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Seventh Annual Lead From the Heart Ethics Lecture

The Joy of Caring

Patch Adams, M.D. the real man behind the hit movie Patch Adams, starring Robin Williams, is both a medical doctor and a clown. He is also a social activist who has devoted 30 years to changing America’s health care system. He believes that laughter, joy, and creativity are an integral part of the healing process. Dr. Adams adds to his training as a physician his experience as a street clown. In working with health care and mental health professionals, he explores the relationship between humor and therapy using his unique blend of knowledge, showmanship and “hands-on” teaching techniques. Dr. Adams and his colleagues have practiced medicine that way at the Gesundheit! Institute together in West Virginia for 12 years and in that time saw 15,000 patients. From that experience onward Dr. Adams has devoted his life to the study of what makes people happy and furthering the institute’s continuing mission.

In 2006, the Institute began Global Outreach Clowns (GO!CLOWNS), which offers opportunities for volunteer social and medical activism around the world. GO!CLOWNS cultivates therapeutic alliances while combining health care with clowning, collaborative play, music, and art. The program is responsible for building clinics, providing humanitarian and medical care, and engaging communities in collaborative community development projects.

Monday, March 28, 2016

6 p.m. The Joy of Caring
Marian University Theatre in Marian Hall

Reception and book signing immediately following the lecture.
Marian University Theatre Upper Lobby

This event is at capacity. Registration is now closed. 

Patch Adams Screening

Patch Adams movie posterJoin us for a special screening of the movie Patch Adams on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at 6 p.m. in the Michael A. Evans Center for Health Sciences, Lecture Hall 1. 


Patch AdamsPatch Adams, M.D. is a nationally known speaker on wellness, laughter, and humor, as well as on healthcare and healthcare systems. He approaches the issues of personal, community, and global health with "zestful exuberance," according to Time Magazine. Dr. Adams believes that "the most revolutionary act one can commit in our world is to be happy."

Dr. Adams has authored two books: Gesundheit! (Healing Arts Press, 1998) and House Calls (Robert D. Reed Publishers, 1998). There will be a book-signing during the reception after Dr. Adams's presentation.

Co-Sponsors

Arthur P. Gold Foundation

Benjamin Rush Institute

The Center for Organizational Ethics at Marian University
The Office of Institutional Advancement at Marian University
The Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine Student Government Association
The Faith and Ideas Series/The Office of Campus Ministry at Marian University

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