Seeing Alzheimer’s Differently: Changing Images, Changing Visions, Changing Practices

When: June 2, 2010 (6:00 PM Eastern)
Where: Keck Center (Atrium) • 500 Fifth St. NW, Washington, DC 20001

Topic Diseases
Activity: The Richard & Hinda Rosenthal Symposium
Board: HMD Executive Office

The 2010 Rosenthal Lecture, "Seeing Alzheimer’s Differently: Changing Images, Changing Visions, Changing Practices," will feature Dr. Cathy Greenblat, Social Documentary Photographer and Professor Emerita, Rutgers University.

Space is limited, please register in advance.

About the Speaker

Dr. Greenblat was born in New York. A sociologist with a B.A. from Vassar College and a Ph.D. from Columbia University, she is currently Professor Emerita of Sociology at Rutgers University, a Visiting Researcher at the International Observatory of End of Life Care, University of Lancaster, UK, and an Artist in Residence at the Hospital Network of Nice, France (CHU de Nice).

Dr. Greenblat is the author of 14 books and more than 100 published journal articles. She has lectured and run workshops in the United States, South America, Eastern and Western Europe, Russia, Africa, Israel, the Philippines, China, Japan, and India. She has been a visiting professor or visiting scholar at Princeton University, the University of New Hampshire, the University of Chicago, the Université Francois Rabelais in Tours, France, the University of Valencia, Spain, and the Université Jean Monnet in St. Etienne, France. Dr. Greenblat’s initial photographic work evolved from her research, her travels, and her desire to illustrate some of her sociological writing. She regularly taught an advanced seminar at Rutgers in Visual Sociology.

In 2002, Dr. Greenblat made photography a central element of her professional and personal work, choosing to retire early from Rutgers to pursue her photographic interests and projects. She has been working on a multi-faceted, cross-cultural, visual sociology on care for the dependent elderly since 2001 and in 2006 she started work on a project on end of life care. She currently lives in Nice, France most of the year.

About the Exhibit

The 2010 Rosenthal Lecture accompanies an exhibit sponsored by Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences (CPNAS). In the exhibit, Love, Loss and Laughter: Seeing Alzheimer’s Differently, photographer and sociologist Cathy Greenblat challenges stereotypes of the aged, the infirm, and those in the last stages of life. She offers a new vision of Alzheimer’s care, documenting the person-centered approach in the United States, France, India, and Japan. Greenblat’s photographs are a unique, compassionate, and positive portrayal of those with Alzheimer’s disease, a condition that often evokes fear and despair.

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Photography provided by Dr. Cathy Greenblat. All rights reserved.

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