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The Mental Health Crisis in America - Keynote Speaker Profile: Carol Gilligan, PhD

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Dr. Gilligan will give the Session 2 keynote presentation on Saturday afternoon at the Austen Riggs Centennial Conference, “The Mental Health Crisis in America.” Carol Gilligan, PhD, is an American feminist, ethicist, and psychologist; University Professor at New York University; Visiting Professor at the University of Cambridge; and author of In A Different Voice

Dr. Gilligan will give the Session 2 keynote presentation on Saturday afternoon at the Austen Riggs Centennial Conference, “The Mental Health Crisis in America.” 

Learn more or register for the conference at: www.austenriggs.org/CentennialConference

Dr. Gilligan will raise issues addressed in the recent book she co-edited, The Crisis of Connection: Roots, Consequences, and Solutions (2018), noting a societal shift in the relationship between the “me” and the “we” in our culture. Currently, there is an amplified voice of “me” that stands in opposition to “we,” rather than a “me” that is part of a shared “we.” This problem is best approached through establishment of community that fosters connection and empathy. This concept offers a useful frame for understanding the crisis in care, while highlighting potential solutions through community and relationships. Dr. Gilligan will also link her comments to Erikson, who was one of her mentors.

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