University of Rochester

Lecture/performance by violinist Martha Curtis, a seizure-free epileptic

TIME, DATE, AND PLACE: 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 25, Hoyt Auditorium on the University of Rochester River Campus

ADMISSION: Free for University students, faculty, and staff; $5 for general public.

Note: Parking on University lots is free after 7 p.m. on weeknights.

March 16, 1999

Martha Curtis, an accomplished violinist and Eastman School of Music alumna, has been battling epilepsy since the age of three. In 1991, she had 50 percent of her right temporal lobe removed in order to control the seizures. Today, she is seizure-free and her ability to perform and memorize difficult pieces of music is greater than ever before.

In a moving lecture/performance, Curtis shares her story of co-existing with adversity and not giving in to what society deems a "horrible life." She uses a combination of words and music to communicate her story of courage, determination, and passion for life. She has presented to international audiences and was profiled by 60 Minutes and The Today Show.

Curtis will appear at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 25, in Hoyt Hall on the University of Rochester River Campus. The evening includes a lecture and concert by Curtis and is free to the University community and $5 for the general public. The event is sponsored by Women's Caucus, a Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance, and the Neurobiology Department at the University Medical Center. For more information, contact Wilson Commons Information Desk at (585) 275-5911.