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Spotlight: Personally Speaking: Death and Relationships

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Dr. Christine Salkin Davis, associate professor of communication studies at UNC Charlotte, will share an evocative personal story that seeks to understand and explain the process of communicating with the dying and their families, in the Personally Speaking series on Tuesday, March 20, in Atkins Library on the UNC Charlotte campus.

In her book Death: The Beginning of a Relationship, and in her lecture, she threads the personal story of her father's death with her ethnography of a hospice organization, exploring how communication potentially reinforces and enhances the humanity, life, and sanctity of relationships. Davis is director of UNC Charlotte's communication studies graduate program and an associate professor of gerontology in the interdisciplinary health psychology Ph.D. program.

Personally Speaking supports the University’s mission to stake its claim as an educational, social and cultural resource to the greater Charlotte area.

In its second season, the Personally Speaking lecture series was developed to further connect the community with UNC Charlotte faculty and their work. Four events are hosted each year where faculty members speak and answer audience questions on books they have recently written. The setting is casual, with a reception offered after the discussion.

Doors open at 6:15 PM, with the talk at 6:30 PM. A reception and book signing will follow. Attendance is free, but attendees must register at this link, register via email or by calling 704-687-0085. Parking is available in visitor decks on campus, and parking tokens will be provided. This is the fourth event in the 2011-2012 Personally Speaking Series, A Published Scholars Presentation Series and Reception presented by the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and J. Murrey Atkins Library.