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[Past Event] Addiction Memoir | Livestream Zoom

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Course Description:

Addiction memoirs date back to Thomas De Quincey’s "Confessions of an English Opium-Eater" in 1821, and they can provide us with insight into the process of addiction and recovery from it. From among the many contemporary addiction memoirs, the unique and well-crafted example we will read and discuss is "The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath" by Leslie Jamison, Professor of Non-Fiction Writing at Columbia University. Jamison examines not only her addictions and recovery but also those of many other writers, including novelist David Foster Wallace, the poet John Berryman and short-story writers Raymond Carver and Denis Johnson. In our discussion, we will consider what it is we may learn from the addiction memoir about the impact that substance use has on different domains of life—including the process of writing—and about the various paths to recovery.


Tuition: $35.00

Additional Fees: $0.00

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Wednesdays, Aug. 25; Sept. 1, 8 *3:30 - 5:00pm* (3 sessions)


Course will meet via Zoom and will NOT be recorded or available for viewing later. A Zoom link will be emailed to each participant prior to the class session.


William Brigham, M.S.W., M.A., has taught university courses in sociology, addiction and film studies for over four decades. He served as Administrator of the National Football League Program for Substances of Abuse for over 20 years.