Skip to main content
Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Dementia and Caring: Arts Performance and Panel Discussion (Duke HHL)

October 23, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

An Arts Performance on Dementia, “Vamping,” by Kali Quinn, followed by panel presentations and discussion with U. of Toronto  Medical Anthropologist Janelle Taylor, Jessica Ruhle (Director of Education and Public Programs at the Nasher, including “Reflections: The Nasher Museum’s Alzheimer’s Program), Lisa Gwyther (LCSW) , and the carer of a patient with dementia. The event will be publicized to recruit students as well as faculty and community members to explore dementia through anthropology and performance art.

Date: October 23rd, 2019

Where: Richard White Lecture Hall, Auditorium

Time: 7-9 PM (Show follow by a panel discussion)

Kali Quinn’s Bio and performance, “Vamping”:  With 91 years of experience, Eleanor now sits in a nursing care facility longing for her home of sixty-three years. As she moves through medical testing and care for Alzheimer’s Disease, she pieces together her fractured memories, reckons with her regret, plays through her childhood, and finds her own way to complete her life. Performed by solo theater artist Kali Quinn, this show has moved audiences throughout the US over the past ten years with the hope to grapple with ageism and through witnessing Compassionate Creativity, create a new intergenerational culture, care, and around the possibilities of elder hood.


Janelle Taylor’s Bio: Janelle S. Taylor is a medical anthropologist, appointed as Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto. Her research has focused on a number of different aspects of medicine including: fetal ultrasound imaging, advance care planning and medical decision-making at the end of life, conceptualizations of “culture” within medical education, the use of “Standardized Patient” simulations to teach clinical skills to medical students, and more. Recently, much of her research has attended to questions relating to dementia, including: practices of recognition and caring; exclusion of people with dementia from geriatrics research; and friendship in the face of dementia. She has worked with physician colleagues on mixed-methods health research, and recently held (as PI) a grant from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) to support research using data from medical research and medical records to shed light on the situation of older adults with dementia who do not have family available to provide caregiving support. Taylor is the author of a prizewinning scholarly book, co-editor of a scholarly volume, and author or co-author of numerous articles appearing in journals of medicine and medical education as well as medical anthropology and cultural anthropology. A thread running through all of her research is a concern to document and understand how ideas, words and images have material force in the world; how “persons” are socially made (and unmade); and how medicine and health care are involved in all of this.


Jessica Kay Ruhle’s Bio: Jessica loves art and loves sharing it with people. She joined the Nasher Museum Education Department in 2010 and became Director of Education in 2015. She leads Reflections: The Nasher Museum’s Alzheimer’s Program, directs the gallery guides, and leads the planning of all educational programs hosted by the museum. Under her leadership, the Education department has expanded to provide museum accessibility to a wider audience, including teen programs, bilingual programs, strengthened community partnerships, and events for visitors with low sight and differences in hearing. She gives frequent public talks about art museums and visitors with dementia and spoke on the topic for TEDx Greensboro in March 2018. She sits on the board of advisors for the NC Alzheimer’s Association. She was the 2014 and 2018 NC Museum Educator of the Year, awarded by the North Carolina Art Education Association. Before arriving at the Nasher, Ruhle worked in the museum education field at a variety of institutions including a hands-on children’s museum, the NC Museum of History, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. She holds a B.A. in Art History from Davidson College, and a M.A.T. in Museum Education from The George Washington University.


Lisa Gwyther’s Bio: Lisa Gwyther, MSW, LCSW, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Co-Director for the Social Work Professional Unit.  Ms. Gwyther (along with Co-Director William Meyer, MSW, LCSW) provide mentorship to the department’s social workers and communicates the needs of the department’s social workers to senior leadership. Ms. Gwyther is approaching her fourth decade of service dedicated to help the increasing number of individuals and families living with Alzheimer’s and related diseases.   The focus of her work has been in the community as a representative of the Duke Center for Aging,  the Bryan Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center and the Duke Family support program.   She has had continuous annual contracts from the NC DHHS Division of Aging since 1984, reaching families, health and social service professionals in communities throughout North Carolina.  She is the founder and Director of the Duke Center for Aging’s Alzheimer’s Family Support Program, which was named “Agency of the Year” by the NC Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers in 1999.


Richard White Lecture Hall, Auditorium
1308 Campus Dr
Durham, NC 27708 United States
+ Google Map