CLEMSON — Comical songwriter-humorist Carla Ulbrich, who is known as “The Singing Patient,” will present the Calhoun Lecture Series‘ William H. Hunter Endowed Lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 6, in the Self Auditorium in the Strom Thurmond Institute. The program is free and open to the public.

Carla Ulbrich, the Singing Patient, performs March 6 at the Strom Thurmond Institute auditorium.

Carla Ulbrich, the Singing Patient, performs March 6 at the Strom Thurmond Institute auditorium.

Ulbrich came by the Singing Patient nickname the hard way. A survivor of lupus, kidney failure and a stroke, she learned how to keep a sense of humor as a survival skill in all situations, from the critical to the mundane. Her mission is to help others survive and thrive by learning to do the same.

She is the author of “How Can You NOT Laugh at a Time Like This: Reclaim Your Health with Humor, and Creativity and Grit.”

Ulbrich is a certified health coach and also is back on the road performing at gatherings for patients, caregivers and health-care workers. She brings hope, lightness and humor to audiences who can really use a laugh.

The Ulbrich name may strike a familiar chord. She is the daughter of Clemson University distinguished professors Carlton and Holley Ulbrich. Born and raised in Clemson, Carla graduated from Daniel High School and went on to major in music at Brevard College, where her instructors vehemently disapproved of her “wasting time” writing her own songs in the practice rooms.

Ulbrich has proved her teachers wrong.  She has performed nationally and in England and been featured on Sirius XM Radio, USA TV, the BBC and the “Dr. Demento” and “The Bob and Sheri Show” radio programs.

The William H. Hunter M.D., Endowed Lecture focuses on the healing arts and sciences and the men and women who devote their lives to medicine. Dr. Hunter was a founding member of the Calhoun Lecture Series, a Tiger alumna, retired U.S. Marine and popular local newspaper columnist.

The Calhoun Lecture Series of Clemson University under the aegis of the Strom Thurmond Institute is designed to bring compelling policy conversation to the people of South Carolina. The series brings to campus outstanding national and international lecturers. The purpose being to impart knowledge to the public in general and the students of Clemson and surrounding institutions of higher learning.