Trinity University to Spend the Summer Reading TUgether


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May 30, 2013

Trinity University to Spend the Summer Reading TUgether


Selection looks at the changing landscape of cancer, author to discuss findings in campus lecture


The Emperor of All MaladiesSAN ANTONIO - The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, which won a 2011 Pulitzer Prize, has been picked as this summer's Reading TUgether selection by Trinity University. The author, Siddhartha Mukherjee, is a cancer physician and researcher at the CU/NUY Presbyterian Hospital and an assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University.

Mukherjee will be the keynote speaker for the Reading TUgether program during a lecture at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, in Laurie Auditorium. The event is free and open the public.

In his book, Mukherjee recounts the "biography" of the disease that has plagued and riddled humanity for thousands of years, from ancient Egypt to modern times. He introduces audiences to key figures such as Sidney Farber, the father of modern chemotherapy, and William Halsted, who created and perfected the radical mastectomies that became the norm in cases of breast cancer for decades.

Siddhartha Mukherjee

The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer also tells about the accidental discovery during World War I of mustard gas as a method for killing cancer cells, and from there the experimental evolution into the specialized chemicals that target and kill cancer cells without affecting normal cells.

The Reading TUgether program has become an annual summertime event at the University. Each year a book is selected based on a central theme. This year's theme is defiance. The program is a required experience for all incoming students and members of the Trinity community - including students, faculty, staff, and alumni - are invited to participate in the shared reading experience. The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer is available at the Trinity bookstore.