Mythcon 50: Looking Back, Moving Forward

Mythcon 50 Logo by Susan Dawe

Mythcon 50 Logo by Susan Dawe

Earlier this month I had the pleasure of attending the 50th Annual Mythopoeic Conference (Mythcon 50) in San Diego. The conference was a feast of knowledge and enchantment, gleefully populated by scholars and fans alike.

My contribution took the form of a 45-minute presentation of a paper titled “An Unexpected Poet: The Creative Works of Dr. Robert E. Havard” (full abstract below).

I was especially honored to receive the 2019 Alexei Kondratiev Award for this work, in recognition of the “best student paper presented at Mythcon.”


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The Faithful Imagination: The 11th Frances White Ewbank Colloquium on C.S. Lewis and Friends

Last summer I was delighted to attend the 2018 Frances White Ewbank Colloqium on C.S. Lewis & Friends, hosted by Taylor University (Upland, Indiana). I am happy to share that The Faithful Imagination (the book based on the conference proceedings) is now available from Barnes & Noble (link here). Congratulations to Joe Ricke and Ashley Chu for their work editing this marvelous book! This volume represents a veritable treasure trove of Inklings scholarship, and if you’re interested in C.S. Lewis or the Inklings, I wholeheartedly recommend that you pick up a copy.

While my own contribution to the conference—”The (Revised) Clinical Imagination: An Unpublished ‘Appendix’ to The Problem of Pain”—is forthcoming in VII: Journal of the Marion E. Wade Center, I’m honored to have contributed the Afterword (“Afterword: A Place of Many Windows”) to this volume.

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UCI News Feature: "A physician-scholar first"

I was honored to be interviewed by UCI News about my path as a “non-traditional” MD/PhD student and my interests in the Medical Humanities.

“The connections among medicine, history, literature and philosophy are vital, and I think there’s a deep need for physician-scholars who can effectively mediate within these spaces,” says Sarah O’Dell, a second-year student in UCI’s Medical Scientist Training Program.”

Read the full article here.

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