Bryn Mawr alum (Class of 1988) Saskia Subramanian presented and discussed her documentary film “Beyond Breast Cancer: Stories of Survivors,” which was also screened at the 2008 Baltimore Women’s Film Festival. “Beyond Breast Cancer” chronicles the experiences of nine courageous breast cancer survivors who find that their health struggles continue even after their cancer treatment ends. The film was made as part of a larger, interdisciplinary UCLA study funded by the Susan G. Komen Foundation for which over a hundred women were interviewed. “Beyond Breast Cancer” forms a mosaic of the struggles, the triumphs, and the wisdom that follows from enduring a chronic health challenge. The Hepburn Center and the Department of Sociology at Bryn Mawr College hosted a dinner for 16 students, faculty, and staff prior to the screening of Dr. Subramanian’s film.
Saskia Subramanian received her A.B. and M.A. in Sociology at Bryn Mawr College, and her Ph.D. in Sociology from University of Pennsylvania. She is currently an Assistant Research Sociologist in the UCLA Center for Culture and Health at the David Geffen School of Medicine as well as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the UCLA Women’s Studies Department. She co-authored After the Cure: The Untold Stories of Breast Cancer Survivors (NYU Press, November, 2008).