mental health

Students and faculty with mental disabilities find their privacy under fire; new book, Chronicle of Higher Education story cover the issue

by Trade Marketing February 10, 2011

Mental disability is a topic of fast-growing interest in all spheres of American culture, including popular, governmental, aesthetic, and academic. Margaret Price’s Mad at School: Rhetorics of Mental Disability and Academic Life explores the contested boundaries between disability, illness, and mental illness in the setting of U.S. higher education. Scholar and disabilities activist Margaret Price asks: How might our education practices change if we understood disability to incorporate the disabled mind? In an article published by The Chronicle of Higher Education, professor and author Benjamin Reiss writes, “Margaret Price makes clear in her book, Mad at School, influential voices are […]

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Q&A with Lorraine Lopez, author of An Angle of Vision: Women Writers on Their Poor and Working-Class Roots

by University of Michigan Press March 1, 2010

An Angle of Vision is a compelling anthology that collects personal essays and memoir by a diverse group of gifted authors united by their poor or working-class roots in America. Throughout this collection, the authors describe delicate balances of work and family, men and money, motherhood and sexuality. Editor Lorraine M. Lopéz is the prize-winning author of two novels, The Gifted Galabon Sisters and Call Me Henri, and a short-story collection, Soy la Avon Lady and Other Stories. She is Associate Professor of English at Vanderbilt University and Associate Editor of the Afro-Hispanic Review. Listen to the podcast  

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Q&A with Ilan Stavans, author of A Critic’s Journey

by University of Michigan Press January 5, 2010

Ilan Stavans has been a lightning rod for cultural discussion and criticism his entire career. In A Critic’s Journey, he takes on his own Jewish and Hispanic upbringing with an autobiographical focus and his typical flair with words, exploring the relationship between the two cultures from his own and also others’ experiences. Stavans has been hailed as a voice for Latino culture thanks to his Hispanic upbringing, but as a Jew and a Caucasian, he’s also an outsider to that culture —something that’s sharpened his perspective (and some of his critics’ swords). In this book of essays, he looks at […]

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Q&A with Betty Jean Lifton, author of Lost & Found

by University of Michigan Press March 13, 2009

The first edition of Betty Jean Lifton’s Lost and Found: The Adoption Experience advanced the adoption rights movement in the United States in 1979, challenging many states’ policies of maintaining closed birth records. For nearly three decades the book has topped recommended reading lists for those who seek to understand the effects of adoption—including adoptees, adoptive parents, birth parents, and their friends and families. Now in its third edition, author Betty Jean Lifton talks with us about her book. Dr. Lifton is an adoption counselor and adopted person. She has a practice in Cambridge Massachusetts as well as New York […]

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The Deadly Human Rights Crisis…in U.S. Prisons

by kris bishop October 28, 2008

 by guest blogger Benjamin Fleury-Steiner, author of new release Dying Inside: The HIV/AIDS Ward at Limestone Prison     With the election less than a week upon us, it is not surprising but no less distressing that both Senators Obama and McCain talk about health care reform almost entirely in terms of the middle class.  This is distressing, as the uninsured poor in this country represent a truly catastrophic health care crisis. The uninsured poor, many of whom are unqualified to receive Medicaid or Medicare benefits, die far sooner of illnesses that are easily treatable if they had access to even the most basic care.  […]

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