Friends of ACU Library will host Kate Bowler, Ph.D., New York Times bestselling author, podcast host, and professor at Duke University, for its annual fundraising banquet on March 3, 2022. The special event, “Incurable Optimism: An Evening with Kate Bowler,” will be held in the Hunter Welcome Center’s McCaleb Conference Center on ACU’s campus.

Kate studies the cultural stories we tell ourselves about success, suffering, and whether (or not) we’re capable of change. She is the author of Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel and The Preacher’s Wife: The Precarious Power of Evangelical Women Celebrities. After being unexpectedly diagnosed with Stage IV cancer at age 35, she penned the New York Times bestselling memoir, Everything Happens for a Reason (and Other Lies I’ve Loved) and her latest, No Cure For Being Human (and Other Truths I Need to Hear). Kate hosts the Everything Happens podcast where, in warm, insightful, often funny conversations, she talks with people like Malcolm Gladwell and Anne Lamott about what they’ve learned in difficult times. She lives in Durham, North Carolina with her family and continues to teach do-gooders at Duke Divinity School.

“If you’ve read any of Kate’s books or listened to her podcast, you know she brings a contagious cheer to our challenging time. Having been diagnosed with Stage IV cancer years ago, her perspectives on chronic health challenges, parenting, loss, grief, and disappointment touch a universal nerve,” said James Wiser, dean of Brown Library at ACU. 

Proceeds from this dinner will benefit the ACU Library Friends endowment. Sponsorships and tables are available and limited individual seats will be sold in February after tables have been pre-sold. If you or your organization are interested in sponsoring this event, please contact James Wiser at 325.674.2344.

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