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ADRI Lunchtime Dialogue to Address Graphic Medicine

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The Arts and Design Research Incubator (ADRI) will continue its series of lunchtime “Dialogues” on Tuesday, Nov. 3, with a presentation by William J. Doan, professor of theatre, who will discuss “Adventures in Graphic Medicine: When a Body’s Story Needs Pictures.” The event, free and open to the public, will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in 16 Borland Building.

After writing a play about his family’s experience when his sister suffered a severe traumatic brain injury, Doan discovered the drawings he’d done as part of his creative process had the potential to tell that story in a new and compelling way. He will discuss how graphic medicine—comics, short stories, novels—has become an important outlet for both those who are sick and their families and health care providers. For more information, visit

ADRI, part of the College of Arts and Architecture Research Office, provides support for high-impact arts and design research projects. For more information, visit or call 814-865-5126.