- Fall 2002, Vol. 11, No. 1 (requires
Kay Redfield Jamison to Present
the 2002 Howard Lecture
This years Harry C. Howard Jr. Lecturer, is Kay Redfield Jamison,
professor of psychiatry, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
and Honorary Professor of English, University of St. Andrews (Scotland).
She will present her lecture, A Life In Moods: Personal and Professional
Perspectives on Mental Illness, on Thursday October 17th (location
and time TBA). Professor Jamison is a psychologist and a leading expert
on serious mood disorders. The Harry Howard Jr. Lecture Series was established
in 1994 through the endowment of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Nash, Jr., and
Mr. and Mrs. George D. Renfro, all of Asheville, North Carolina. The
lectureship honors Harry C. Howard, Jr. (B.A. 1951) of Atlanta and allows
the Robert Penn Warren Center to bring an outstanding scholar to Vanderbilt
annually to deliver a lecture on a significant topic in the humanities.
Professor Jamisons writing, teaching, and clinical research on
depression have had a broad impact on mental health treatment, on patient
support and advocacy, and on public awareness of psychiatric disorders.
Jamison herself suffers from manic-depression and has drawn on her own
affliction in an attempt to educate the public. Her books include
Touched With Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament
(Free Press Paperbacks, 1993); An Unquiet Mind (Picador, 1995);
and Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide (Picador, 1999).
She co-authored an influential medical text on manic-dperession,
Manic-Depressive Illness (Oxford UP, 1990) and has published numerous
articles in journals such as The American Journal of Psychiatry,
The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, and the Annual Review of
Professor Jamison received her B.A. (1971), M.A. (1971), C. Phil. (1973)
and Ph.D. (1975) from the University of California, Los Angeles. She
taught at UCLAs School of Medicine from 19741987 and has
been affiliated with the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Department of Psychiatry since 1987. She is the recipient of the National
Mental Health Associations William Styron Award (1995), the American
Suicide Foundation Research Award (1996), the Community Mental Health
Leadership Award (1999), and the MacArthur Genius Award
For more information, contact the Center's executive director, Mona C. Frederick.
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