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“Art and medicine may seem disparate worlds, but Dr. Verghese insists that for him they are one. Doctors and writers are both collectors of stories, and he says his two careers have the same joy and the same prerequisite: ‘infinite curiosity about other people.’”
Abraham Verghese, who will be speaking at Stanford+Connects Europe in September 2013, is not only a successful physician and Stanford School of Medicine professor, but also a bestselling author. Now he is crusading to bring a more personal touch back to the increasingly cold and scientific field of medicine.
Get to know him in this New York Times profile: “Physician Revives a Dying Art: The Physical."
“Take your vitamins. Exercise. Just work to love yourself as much as you can—not more than the people around you but not so much less.”
Sharon Olds, ‘64, winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for poetry, reflects on why she writes poetry, how her poetry has evolved and why she never wants to seem "phoney-baloney."
Listen to her poets.org podcast, "Advice to Young Poets: Sharon Olds in Conversation," and read an excerpt from her prize-winning collection, Stag’s Leap.
“One of the things I discovered through my research is that most North Koreans can't tell their story. It's important for others to hear it, though. So I had a sense of mission to speak about the topic.”
Associate professor of English Adam Johnson, author of The Orphan Master’s Son, shares how “just some dude from California” came to write a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel on North Korea.
Read more in the Stanford Report: “Stanford scholar Adam Johnson wins Pulitzer Prize in fiction.”
“A billion people are chronically malnourished and can’t afford adequate food right now.”
Rosamond Naylor, PhD '89, professor of earth systems and director of the Center on Food Security and the Environment, takes a clear-eyed look at world hunger, discussing the challenges that lie ahead and how to overcome them.
Read her interview in the Smithsonian: "Rosamond Naylor on Feeding the World."
At 101, Ephraim Engleman is older than radio, television and even the N.Y. Yankees. But Engleman, the last surviving member of the class of ’33, still works as a physician, plays violin and lives a life to envy.
Get to know him in STANFORD: “The Last of a Class.”