The Ordinary Evening Reading Series is excited to present non-fiction writers Lisa Sanders and Jonathan Spence on Tuesday October 14 to brighten your Autumn evening with tales of medical deeds (and misdeeds) and life in 17th century China.
Lisa Sanders, M.D. is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Yale University School of Medicine and a clinician educator in Yale’s Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency program. She writes the popular "Diagnosis" column which appears monthly in The New York Times Magazine. The popular Fox television show “House M.D.” was inspired by her column and she now serves as a technical advisor for the show. At Yale, Dr. Sanders’ research and practice focus on the treatment of overweight and obese patients and she is the author of The Perfect Fit Diet: How to Lose Weight, Keep it Off And Still Eat the Foods You Love.
Before entering medical school, Lisa was an Emmy Award-winning producer at CBS News, where she covered medicine and health. She is currently writing a book, titled Diagnosis, in which she looks at how doctors make, and sometimes don’t make, the right diagnosis.
Professor Jonathan Spence teaches at Yale in the field of Chinese history from around 1600 to the present, and on Western images of China since the middle ages. His most recent book is Return to Dragon Mountain: Memories of a Late Ming Man (2007).
A past president of the American Historical Association, Jonathan is recognized as one of the foremost scholars of Chinese civilization from the 16th century to the present, and has written extensively on the role of history in shaping modern China. His critically acclaimed book The Search for Modern China has become one of the standard texts on the last several hundred years of Chinese history. He has written and published extensively, including a biography of Mao Zedong and Treason by the Book, which explores an intriguing episode of 18th-century history.
A native of England, Spence holds a bachelor's degree from Cambridge University and master's and doctoral degrees from Yale. His many honors include the Los Angeles Times History Prize in 1982, fellowship in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and membership to the Council of Scholars at the Library of Congress. He was named a MacArthur Fellow in 1988. In June 2001, he was made a Companion of the Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George, an honor given by the Queen of England for outstanding achievement.