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October 1, 2014
DR. MÜTTER’S MARVELS by Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz
Starts: 5:00 PM
Ends: October 1, 2014 - 7:00 PM
Description: Based on 15 years of research and illustrated with dozens of historical (and exclusive) photographs, DR. MÜTTER’S MARVELS: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine (Gotham; September 4, 2014) delves deep into the life of a man
who was truly ahead of his time.
Written by poet and author Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz, the book reveals Mütter’s early years as an orphan and time spent studying cutting-edge surgery in Paris, as well as his struggles to establish himself in Philadelphia amidst the outrageous rivalries among his fellow doctors, many of whom publicly mocked Mütter’s philosophies and innovationsincluding his devotion to pre- and post-operative care, employing anesthesia, and even the sterilization of his tools.
Through Mütter’s humanist eyes, we are given a front row seat to the evolution of American medicine: from bleedings and leechings to the standardization of medical schools; from the discovery of anesthesia to his community’s frustrating resistance to washing hands and sterilizing tools; from the unimaginable medical cases provoked by the rise of industrialism, to the challenges and innovations birthed as the country marched toward the Civil War.
Although he only lived for 47 years, Mütter’s impact on medicine is still felt, and his legacy lives on with his enormously popular namesake museum. And now, with DR. MÜTTER’S MARVELS, his strange, inspiring and untold story can finally be shared.
About the Author:
Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz is the author of six books of poetry (most recently, The Year of No Mistakes) as well as the nonfiction book, Words In Your Face: A Guided Tour Through Twenty Years of the New York City Poetry Slam, which Billy Collins wrote “leaves no doubt that the slam poetry scene has achieved legitimacy and taken its rightful place on the map of contemporary literature.” On the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) podcast Art Works, host Josephine Reed introduced Cristin as being “something of a legend in NYC’s slam poetry scene. She is lively, thoughtful, and approachable looking to engage the audience with her work and deeply committed to the community that art ... can create.” In July 2010, she was named the 2010-2011 ArtsEdge Writer-in-Residence at the University of Pennsylvania, where she spent the year researching and writing a book on Thomas Dent Mütter, founder of the Philadelphia’s (in)famous Mütter Museum. She was also awarded a 2011 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry and an Amy Clampitt House residency, both of which helped to support the finishing of this book.
Visit her website: www.aptowicz.com
Facebook: Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz
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Description: David Hoppe has been in an arts leadership position in Indianapolis for two decades, heading up the Arts Council, being first chairman of the literary festival which brought Kurt Vonnegut back to Indianapolis (at which time he became a friend of Vonnegut’s), teaching in the Hoosier capital and writing weekly city analysis columns for NUVO newspaper. His new book Personal Indianapolis: Thirteen Years of Observing, Exhorting and Satirizing the Hoosier Capital reflects the rich variety of his experience and civic concerns. The essays are pithy, incisive and sometimes humorous as they range through a variety of Indy topics: unban improvement for the city, development based on sports, (he’s for it and he’s against it); the delay over mass transit, squabbles over banned books of all persuasions, art movies which baffle him, the power of dogs for lifting our spirits; the joy of living in Broad Ripple neighborhood and “art food.” His frustration with baby boomer crassness (he’s one of them) and the Cubs’ woeful fortunes, which “rise with the crocuses each spring” show the gentle vein of self deprecating humor which mark these distinctive essays.
These provocative columns, now gathered into a book will serve in the fall of 2014 as a
focus for issues workshops at places like the Vonnegut Museum, Indianapolis Marion County Public Library and the Civil Liberties Union. His previous books are Food for Thought: An Indiana Harvest from IU Press and Where We Live: Essays about Indiana, IHS Press.