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Past Event

Healthy Society Series: Nobody's Normal—The History, Culture, Stigma and Future of Mental Health

The way people conceptualize mental illness, and how they talk about it, differs around the world. A new book—Nobody's Normal, by George Washington University Professor of Anthropology Roy Richard Grinker—examines the ways in which culture and historical contexts have shaped our beliefs, stigma and social norms around mental health.

In conversation with journalist and Divergent Mind author Jenara Nerenberg, Grinker will share what families, doctors, and everyday people can do to create a more welcoming and accepting society. Through his research in Africa, Asia and the United States, and with stories from hunter gatherers to family physicians, there are lessons to be learned that challenge the very notion of "normal" to begin with.

Grinker is also the editor-in-chief of Anthropological Quarterly and the author of Unstrange Minds.

MLF Organizer
Robert Lee Kilpatrick

MLF: Health & Medicine

This is a free-for-members program. Members: Click on the "Buy Tickets" button above to order your tickets, and select the members link on the left side of the page. Your username is the email you used to sign up as a member. You can also request a password reset if needed. Discount will automatically be applied at checkout.

This is an online-only program; please pre-register to receive a  link to the live-stream event.

June 10, 2021

United States

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Roy Richard Grinker
Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology, George Washington University; Editor-in-Chief, Anthropological Quarterly; Author, Nobody's Normal: How Culture Created the Stigma of Mental Illness
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In Conversation with Jenara Nerenberg
Author, Divergent Mind; Journalist, University of California, Berkeley; Founder, The Neurodiversity Project

10–11 a.m. (Pacific Time) program