Luther to screen Ken Burns' film 'The Mayo Clinic: Faith - Hope - Science'

Luther College will screen the Ken Burns' film "The Mayo Clinic: Faith - Hope - Science" at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, in Olin 102, with introduction by Luther Regent Chris Gade, class of 1986 and chair of the Department of Public Affairs at Mayo Clinic, and Eric Olson, KSMQ TV president and CEO.

The event, which is sponsored by a collaboration between Campus Programming and KSMQ TV, is open to the public with no charge for admission.

"The Mayo Clinic: Faith - Hope - Science" is a new, national two-hour documentary executive produced by Burns and directed by Burns, Erik Ewers and Christopher Loren Ewers. Blending historical narrative with contemporary patient stories, the documentary looks at how one institution has met the changing demands of health care for 150 years—and what that can teach us about facing the challenges of patient care today.

Featuring interviews with famous patients including the Dalai Lama and the late Sen. John McCain, the film tells the story of William Worrall Mayo, an English immigrant who began practicing medicine with his sons Will and Charlie in Rochester. The film features the voices of actors Tom Hanks, Sam Waterston, Blythe Danner and Josh Lucas.

"This history of the founding of Mayo Clinic is well known to many people in southeastern Minnesota and northeastern Iowa," said Olson. "But this national film will be seen by millions of Americans across the country on PBS television stations, giving them the background story of this great institution."

"The history of healthcare is a larger reflection of who we are as a nation," said executive producer Ken Burns. "It includes advances in science and technology, but also touches on more universal themes of love and compassion. This is an extraordinary story that places our fundamental need to care for each other within the larger framework of America's healthcare system and modern medicine."

A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,005, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website:

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