EDUCATION AND LEARNING

“Loupette and the Moon:” An art and medicine talk at COA

Posted Oct. 01, 2012, at 4:26 p.m.
Artist Nancy Andrews discusses her comic book with Dr. Walter Robinson at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 3 at COA.
Artist Nancy Andrews discusses her comic book with Dr. Walter Robinson at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 3 at COA.

Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012 6:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Location: College of the Atlantic - Deering Common Campus Center, 105 Eden Street, Bar Harbor, Maine

For more information: Nancy Andrews; 207-288-5015; newsworthy.coa.edu/2012/10/the-problem-with/

BAR HARBOR, ME—The question of what is normal will be discussed on numerous levels when Nancy Andrews and Walter Robinson, MD, discuss the graphic novella “Loupette and the Moon” created by Andrews, faculty member in art at College of the Atlantic. The talk, on Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 6:30 p.m. will be in the college’s Deering Common Campus Center, at the South End of campus. A book signing, with cider and cookies will follow the discussion.

The comic book by Andrews follows the narrative of Loupette, a girl with hypertrichosis, presenting ideas about the mind, sanity, and perception based on the experience of the author as a person with a genetic disorder who has experienced delirium and medical trauma.

The afterward, “Loupette and the Tyranny of the Average” written by Dr. Robinson, explores dichotomies of illness and normalcy in contemporary medicine. He asks us to consider the assumptions upon which contemporary medicine rest and brings to light the challenge set forth in “Loupette and the Moon”: that we see “the boundary between the normal and the pathological, between the diseased and the healthy … as contingent and therefore malleable.”

Robinson, who also holds a degree in public health, is a Distinguished Scholar at the Center for Applied Ethics, Education Development Center, and board member at COA. The book was produced for Artists in Context’s Artists’ Prospectus for the Nation with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Additional funding was provided by COA.

The talk, on Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the college’s Deering Common Campus Center, with a book signing to follow is free and open to the public. For more, contact Nancy Andrews at nandrews@coa.edu or 207-288-5015.

College of the Atlantic was founded in 1969 on the premise that education should go beyond understanding the world as it is, to enabling students to actively shape its future. A leader in experiential education and environmental stewardship, COA has pioneered a distinctive interdisciplinary approach to learning—human ecology—that develops the kinds of creative thinkers and doers needed by all sectors of society in addressing the compelling and growing needs of our world. For more, visit www.coa.edu.

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