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January 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

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This program is being offered virtually through Zoom. In order to participate and receive the Zoom link, you must register here or by emailing carla@smithcenter.org

with Carla Stillwagon, Kiersten Gallagher & Erin Price

Defending Your Life

Welcome to “Read with Smith Center,” a community of book lovers diving in to current and relevant book material.

For our January sessions, we will be watching a movie! Based on a reaction to our previous book choice, Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change by Pema Chodron, we have chosen Defending Your Life, starring Meryl Streep, Albert Brooks and Rip Torn. For these feature film sessions, we will watch one hour of the movie together on Zoom and leave 15-minutes at the end for discussion.

Without giving too much away, here is the description from IMDb:

“In an afterlife way station resembling a block of hotels, the lives of the recently-deceased are examined in a court-like setting.”

Stay tuned for future book choices!


Read with Smith Center will meet Bi-Monthly on Tuesdays from 12:00-1:00pm.

Upcoming Dates: 

  • January 5 – Hour 1 of Defending Your Life & 15-min discussion
  • January 19 – Hour 2 of Defending Your Life & 15-min discussion
  • February 2 & 16
  • March 2 & 16
  • April 6 & 20
  • May 4 & 18
  • June 8 & 22

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About Carla Stillwagon

Carla serves as the Cancer Support Program & Retreat Coordinator at Smith Center. During her time at the center, Carla has been inspired to further develop her commitment to the arts and their invaluable role in healing and community. She is excited to share her favorite pastime, reading, in this group and hopes to hear all about your favorite things to read!

About Kiersten Gallagher

As the Cancer Support Program Director, Kiersten fully believes that through the arts we can expand our perspectives and explore new fulfilling ways of being. She invites you to make our space your own refuge, to circumvent your daily routine to spark creativity, to take time for introspection, and draw outside the lines.

About Erin Price, LICSW

Erin serves as Smith Center’s Director of Young Adult and Psychosocial Support Programs. She is trained in Integrative Patient Navigation, a Project LEAD graduate, and holds a Masters in Social Work. A seven-year breast cancer survivor, Erin is passionate about providing support and community to other cancer survivors, especially young adults. She works with Smith Center’s DC Young Adult Cancer Community and is also actively involved in the cancer community through Young Survival Coalition, Critical Mass, the Georgetown Breast Cancer Advocates, National Breast Cancer Coalition, and the DC Cancer Action Partnership.

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