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Virtual Event: Administrations of Lunacy: Racism and the Haunting of American Psychiatry at the Milledgeville Asylum --With SONG co-founder, activist, and author Mab Segrest

Event date: 
Tuesday, April 14, 2020 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Join Charis in welcoming beloved SONG co-founder, activist, and author Mab Segrest for her timely book, Administrations of Lunacy: Racism and the Haunting of American Psychiatry at the Milledgeville Asylum. Just as our current crisis with Covid-19 exposes the racial inequality at the roots of all American systems, today, ninety percent of psychiatric beds are located in jails and prisons across the United States, institutions that confine disproportionate numbers of African Americans. After more than a decade of research, the celebrated scholar and activist Mab Segrest locates the deep historical roots of this startling fact, turning her sights on a long-forgotten cauldron of racial ideology: the state mental asylum system in which psychiatry was born and whose influences extend into our troubled present. In December 1841, the Georgia State Lunatic, Idiot, and Epileptic Asylum was founded. A hundred years later, it had become the largest insane asylum in the world with over ten thousand patients. Administrations of Lunacy tells the story of this iconic and infamous southern institution, a history that was all but erased from popular memory and within the psychiatric profession. Through riveting accounts of historical characters, Segrest reveals how modern psychiatric practice was forged in the traumas of slavery, the Civil War, Reconstruction, and Jim Crow. Deftly connecting this history to the modern era, Segrest then shows how a single asylum helped set the stage for the eugenics theories of the twentieth century and the persistent racial ideologies of our own times. She also traces the connections to today's dissident psychiatric practices that offer sanity and create justice. A landmark of scholarship, Administrations of Lunacy restores a vital thread between past and present, revealing the tangled racial roots of psychiatry in America. 

This event will be live streamed virtually via crowdcast. Crowdcast is a free streaming platform accessible through your phone or computer browser. Just click this link to attend: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/virtual-event. If you would like to submit questions for Mab in advance of this event please submit them in the comments of our Facebook event. 

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Administrations of Lunacy: Racism and the Haunting of American Psychiatry at the Milledgeville Asylum Cover Image
$26.09
ISBN: 9781620972977
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Published: New Press - April 14th, 2020

A scathing and original look at the racist origins of psychiatry, through the story of the largest mental institution in the world

Today, 90 percent of psychiatric beds are located in jails and prisons across the United States, institutions that confine disproportionate numbers of African Americans.


Memoir of a Race Traitor: Fighting Racism in the American South Cover Image
$16.19
ISBN: 9781620972991
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: New Press - September 24th, 2019

Back in print after more than a decade, the singular chronicle of life at the forefront of antiracist activism, with a new introduction and afterword by the author


Event Summary: 
Join Charis in welcoming beloved SONG co-founder, activist, and author Mab Segrest for her timely book, Administrations of Lunacy: Racism and the Haunting of American Psychiatry at the Milledgeville Asylum.