David B. Larson
David B. Larson, M.D., was a psychiatrist trained at Duke, who founded and directed the National Institute for Healthcare Research and was a leader in the religion and health research field. He died suddenly at the young age of 54 on March 5, 2002. The David B. Larson Memorial Lecture was established in 2003 to honor Dr. Larson’s pioneering work.
David B. Larson Memorial Lecture
The 12th Annual David B. Larson Memorial Lecture will be held Thursday, March 6, 2014. The speaker will be Stanley Hauerwas, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics, Duke University Divinity School. For details about the location and time of the lecture contact Dr. Koenig (Harold.Koenig@duke.edu).
Suffering Presence: Twenty Five Years Later
Thursday, March 6, 2014
5:30PM - 6:30PM
Duke University Hospital North, Rm 2001
Stanley Hauerwas, Ph.D., D.D.
Dr. Hauerwas published a book titled Suffering Presence: Theological Reflections on Medicine, the Mentally Handicapped, and the Church in 1986. In this lecture he will discuss the relation of theology and medicine to look again at what he was trying to do in that book, which was to challenge some of the dominant paradigms associated with the development of medical ethics. By making explicit some of the intuitions that informed what he was trying to do in Suffering Presence, Dr. Hauerwas hopes he can say better now what he had tried to say then about how the body that is the subject of illness and death is a storied body. This means that any attempt to care for the body that fails to so recognize the storied character of our bodies cannot help but distort the gesture of presence called medicine. By developing this understanding of the body he hopes it may help to determine what role a person’s faith makes for responding to illness and the care and healing of the ill. While not underestimating the power of prayer for healing in those who are sick, he expresses concern that when emphasis is placed on the difference that prayer can make in health, it is easy to forget that prayer has been given to us not to make a difference when we are sick, but in order that we might acknowledge the difference God has made by choosing to be our God. His subject, then, is not so much the difference “religion” can make for the recovery from illness, but rather how Christians should care for one another through the office of medicine.
Stanley Hauerwas, Ph.D., D.D., is the Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics at the Divinity School of Duke University. Though he is often identified as an ethicist, his work is more properly described as theology. Certainly his work involves questions many associate with ethics, but his primary intent is to show in what way theological convictions make no sense unless they are actually embodied in our lives. To that end, he was among the first to reclaim the importance of character and the virtues for the display of Christian living. He has also drawn attention to the importance of narrative for explicating the interrelation of practical reason and personal identity, and correlatively the significance of the church as the necessary context for Christian formation and moral reflection. Accordingly, his work draws on a great range of literatures--from classical, philosophical, and theological texts to contemporary political theory. He also works in medical ethics, issues of war and peace, and the care of the mentally handicapped. A graduate of Yale Divinity School (B.D. 1965) and Yale University Graduate School (M.A., M. Phil., Ph.D. 1968), Hauerwas did his undergraduate work at Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas. He taught for two years at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois before joining the faculty of the University of Notre Dame where he taught from 1970‑1984. He joined the faculty of Duke University in 1984 where he served as Director of Graduate Studies from 1985-1991. He is a member of the Society for Christian Ethics, the American Academy of Religion, and the American Theological Society. He has delivered lectures world-wide and was invited to give the prestigious Gifford Lectures at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland in the year 2000-2001. He has received honorary degrees from DePaul University (1988), University of Edinburgh (1991), and University of Virginia (2006).