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tgiFHI: Beverly McIver, “A Promise is a Promise: Loving and Caring for Renee”


Beverly McIver

tgiFHI is a weekly series that gives Duke faculty in the humanities, interpretive social sciences and arts the opportunity to present their current research to their departmental and interdepartmental colleagues, students, and other interlocutors in their fields. tgiFHI events take place from 9:00-11:00 a.m. on Friday mornings in the Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall (C105, Bay 4, Smith Warehouse). Breakfast is served at 9 am and the lecture begins promptly at 9:30 am. "A Promise is a Promise: Loving and Caring for Renee" Abstract: "My talk is inspired by a promise I made to my mom that I would care for my mentally disabled sister, Renee. When my mom died twelve years ago, I became Renee's legal guardian. I've been caring for Renee and recently had to move Renee to assisted living. I'll discuss the importance of keeping a promise, the ups and downs of caretaking and juggling a career as an artist and professor. I will also show a short trailer of the HBO documentary that was made about me and Renee. The film makers followed me and Renee for 5 years in order to create Raising Renee. Raising Renee was nominated for an Emmy and was selected and shown at Full Frame 12 years ago." Beverly McIver is Professor of the Practice of Art in the Department of Art, Art History, and Visual Studies at Duke University. RSVP at


Humanities, Lecture/Talk, Movie/Film, Visual and Creative Arts