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Author Jodi Picoult to Deliver Annual Women & Health Lecture

Author Jodi Picoult to Deliver Annual Women & Health Lecture

Jodi Picoult, best-selling author of 13 novels that focus on the complexities of family, relationships and love, will be the featured speaker at the 17th Annual Women & Health Lecture Series, sponsored by The Center for Health Policy & Ethics at Creighton University Medical Center.

The lecture will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 12, at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. The event is free and open to the public; there is no admission charge to the gardens after 5 p.m. Early arrival is recommended as last year’s lecture attracted 450 people.

Lecture co-sponsors are Creighton University Medical Center, Creighton University, The Nebraska Humanities Council, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska, Lauritzen Gardens, Alegent Health and The Bookworm Bookstore.

Picoult will speak on “The Facts Behind the Fiction” of her 2004 novel, My Sister’s Keeper.

My Sister’s Keeper tackles the controversial issue of genetic planning. In the book, 3-year-old Kate Fitzgerald has a rare form of leukemia. Her sister, Anna, is conceived to be a perfect genetic match for Kate and, for years, Anna’s blood, platelets and bone marrow are used to help keep her sister alive.

The novel begins when 13-year-old Anna hires an attorney to sue her parents for the right to have control over her own body while her parents consider using one of Anna’s kidneys to keep 16-year-old Kate alive. What follows is a thought-provoking, heart-felt story that raises many ethical and moral questions.

Picoult, the recipient of the New England Bookseller Award for Fiction, is also the author of such novels as The Tenth Circle (2006), Vanishing Act (2005), and Songs of the Humpback Whale (2001). She will sign books following the lecture.

The Center for Health Policy & Ethics Annual Women & Health Lecture series highlights issues that are critical to the health and well being of women.

The Center for Health Policy and Ethics devotes itself to excellence in teaching and scholarship, service to others and the promotion of justice with a special focus on socially marginalized members of society.

Posted: 9/11/06