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Panel Discussion to Focus on Spirituality and Medicine

A panel discussion, Contemporary Issues in Healing: Spirituality & Medicine, will be held 4-5:30 p.m. Oct. 28 in the Evelyn Fike Laupus Exhibit Gallery on the fourth floor of East Carolina University’s Laupus Library. The program is being held in conjunction with the traveling exhibition of “Everyday Miracles: Medical Imagery in Ex-Votos,” devotional paintings centered on illness, healing and faith, on display in the gallery through Nov. 6.
Panelists from ECU will include Jelena Bogdanovic of the School of Art and Design, M. Saeed Dar and Gregory L. Hassler, both of the Brody School of Medicine, Hector Garza of the School of Theater and Dance, and Derek F. Mahar or the Religious Studies Program.
The poster exhibit of the ex-votos provides illustrations of how healing and faith have played a role in the lives of the faithful, and how prayer has been used to invoke the aid of saints as a means to heal the sick and end one’s suffering. 

Ex-votos began in the 15th century in Italy and spread throughout the world, playing a role in the daily lives of the faithful especially in Mexico. They continued to be a popular expression of faith and healing in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, the most prolific period of ex-voto production. While declining in the 20th century, artists still create them today. Most remain a personalized expression of thanks for a restoration of health, but have expanded to include the commemoration of a special event or to address a concern in an individual’s life.

Laupus Library is the first in North Carolina to host the exhibit, developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine. For more information, call 252-744-2219 or go to

Metered parking is available in front of the library. Individuals with disabilities requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act should call 252-737-1016 (voice/TTY) at least 48 hours prior to the event.


This story appeared originally in the Oct. 29, 2010 issue of Pieces of Eight. An archived version of that issue is available at