“I have always felt the action most worth watching is not at the center of things but where edges meet. There are interesting frictions and incongruities in these places…”
From the introduction to The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman
A new exhibit at Bailey Howe Library, inspired by UVM’s 2015 First Year Read, shares the stories and research of UVM faculty and staff who are working with local New American and immigrant communities and offers insight on how culture may come into play in professional practice. The exhibit runs from November 11th, 2015 through March 6th, 2016 and is free and open to the public.
“The Spirit Catches You: Conversations Inspired by the First Year Read” was curated by Emily Crist and Megan Allison, members of the Information and Instruction Services department at Bailey/Howe Library. Crist and Allison conducted in-depth interviews with a dozen UVM professors and affiliates about their work with refugee and immigrant populations. The exhibit provides interview excerpts and directs viewers to full videos, transcripts and accompanying resources online via QR codes.
All first year students, and many campus community members, have joined in the conversation about this year’s First Year Read, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down. The book tells the story of Lia Lee, a Hmong child, and her family, Lao refugees living in California. As a severe epileptic, Lia’s life becomes intertwined with the American medical community. The story explores the cultural collisions that arise and the devastating consequences of cultural misunderstandings.
Read interview quotes and get a sense of how themes from the book span disciplinary boundaries.