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  September 11, 2000

Sept. 23 Conference Seeks to
Expand Understanding of Mental Illness

"Psychiatry: Art and Life, Past and Present" will be the topic of a conference to be held at the Institute of Living in Hartford on Saturday, Sept. 23, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The conference will feature a keynote address, "The Depiction of Psychotherapy in Fiction: One Novelist's Journey," by Wally Lamb, author of novels She's Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True, as well as presentations by UConn faculty and alumni: Arnold Orza, Cornelia Hughes Dayton, Lawrence Goodheart, Julius Rubin, Bruce Clouette and Harold Schwartz .

Other presenters and panel members include scholars from the affiliates of the Hartford Consortium for Higher Education and the staff of the Institute of Living.

The conference will serve as a public forum for discussion of psychiatry from a broad perspective. The multi-disciplinary approach includes viewpoints from the fields of history, literature, psychiatry, psychology, and sociology. Topics to be discussed include: "Shakespeare and Madness" and "Moral Treatment at the Hartford Retreat for the Insane."

To register by phone or to obtain a registration form, call (860) 545-1888. The registration deadline is Sept. 16. The fee for the conference is $15 and seating is limited.

The conference, which is held in conjunction with "Myths, Minds and Medicine; Two Centuries of Mental Health Care," a permanent exhibit at the Institute of Living, is sponsored by the Hartford Consortium for Higher Education, The Connecticut Humanities Council and The Institute of Living.

Rebecca Stygar