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Easton native Marc A. Flitter, the acclaimed author of Judith’s Pavilion: The Haunting Memories of a Neurosurgeon, will interact with Lafayette students and faculty during a two-day campus residency March 20 and 22.

A 1965 Lafayette graduate, Flitter is a neurological surgeon at Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pa. On Tuesday, March 20, and Thursday, March 22, he will speak with students who are taking the seminar Patient-Practitioner Interaction: The Role of Medical Technology, a course in the interdisciplinary Values and Science/Technology (VAST) program.

Taught by Alan W. Childs, associate professor of psychology, the course meets at 1:15 p.m. in room 1 of P T Farinon House. VAST courses incorporate approaches from the natural and social sciences, the humanities, and/or the arts. They exemplify Lafayette’s distinctive character as a liberal arts college with strong science and engineering programs.

On Tuesday evening, selected students will dine with Flitter in the Foundation Room, Marquis Hall.

Judith’s Pavilion, published in 1997 by Steerforth Press and issued in paperback in 1998 by Warner Books, is “a collection of beautifully written stories artfully strung together by a fine craftsman, a surprisingly engaging book by a first-time author who bears watching,” said Kirkus Reviews. “[Flitter] holds in his mind an imaginary hospital wing — named Judith’s Pavilion, after a woman whose failed surgery for a brain tumor still haunts him — peopled not only with his failures but with other ‘casualties of fate and technology who shared the terribly fragile nature that is our existence.’”

Reviewer Abraham Verghese said in The New York Times, “[the book] is as elegant and delicate as his surgery. Judith’s Pavilion lingers with the reader long after the book is over.”

After growing up on College Hill Flitter attended Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia and fulfilled his residency training at Temple University Hospital. His medical internship took place at Boston City Hospital.

Last fall, Flitter ran for U.S. Representative from the 21st District of Pennsylvania. He was defeated by the incumbent, Republican Philip English.

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