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New York Times Columnist Theresa Brown to Speak at USM

Theresa Brown, clinical nurse, author, and New York Times columnist will be featured in the next installment of the University of Southern Maine’s Martha Skoner Lecture Series. Brown will present “Bedside Nursing in the Age of Affordable Care” at 6 p.m., on Tuesday, October 23. The lecture, sponsored by Maine Medical Center, will take place in USM’s Hannaford Hall on the Portland campus.

Brown lives and works as a clinical nurse in Pennsylvania. She received her BSN from the University of Pittsburgh, and during what she calls her past life, a PhD in English from the University of Chicago. Her column, “Bedside,” appears on the New York Times op-ed page as well as on the Times blog “Opinionator.” Previously she wrote for the New York Times blog, “Well.” Critical Care: A New Nurse Faces Death, Life, and Everything in Between” is her first book. Brown lectures nationally on issues related to nursing, health care, and end of life. Her clinical focus is medical oncology.

The Martha Skoner Lecture Series was established at USM’s School of Nursing through a generous bequest from Skoner’s estate. Professor Emerita of Nursing Skoner taught at USM from 1987-1999 and held a B.S. in nursing education, a master’s of nursing education and a Ph.D. in nursing, all from the University of Pittsburgh in her home state of Pennsylvania. The lectures will bring speakers to USM’s campus to discuss contemporary topics in nursing.

Brown will be on hand for a reception immediately following the talk to sign books. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Marcia Goldenberg, lecturer of nursing at USM, at 207-780-4136 or