNA. Smarr foresees a future in which health care is personalized and each person is in charge of his own treatments, but he faces criticism that such a future could lead to unnecessary medical intervention and anxiety.
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