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18:00 - 20:00 27 November 2018

Lauren Slater on 'Lies and Lying'


IAS Common Ground | Wilkins Building (link Map)
Gower St | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Alumni | Public | Academic | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Ticketed

Speaker information

Lauren Slater, Writer, Institute of Advanced Studies, A psychologist and writer, Lauren Slater is the author of several memoirs: Welcome to My Country: A Therapist's Memoir of Madness, Prozac Diary, Love Works like This: Travels Through a Pregnant Year, Lying: A Metaphorical Memoir, The 60 Thousand Dollar Dog: My Life with Animals, and Playing House: Notes of a Reluctant Mother. She has also published a book of fiction: Blue Beyond Blue; and two books of nonfiction: Opening Skinner's Box: Great Psychological Experiments of the 20th Century, and Blue Dreams: The Story and the Science of the Drugs that Changed our Minds.

The Institute of Advanced Studies is delighted to welcome Lauren Slater for this talk.

In Lying, first published in 2000, Lauren Slater forces readers to redraw the boundary between what we know as fact and what we believe through the creation of our own personal fictions. Mixing memoir with mendacity, Slater examines memories of her youth, when after being diagnosed with a strange illness she developed seizures and neurological disturbances – and the compulsion to lie. Openly questioning the reliability of memoir itself, Slater presents the mesmerizing story of a young woman who discovers not only what plagues her but also what cures her – the birth of her sensuality, her creativity as an artist, and storytelling as an act of healing.

The IAS Lies Public Lecture Series is part of our 2017-18 research theme Lies and is generously supported by Mishcon de Reya's Mishcon Academy.


Albert Brenchat


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