Nobel Conference 56

Cancer Stories

Writing Our Way Forward: A Storytelling Workshop for People With Cancer
Join Gustavus theater and dance professor and storyteller Michele Rusinko for a storytelling workshop on “writing forward.” The workshop is open to people who have received a cancer diagnosis and who are currently at any stage in the process.
How it works: For three Tuesdays in September, you’ll receive a video instruction about story, followed by a prompt for you to write your own story. The following Monday, we’ll meet to share our stories.
Register for a three-part story workshop, to be held virtually in September.
Register and see more details here

Spoken Word
Poem: English professor Philip Bryant, a 1973 Gustavus graduate, reads his poem “Alyce Lorraine Hampton Bryant,” about his mother and her death from cancer from his book, Sermon on a Perfect Spring Day.

Story: Dr. Patricia English of the Communication Studies Department at Gustavus Adolphus College, reads a story she wrote titled Missing Mother: Cancer and Caretaking about her experience caring for her mother.

Books on the cancer theme
The staff of the Book Mark, the college's book store, has curated a list of books related to the theme of this year's Nobel Conference. All books are currently in stock for purchase and can be shipped to you. Check out this great selection.

Art and Cancer
The Hillstrom Museum of Art is presenting two exhibitions in conjunction with the 2020 Nobel Conference. Cancer Never Had Me: Views by Artists is a juried exhibit featuring 45 artworks by contemporary artists affected by cancer, and includes the artists’ accounts of the impact of cancer on their lives. The second exhibition, Artists Who Had Cancer: Works from the Hillstrom and Shogren-Meyer Collections features 32 works mostly from the first half of the 20th century, by artists who succumbed to the disease, all drawn from the permanent collection of the Museum or lent by collectors Daniel Shogren and Susan Meyer. Each exhibition is accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue available in pdf form on the museum website at

At the Schaefer Gallery is the exhibit, The Now and After works by Alison Hiltner - In creative conjunction with Nobel Conference 56
The work is pollinated with visits to scientific laboratories that reach forward to the future for answers to questions that plague the present, becoming an essential component to the work.
View the website for the exhibit.

Music and Cancer
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Dr.​ ​Yumiko Oshima-Ryan, ​a professor in the Gustavus Music Department, performs Tapiola Visions for Piano Left Hand Op. 92: Vignette in Twilight composed by Takashi Yoshimatsu.Dr. Oshima-Ryan explains her inspiration for selecting this piece as it relates to this year's Nobel Conference on cancer.

Gustie Virtual Book Club
The Gustie Virtual Book Club is a great way to engage with other avid Gustie readers from around the world! Participants receive weekly email updates to stay on track with reading and log on to the virtual platform to engage in asynchronous discussion. Our next book club title will align with the Nobel Conference theme this year: the club begins When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi on October 15, and we'd love to have you join us. Click here to join or log in!