"Administrations of Lunacy: Race, Psychiatry, and Georgia's State Hospital"
Reception at 6 p.m.; talk at 7 p.m. How does a culture that allows lynching decide who is sane? Renowned writer/activist/scholar Mab Segrest shares how the answers to such questions emerged from her study of the archives of Georgia's state mental hospital at Milledgeville, founded in 1842. Segrest will read from her upcoming book about how the history of Georgia's hospital reveals the intimate relationships between psychiatry and white settler colonialism in the United States--a story that we see first through the eyes of its patients.
Mab Segrest is Fuller-Maathai Professor Emeritus of Gender and Women's Studies at Connecticut College and author of Memoir of a Race Traitor, an account of her work against Klan and neo-Nazi movements in North Carolina in the 1980s. She is a 2017-18 fellow at the National Humanities Center.