Public Lecture on “Living Well in the Face of Illness” by Philosopher Dr. Kay Toombs

1443742414_conversationWe are pleased to present this year’s Jehangir Saleh Lecture at Ryerson University on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 from 6 – 8 p.m. (Doors open at 5:30 p.m.) in the Peter Bronfman Learning Centre, Heaslip House, 297 Victoria Street, Toronto, ON M5B 1W1.

Living Well In The Face Of Illness

Dr. Kay Toombs, Associate Professor Emerita of Philosophy, Baylor University


Drawing upon her firsthand experience of living with incurable illness, and her phenomenological work on the meaning of illness, Dr. Kay Toombs will reflect on what it means to embrace vulnerability and to live well in the face of illness. She will explore ways in which the values of contemporary culture and the context of modern scientific medicine inevitably shape the meaning of illness and disability, consider how we can best promote and achieve healing (wholeness) despite the challenges of illness, discuss the important task of care giving, and reflect on the role of the nurturing community in sustaining a culture that affirms personal integrity and relieves suffering.

Speaker Bio

Kay Toombs is Associate Professor Emerita of Philosophy at Baylor University in Texas where she taught philosophy and medical humanities. Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, she combines her philosophical training in phenomenology with her firsthand experience of illness and disability in order to reflect on the meaning of illness, the phenomenology of the body, the care of the chronically ill, the relationship between health professionals and patients, and the meaning of healing.

An international lecturer, her book The Meaning of Illness: A Phenomenological Account of the Different Perspectives of Physician and Patient (1992) has been translated into Chinese and Japanese. She is editor of The Handbook of Phenomenology and Medicine (2001), and her most recent work is Living and Dying with Dignity: Two Opposing Perspectives (2015).

The Jehangir Saleh Lecture

This lecture honours the life of Jehangir Saleh (1985-2013), an extraordinary student of Philosophy and graduate of the Arts & Contemporary Studies program (2009) at Ryerson University. The Jehangir Saleh lecture is made possible through an endowed gift from the family of Noorali & Saker Saleh and friends, in partnership with the Faculty of Arts, Department of Philosophy and the Arts & Contemporary Studies program.

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  • WHAT: The Jehangir Saleh Lecture
  • DATE: September 27 2016
  • TIME: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • WHERE: Tuesday, September 27, 2016 from 6 – 8 p.m. (Doors open at 5:30 p.m.)
    7th Floor – Peter Bronfman Learning Centre, Heaslip House
    297 Victoria Street, Toronto, ON M5B 1W1.
  • OPEN TO: Public