Film and Panel Discussion: After Words

Northwestern University is hosting a special showing of After Words, the acclaimed film that explores the lives of people with aphasia, followed by a panel discussion hosted by Becky Vlamis, producer/director at WBEZ.

The film, by Emmy Award winner Vincent Straggas, movingly illuminates the struggles and triumphs of individuals touched by aphasia, an acquired communication disorder that results from stroke, head injury, brain tumor or other neurologic causes.

The 55-minute film features famed neurologist and author Oliver Sacks, Tony Award-winning actress Julie Harris, Grammy Award-winning musician Bobby McFerrin, and many others whose lives have been touched by aphasia.

A panel discussion will continue the conversation, sharing research, strategies, and real-life experiences of living with aphasia.

The panel includes renowned Northwestern University Ralph and Jean Sundin Professor and aphasia expert Cynthia Thompson, PhD; Northwestern University clinical faculty member and instructor in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Program Belma Hadziselimovic, M.S. CCC-SLP; an individual with aphasia and family member.

The event is hosted by the Speech, Language, and Learning Clinic and the Aphasia and Neurolinguistics Research Laboratory, Center for the Neurobiology of Language Recovery. After Words is produced by Flag Day Productions, Jerome Kaplan, M.A., CCC-SLP, and Ellayne Ganzfried, M.S., CCC-SLP.

Tickets are $15. Cash and checks accepted at the door. Free parking. For advance registration, directions/parking, and other information visit AfterWords.Northwestern.edu or call 847-491-5012.

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