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Author's Forum Presents On Purpose: Lessons in Life and Health from the Frog, the Dung Beetle, and Julia: A Conversation with Vic Strecher and Jim Ottaviani

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
12:00 AM
Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library, 913 S. University, Library Gallery, #100

Strecher’s experience of being "broken open" after the death of his daughter Julia set him on a life transforming journey through ancient and modern philosophy, literature, psychology, neuroscience, and Egyptology. Along the way, Vic was introduced to an unlikely role model: a six-legged superhero whose unique relationship with a ball of excrement forever altered Vic's outlook. A self-help guide, college lecture, confessional, and time-travel adventure all rolled into one, On Purpose uses a beautiful, fantasy-fueled, graphic novel format to tell a story of self-discovery and personal growth you'll never forget.

Book signing & sale courtesy of Crazy Wisdom Bookstore.

Vic Strecher, PhD, MPH is a Professor and Director for Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. As a teacher and researcher, Vic has spent much of his time studying the science and psychology of healthy personal change for both individuals and large populations. In 1999, Vic founded Health Media, Inc., a groundbreaking health and wellness company that, for the first time, allowed large health plans and employers to cost effectively encourage and support healthy behavior change for the thousands of their members and employees. Health Media was eventually sold to Johnson & Johnson, Inc., the largest healthcare company in the world and, as Wellness & Prevention, Inc., continues to help tens of thousands of individuals live healthier, more fulfilled lives.

In 2010, Vic suffered the terrible loss of his nineteen year-old daughter, Julia, to a rare heart condition. This tragedy set Vic on a new course of discovery that continues to this day. On Purpose traces Vic’s path toward fully reengaging with life while documenting for himself—and anyone who reads this book—the transformative power of purpose. Vic lives with his wife, Jeri, in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Jim Ottaviani is a librarian at U-M. has written nonfiction, science-oriented comics since 1997, notably the number one New York Times bestseller, Feynman and Fallout which was nominated for an Ignatz Award. He has worked as a nuclear engineer, caddy, programmer, and reference librarian. Primates is his first collaboration with artist Maris Wicks.

The Author's Forum is a collaboration between the U-M Institute for the Humanities, University Library, & Ann Arbor Book Festival. Additional sponsorship for this event provided by the School of Public Health.