University Forum: Susannah Cahalan - Brain on Fire: Autoimmune Disease and Brain Trauma

University Forum: Susannah Cahalan - Brain on Fire: Autoimmune Disease and Brain Trauma

September 18, 2018 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Where: 
Bennett Auditorium
Price: 
FREE
Contact:
Andrew Haley honorforum@usm.edu

Journalist and author Susannah Cahalan will discuss her memoir, Brain on Fire, that details her experience with a rare autoimmune disease.

Susannah Cahalan was twenty-four years old and enjoying a successful career as a journalist at the New York Post when she "cracked." Months later, after more than one false diagnosis, it was discovered that she was suffering from a rare autoimmune disease that led her body to attack the reasoning and emotional centers of her brain. Cahalan recovered and told of her harrowing experience in a bestselling memoir and 2018 Netflix film, both titled Brain on Fire. Following Cahalan's University Forum address, she will be joined onstage by Southern Miss alumna Jasmine Whiteside. Jasmine, like Cahalan, suffered from anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis and the two survivors will share their experiences. 

 

This event is free and open to the public!