"Humanistic Approaches to Mental Health Care in an Age of Biological Psychiatry"

Feb 10, 2015, 12:00 pm1:30 pm
202 Jones Hall
Students, Faculty & Fellows only


Event Description

Andrew Solomon, Author and Activist

Please join us for a lunch symposium with author and activist Andrew Solomon, entitled “Humanistic Approaches to Mental Health Care in an Age of Biological Psychiatry,” on Tuesday, February 10 from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m., in 202 Jones Hall.

Solomon is author of The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression, winner of the National Book Award and a Pulitzer Prize finalist. The Noonday Demon examines depression in personal, cultural and scientific terms. Solomon draws on his own struggles with the illness and interviews with fellow sufferers, doctors and scientists, policy makers, drug designers and philosophers. Panelists include:

  • João Biehl, Department of Anthropology, Princeton
  • Ronald Comer, Department of Psychology, Princeton
  • Tanya Luhrmann, Department of Anthropology, Stanford University

Moderated by Amy Borovoy, East Asian Studies and Anthropology (associated), Princeton.

The symposium will address questions such as:

  • What is the experience of mental illness and depression?
  • How has depression been represented in literature and arts?
  • What are the consequences of its medicalization?
  • How are doctors and psychiatrists being trained?
  • How has the advancement of psycho-pharmaceuticals shifted the landscape of diagnosis and care?

Please bring your questions.

The Symposium is being sponsored by The Belknap Visitors in the Humanities (Humanities Council); Program in Global Health; Center for Health and Well-Being; and Princeton University Public Lecture Series.

RSVP required. Lunch will be served, please RSVP to Patty Lieb at [email protected] by Friday, January 30.

Andrew Solomon will be giving a public lecture on Tuesday, February 10, at 6:00 in 50 McCosh Hall. For more information on this lecture please see the link: http://lectures.princeton.edu/2014/andrew-solomon-author-of-far-from-the-tree/.