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Current Program Schedule

Spring 2020
The Richardson History of Psychiatry Research Seminar

Due to Covid-19, the Richardson Seminar has suspended in-person meetings for the time being. If you would like to attend a session remotely, please contact Dr. Megan Wolff at for zoom instructions.

January 1
New Year's Day - No Meeting
January 15
Deborah Doroshow, M.D., Ph.D., Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Stevens-Barchas Lecture
"Residential Treatment and the Invention of the Emotionally Disturbed Child in America"
January 29
Issues in Mental Health Policy
David M. Hernandez, Ph.D.
, Mount Holyoke College
"Smothering Asylum: Kids, Cages, and Political Currency in Migrant Processing"
February 5
Ben Kafka, Ph.D., New York University/IPTAR
"The Effort to Drive the Other Person Crazy"
February 19
Andrew Hogan, Ph.D., Creighton University
"Science and Advocacy: Debating the Role of Psychology in Mental Retardation after 1980"
March 4
Mary Jacobus, Ph.D. , Cornell University
Esman Lecture
"Border Crossing: Josef Koudelka and the Principle of the Wall"
March 18
Liz Mellyn, Ph.D., University of New Hampshire
"Madness in the Early Modern City: The Public Health Nexus"
April 8
Damir Huremović, M.D., North Shore University Hospital
"Psychiatry of Pandemics: Understanding the historical and psychological perspective of a current pandemic outbreak"
April 22
Casey Schwartz in Coversation with George J. Makari, M.D.
"Attention, a love story"
April 29
Issues in Mental Health Policy
Craig L. Katz, M.D.
, Mount Sinai Health System
"Psychiatry, Immigrant Detention, and Beyond"
May 6
Samuel Scharff, M.D. /Ph.D. Candidate, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
"Democratizing the Diagnosis: Legal Paths into and out of Involuntary Psychiatric Hospitalization in 1930s Georgia, USA"
May 20
Susannah Cahalan
"The Great Pretender: The Undercover Mission That Changed Our Understanding of Madness"
May 27
Sander Gilman, Ph.D., Emory University
"Writing Pandemics: A Conversation with Sander Gilman about HIV/AIDS, SARS, H1N1, and Covid-19"
June 10
Jeremy Greene, M.D., Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine "The Electronic Patient"
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