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IAS Lies Public Lecture Series: Lauren Slater on 'Lies and Lying'

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UCL Institute of Advanced Studies Lies Public Lecture Series

Lauren Slater on 'Lies and Lying'

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.

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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.

Slater is the editor of The Complete Guide to Mental Health for Women (Beacon Press) and the 2006 Guest Editor of Best American Essays. She has received numerous awards, including a 2004 National Endowment for the Arts award, multiple inclusions in Best American volumes, and a Knight Science Journalism Fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her essays have been chosen multiple times for inclusion in the Best American Series and her essay Bloodlines won a 2017 Pushcart Prize. Slater is currently at work on her 10th book.

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.



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