Dr. Kate Bowler

Kate, a white woman with long brown hair sits in a chair in front of a bookcase, full of books, wearing a black shirt and blue jeans with holes in the knees.

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  • Dr. Kate Bowler
  • Professor, author and podcast host

Due to contract restrictions, this presentation will be available to view through January 27, 2023.

Kate Bowler is a New York Times bestselling author, podcast host, professor at Duke University, and incurable optimist. She studies the cultural stories we tell ourselves about success, suffering, and whether (or not) we’re capable of change. At 35, she was unexpectedly diagnosed with Stage IV cancer, causing her to think in different terms about the research and beliefs she had been studying.

In her latest memoir, No Cure for Being Human (and Other Truths I Need to Hear), Bowler grapples with her diagnosis, her ambition, and her faith as she tries to come to terms with limitations in a culture that promises anything is possible. She finds that we need one another because life is beautiful yet terrible and full of hope, despair, and everything in between.

Bowler’s work—including three other solo-written books and a co-authored book of spiritual reflections—has received widespread media attention from NPR, The Today Show, The New York Times, The Washington Post, the TED Stage, and Fresh Air with Terry Gross. On her podcast, Everything Happens, Bowler has spoken with people like Malcolm Gladwell, Matthew McConaughey, and Anne Lamott about what wisdom and truth they’ve uncovered during difficult circumstances.

Presentations at Calvin University

Life After Perfect
Part of the: January Series
Friday, January 27, 2023 12:30:00 PM

Publication(s) for this event

Everything Happens for a Reason (and Other Lies I've Loved)

Everything Happens for a Reason (and Other Lies I've Loved)
by Dr. Kate Bowler
Random House Trade Paperbacks (June 4, 2019)
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