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Special University Event - Patch Adams, M.D., to speak on Humour and Health: February 10

As part of its focus on health and wellness, Trent University will host Patch Adams, M.D. to talk to students, staff and faculty about wellness, laughter, humour and life on February 10, 2004 at noon in the Athletic Complex. After the 90-minute talk, Dr. Adams will be signing copies of his books Gesundheit and Housecalls.

Tickets are available to students free of charge, on a first-come first-served basis at the following locations:

-Athletic Complex
-College Offices
-Students Affairs Office

Tickets are available to staff and faculty free of charge, on a first-come first-served basis in the Human Resources Office.

Dr. Adams, who was portrayed by actor Robin Williams in the hit movie Patch Adams, is founder and director of the Gesundheit Institute, a free health facility in operation for fifteen years. Dr. Adams, also known as Patch, adds to his training as a physician, his experience as a street clown. In working with health and mental health professionals, he explores the relationship between humour and therapy using his unique blend of knowledge, showmanship and hands-on teaching techniques. Says Dr. Adams, 'I interpret my experience in life as being happy. I want, as a doctor, to say it does matter to your health to be happy. It may be the most important health factor in your life.' He joyfully believes that 'the most revolutionary act one can commit in our world is to be happy.'

While Dr. Adams will pay this special visit to Trent University, Stewart Engelberg, coordinator of counselling at the University, felt the community should have an opportunity to see the popular speaker. A performance has been arranged at Showplace Peterborough for February 10 at 7 p.m. and tickets are $25 each. Tickets for this event are available immediately through the Showplace box office at 742-7469.

"Trent University has the unique opportunity to attract individuals of the calibre of Patch Adams," said Mr. Engelberg. "The more we can share these experiences with the community, the better we create opportunities for off-campus education. In this case, entertainment and education go hand-in-hand and I think that the community will get a great deal of enjoyment from Dr. Adams' entertaining approach to health and wellness."

Dr. Adams' talk, entitled Humor and Health, is approximately two and half hours in length and looks at the relationship between humour and the health of the individual, community or society. Funny and inspirational, he also performs and discusses his 30+ years of clowning experience.

Posted January 16, 2004

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