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With Dad: Artist Talk, Screening, and Reception

February 27, 2020 @
4:30 p.m.
- 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time
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Gene DiRado in wheelchair
Gene: Marlborough, MA November 6, 2009

In his recently released photographic journal, With Dad, Clark University’s Stephen DiRado chronicles his father Gene’s decline into Alzheimer’s through a series of images captured over twenty-plus years. Poignant and unflinching, the book illustrates the complex impact of the disease on the entire DiRado family—Stephen, his brother Chris, sister Gina, and mother Rose—as they take on different roles caring for Gene through his illness. In addition to the black-and-white images, DiRado also compiled hours of video footage, now being developed into a documentary by friend, filmmaker, and Clark colleague Soren Sorensen. Together, these artists tell a story—at once personal and universal—of deep loss, profound love, and the resilience of family.

Stephen Dirado and Soren Sorensen headshots
Stephen Dirado (left) and Soren Sorensen

Join us for an artist talk by Stephen DiRado and a screening of Soren Sorensen’s forthcoming short film. Refreshments will be offered. Admission is free and open to the public.

This event is co-sponsored by the Higgins School of Humanities; the Department of Visual and Performing Arts; Media, Culture, and the Arts; the Screen Studies Program; and the Studio Art Program at Clark University.


February 27, 2020
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.