John Grisham and Neal Kassell, MD, to Participate in Virtual Lecture Series


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Best-selling novelist and Foundation Board member, John Grisham, will join neurosurgeon and Foundation Chairman, Neal F. Kassell, MD, for a conversation about focused ultrasound as part of the Nantucket Atheneum’s Geschke Lecture Series. The event will be moderated by Jane Metcalfe, founder and CEO of NEO.LIFE and Foundation Council member.

Register now for the virtual event on September 23 at 7:00 pm Eastern. The program is free, but registration is required.

The event will introduce focused ultrasound technology and address its current applications as well as those being researched. Grisham will share his motivation for becoming involved with the Foundation and writing a short book called The Tumor that walks readers through what treatment for a brain tumor using focused ultrasound might look like in the future. You can download a free e-book or audiobook of The Tumor on the Foundation’s site.

Join us for a fascinating conversation that asks us to imagine a new way to think about and treat major disease, without invasive surgery or radiation.

The Nantucket Atheneum operates as Nantucket’s free public library, housed in an historic 1847 building listed on the National Register. The Geschke Lecture Series is funded by a National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge grant and a large donation from the Geschke Foundation (the late Chuck Geschke, Adobe).

Since 2005, the Geschke Series has brought dozens of influential speakers to Nantucket, including:

  • Lisa Genova, best-selling author and neuroscientist
  • Ken Auletta, contributor The New Yorker, communications opinion writer
  • Dr. Sylvia Earle, marine biologist, oceanographer, explorer, author
  • Peter Baker & Susan Glasser, New York Times & POLITICO
  • Kara Swisher, New York Times tech journalist, podcaster
  • Dr. Richard Haass, National Security Council
  • David Petraeus, retired general and former head of the CIA

The series took a hiatus is 2020 and returns virtually this year. The new season was recently reported on by Nantucket’s The Inquirer and Mirror.