Lunch and Lecture
March 21, at Noon
Reagan UCLA Medical Center
Victoria Sweet, M.D., Ph.D., prize-winning historian, physician, and
associate clinical professor of medicine at UCSF, will discuss her book,
God’s Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of
Medicine. The book documents Dr. Sweet’s 20-year practice caring for
destitute, chronically ill patients at San Francisco’s Laguna Honda
Hospital, often called the “last almshouse in America.” Through her
patients’ stories, she presents evidence for a new philosophy of healthcare
for chronic and complex medical conditions—Slow Medicine. She advocates this
unhurried, in-depth approach that “depends less on technology and more on
the careful attention of doctors and nurses” to create a personal
relationship with the patient.
Copies of Dr. Sweet’s best-selling God’s Hotel will be available for
sale and autographing.
This special lecture is sponsored jointly by the UCLA Health Ethics Center
and the UCLA Faculty Women’s Club. All are welcome - and yes, there is a
A Message from the 93rd President in the 97th Year
Welcome to our 2015-16 FWC academic year and the 97th year of
our existence as a club! As the seasons change, so might our
goals, but always with our constitutionally stated purpose in
mind: providing a warm and meaningful social environment for our
members, while extending our reach into our Los Angeles
To that end, I would like to share some of the many exciting
events we are planning for you this coming year: Our wonderful
variety of sections—20 in all so far—are available to enhance
your enjoyment and stimulate your interests every weekday and
some evenings. Read on, find your pleasure, and take part in
these wonderful offerings!
Our General Meetings promise interesting, provocative
speakers and subjects: from scandalous Medieval women to
community philanthropy in education and the arts to
self-reinvention after retirement. Watch for our General Meeting
announcements in each UPDATE edition.
Then, of course, we offer the very rewarding experience of
supporting deserving UCLA students with FWC scholarships. So
inspiring! These scholars have their whole futures before them,
and we help them realize their goals.
Calling out to us is the beacon of light commemorating our
100th anniversary and that of UCLA. The FWC is actually one year
older than our campus! We began on Vermont Avenue at the Los
Angeles Normal School, before merging with the University of
California to become the Southern Branch of the University of
California, now UCLA. Interestingly, one of the first structures
built on the former orchard lands of West Los Angeles recalls
the beautiful Basilica of Sant'Ambrogio in Milan, Italy—Royce
Hall. Perhaps few envisioned the dynamic campus of worldwide
fame we would become. To celebrate this anniversary, our
creative Task Force for Centennial Planning is preparing special
moments for you. Actually, they started in 2012, gathering oral
histories of campus and FWC figures to preserve for posterity.
With so many exciting and stimulating things being planned,
please join us and encourage your friends and colleagues as well
to become members and participate in our FWC activities!
Your President for 2015-16,