Rachel Naomi Remen and Host Michael Lerner

The Birthday of the World

Join us for a conversation with Rachel Naomi Remen about her new children’s book, The Birth of the World: A Story about Finding Light in Everyone and Everything. This event was hosted in-person on the Commonweal land.

Rachel Naomi Remen, MD

Rachel is Founding Director of the Remen Institute for the Study of Health  and Illness (RISHI), which was at Commonweal for decades and is currently at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. She is one of the best known of the early pioneers of wholistic and integrative medicine. More than 30,000 medical students have completed The Healer’s Art, her  groundbreaking  curriculum for medical students taught at the majority of medical schools in America. A master storyteller and observer of life, her bestselling books, Kitchen Table Wisdom and My Grandfather’s Blessings have sold more than 2 million copies and have been  translated into 21 languages.

Host Michael Lerner

Michael is the president and co-founder of Commonweal. His principal work at Commonweal is with the Cancer Help Program, CancerChoices.org, the Omega Resilience Projects, the Collaborative on Health and the Environment, and The New School at Commonweal. He was the recipient of a MacArthur Prize Fellowship for contributions to public health in 1983 and is author of Choices in Healing: Integrating the Best of Conventional and Complementary Therapies (MIT Press).