mental health

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

by Lauren Stachew May 19, 2016

This month marks the 67th annual Mental Health Awareness Month. The importance of observing this month is crucial when one looks at the statistics: approximately one in four American adults experience a mental health disorder in a given year. Yet to this day, a serious stigma still surrounds mental illness. According to the CDC, only 25 percent of people with mental health issues feel that other people are compassionate and sympathetic towards them. Huffington Post author Lindsay Holmes writes in the article ‘What If People Treated Physical Illness Like Mental Illness?’ that “…despite the staggering evidence and rhetoric aimed at […]

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Tzachi Zamir on His Philosophy of Acting

by Phillip Witteveen February 4, 2015

Tzachi Zamir is a professor of philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. After a Ph.D. of pondering the nature of things, his accidental experiences with amateur acting led him to ponder the nature of performance. Zamir is the author of the first systematic philosophy of theater, Acts. This is not the first time he has tackled less-traditional philosophy, actually, having written about subjects from Shakespeare to vegetarianism to animal rights. Nowadays, though, in the interstices between professional philosophizing, he’s been taking classes, and working in rehearsal for a production of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” The Israeli newspaper […]

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On Jazz, Poetry, and Hayden Carruth: Talking Shop about the Human Condition

by Phillip Witteveen September 26, 2014

WPFW, 89.3 FM, is a station that gets into the “mix of jazz, Third World music, news and public affairs.” It is the sound alternative programming makes in the metro D.C. area, “challenging the norm, and passionately serving the under-served of our community.” Coming to us in .mp3: a filmy, dulcet jazz bottoms out into the introduction of a very small, very niche radio show, with a very specific mandate: “This, is your station for jazz and justice.” The show, as it would be revealed, is called “On the Margin.” “And my name,” says the speaker, “is Giovanni Russonello.” “Today” (says […]

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‘LGBT Youth’ authors take to radio, Boston Globe, Huffington Post

by Shaun Manning June 13, 2012

Jason Cianciotto and Sean Cahill’s new book, LGBT Youth in America’s Schools, has been receiving glowing reviews from a variety of publications, including the School Library Journal, Instinct magazine, Gay Calgary Magazine, and This Week in Texas. The authors have also been very active in advocating their book’s themes, penning op-eds in the Rainbow Times and Boston Globe, conducting a Voice to Voice feature for the Huffington Post, and appearing on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Joy Cardin Show. “Young people are coming out at younger ages,” Cahill told Cardin’s audience. “Back in the 1980s, people came out maybe around age 20, […]

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‘Mad At School’ author responds to debate over mental disability on campus

by University of Michigan Press February 14, 2011

This blog entry, written by Mad at School author Margaret Price, is the second of three posts on mental disabilities in the college setting. For the first post on the Chronicle of Higher Education story, please click here. Killer Dichotomies: Ir/rational, Crazy/Sane, Dangerous/Not There are a number of conversations about Mad at School going on now. I am happy to see all of them—even those that contain opinions I strongly disagree with—because at least we are now having this conversation. Over the past week, I’ve been reading Benjamin Reiss’s “Campus Security and the Specter of Mental-Health Profiling,” along with its […]

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