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Erikson Prize Media Colloquy

Austen Riggs Center

25 Main St Large Conference Room
Stockbridge 01262
August 17, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Every day, the public’s understanding of mental health issues is shaped by print, online press and broadcast media, as well as by the arts.  The purpose of this colloquy is to recognize and encourage the media’s sophisticated, accessible work on mental health issues and to learn about the various considerations the media faces in carrying out this work.  The colloquy will feature three esteemed contributors – recipients of the Erikson Institute Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media - who have brought nuance, compassion and scientific rigor to their coverage.  Brief presentations will be followed by a panel discussion with the audience.  We hope to stimulate a conversation about a broad range of mental health issues, including how mental health reporting deals with stigma, the challenges of reporting on trauma, what constitutes standard-setting work, and how journalists think about the range of clinical perspectives that press for public discussion.


Joshua Wolf Shenk is a widely published essayist. His book, Lincoln's Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness, was named one of the best books of 2005 by The New York Times

Jane Tillman, Ph.D., is the Evelyn Stefansson Nef Director of the Erikson Institute of the Austen Riggs Center. 

2013 Erikson Prize Winners

The team of Jon Alpert, Ellen Goosenberg Kent (co-directors) and Matthew O’Neill (producer) have been awarded the Erikson Prize for the documentary film War-Torn: 1861-2010, an exegesis of post-traumatic stress from the Civil War to Iraq and Afghanistan. Alpert has made films for NBC, PBS, and HBO. He has won 15 Emmy Awards and three DuPont-Columbia Awards and has been nominated for an Academy Award. Goosenberg Kent has earned four Emmy Awards and a Peabody Award, among other honors, for excellence in non-fiction television. O’Neill, an associate of Downtown Community Television Center since 1997, has made films on subjects around the world including In Tahrir Square: 18 Days of Egypt's Unfinished Revolution and Turkey's Tigers about the rise of religious Islamic businessmen in Turkey.


Rachel Aviv is a staff writer at The New Yorker who often writes about socially marginalized populations and entanglements between psychiatry and the legal system. She is a recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award, a Rosalynn Carter fellowship for mental health journalism, and an American Psychoanalytic Association award for excellence in journalism. Her writing has been collected in The Best American Non-Required Reading and The Best American Science Writing.

Nick Flynn is the author of three memoirs—The Reenactments, The Ticking is the Bomb: A Memoir of Bewilderment and Another Bullshit Night in Suck City—and three books of poetry, The Captain Asks For a Show of Hands, Some Ether, and Blind Huber. Flynn’s honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and Library of Congress, the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir, and the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, “This American Life,” and The New York Times Book Review.


11:00am – 12:30pm Screening of War-Torn: 1861-2010
Discussion with Jon Alpert and Ellen Goosenberg Kent

12:30 – 1:30pm Lunch

1:30 – 2:00pm Presentation by Prize Winner
Nick Flynn and discussion

2:00 – 2:30pm Presentation by Prize Winner
Rachel Aviv and discussion

2:30 – 3:45pm Panel discussion among Prize Winners
with questions from the audience

Underwriting support provided by the Sagalyn Family Fund.


Contact Alicia Zaludova for more information - 413-931-5230

5 hours
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Total Cost: $15.00