Patch Adams presents "Your Love Strategy"
Lecture: Fri Apr 11; 7 p.m. Herrick Chapel
Dr. Patch Adams, the physician and clown portrayed in the popular 1998 movie, will make a public presentation on Fri., Apr. 11, at 7 p.m. in Herrick Chapel. A nationally known speaker on wellness, happiness, and humor, Adams will present "Your Love Strategy," providing his personal and professional insights into the importance of loving oneself, the planet, and others.
A social activist, Adams has devoted more than 30 years to changing the rising cost of healthcare and humanizing medicine. He is also the founder and director of The Gesundheit Institute, a holistic medical community in West Virginia that has provided free medical care to thousands of patients since 1971.
Adams adds his experience as a street clown to his training as a physician. In working with health and mental health professionals, he explores the relationship between humor and therapy using his unique blend of knowledge, showmanship, and hands-on teaching techniques.
The Patch Adams appearance is free, open to the public, and no tickets are required. Due to limited seating, attendees should expect that there may be a waiting line outside of Herrick Chapel.
During his visit, Adams will also talk with Grinnell College students during a noontime presentation titled "The Joy of Caring" and make a "clowning" stop to visit patients at Grinnell Regional Medical Center. Adams' visit is sponsored by Grinnell College and coordinated by Alexandra Kossoy, a senior sociology major from Topeka, Kan.