On Tuesday, January 23, 2018, Dr. Julie Sutherland will present a talk entitled, “Healthy Individuals for Healthy Communities: Restoring and Reinvigorating the Mind through Bibliotherapy.” The lunchtime presentation will be held in the library student lounge at Cape Breton University.
Bibliotherapy is the complementary treatment of stress, anxiety and other conditions through slow reading. Those who practice it believe that attentive immersion in great literature, especially poetry can relieve, restore and reinvigorate the human mind.
“Attendees will leave the session with a clearer sense of bibliotherapy’s potential power,” says Dr. Sutherland. “More importantly, they will be given the opportunity within the session to experience how poetry can restore their own spirits.”
Attendants to the lunch will be introduced to the concept of bibliotherapy and how Cape Breton can utilize this method to achieve a strong and health-conscious society.
Dr. Sutherland is an adjunct Professor at Cape Breton University, co-owner of Doktor Luke’s Coffee House in Sydney and a freelance writer and editor. With a busy lifestyle, Dr. Sutherland still finds time to be an international ambassador of ReLit, the official foundation for bibliotherapy with a mission to practice and research the ancient art of book healing.
The lunch presentation begins at 12 noon with a plant-based lunch provided through Caper Crepes. The presentation is free of charge and is open to the public.
For more information on the series please contact Terry Gibbs.