Next up for Assembly Series: Susannah Cahalan on her harrowing ordeal with a terrifying and deadly disease

​​WUSTL faculty join Cahalan to discuss Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness

On Monday, Feb. 18, Susannah Cahalan will visit her alma mater and give a presentation for the Assembly Series at 5 p.m. in Simon Hall’s May Auditorium on the Washi​ngton University in St. Louis Danforth Campus.

The event, free and open to the public, will focus on her new memoir, Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness. The book chronicles her ordeal with a rare condition.

Cahalan was the first case of Anti-NMDA-Receptor Autoimmune Encephalitis to be discovered at New York University and she was the 217th person ever to be diagnosed.

During the long road to recovery, she turned her reporter’s eye on herself. The result is Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness, her part-memoir, part-medical suspense story detailing her ordeal with a rare and terrifying disease.

While on campus, Cahalan also will give a reading for the Department of English in Arts & Sciences Tuesday, Feb. 19, and for the January Reading Program.

For information on this event and other Assembly Series programs, visit or call (314) 935-4620.