An Evening with Activist/Scholar Mab Segrest

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Reception at 6 p.m.; reading 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, tentatively titled Administrations of Lunacy: Race, Psychiatry, and Georgia's State Hospital, 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.

Cosponsored by Duke's Center for Documentary Studies, Forum for Scholars and Publics, Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture, and Program in Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies.

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.

Image: Full moon over the Georgia State Hospital Cemetery. Photograph by Mab Segrest.

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Mab Segrest
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Center for Documentary Studies
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An Evening with Activist/Scholar Mab Segrest