Daphne Merkin to present "SAD STORIES: What We Talk About When We Talk About Depression" at the Austen Riggs Center



Stockbridge, MA – August 29, 2017 – The Erikson Institute of the Austen Riggs Center is pleased to announce the first Friday Night Guest Lecture in its 2017-18 series:

Merkin’s talk will be a personal reflection on the subject of depression and the cultural/medical attitude towards it, including a discussion of stigma and shame.

Daphne Merkin is the author of four books: This Close To Happy: A Reckoning with Depression (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017), a New York Times Book Review Favorite Read of 2016; The Fame Lunches: On Wounded Icons, Money, Sex, the Brontës, and the Importance of Handbags (Picador, 2015), a New York Times Book Review Notable Book of 2014; Dreaming of Hitler (Harvest Books, 1999); and Enchantment (Harcourt, 1986), recipient of the Edward Lewis Wallant Award in 1986 for the best new work of fiction based on a Jewish theme. She has taught “The Art of Reading” and writing classes at the 92nd Street Y Poetry Center, and has written regularly for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, and The New York Times Book Review

Free and open to the public, Friday Night Guest Lectures are held in the large conference room of the Medical Office Building at the Austen Riggs Center, located at 25 Main Street in Stockbridge, MA. Continuing education credits will be offered.

View a complete schedule of Friday Night Guest Lectures for 2017-18.

For a complete listing of upcoming events at the Austen Riggs Center, visit: www.austenriggs.org/conferences.


About the Austen Riggs Center

Austen Riggs Center, a leading psychiatric hospital and residential treatment program, has been serving adults since 1919. Within a completely open setting, patients are provided immersion in an intensive treatment milieu that emphasizes respectful engagement. Individual psychodynamic psychotherapy is provided four times a week by doctors on staff. The Erikson Institute for Education and Research of the Austen Riggs Center studies individuals in their social contexts through research, training, education, and outreach programs in the local community and beyond.

The Austen Riggs Center is located in Stockbridge, MA. For more information about its services, please call [413] 298.5511 or [800] 517.4447 or visit www.austenriggs.org.