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Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison - An Unquiet Mind: Understanding Depression, Bipolar Illness, and Suicide

Tuesday, January 15, 2019
7:00pm to 9:30pm
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Beckman Auditorium
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Counseling Services is pleased to announce that the first speaker in the Kevin P. Austin Memorial lecture series is internationally recognized clinician and speaker, Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison.  She will be speaking on her struggle with bipolar disorder as chronicled in her book An Unquiet Mind.

Kay Redfield Jamison is the Dalio Professor in Mood Disorders, Professor of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and co-director of the Johns Hopkins Mood Disorders Center.  She is also Honorary Professor of English at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.   She is co-author of the standard medical text on manic-depressive (bipolar) illness, which was chosen as the most outstanding book in biomedical sciences by the American Association of Publishers, and author of Touched with FireAn Unquiet MindNight Falls FastExuberance, and Nothing Was the Same.

Dr. Jamison has written more than 125 scientific and clinical articles about mood disorders, suicide, creativity, and lithium.  Her memoir, An Unquiet Mind, which chronicles her own experience with bipolar illness, was on The New York Times bestseller list for five months and translated into thirty languages. Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide was a national bestseller and selected by The New York Times as a Notable Book of 1999. Exuberance: The Passion for Life was selected by The Washington Post, The Seattle Times, and The San Francisco Chronicle as one of the best books of 2004 and by Discover magazine as one of the best science books of the year.  Her most recent book, Robert Lowell:  Setting the River On Fire, was a Pulitzer Prize Finalist and selected as one of the best books of 2017 by The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Seattle Times, The Irish Times, and The Times Literary Supplement, and New Statesman.

Dr. Jamison is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Royal Society of Edinburgh as well as the recipient of numerous literary and scientific awards, including the Lewis Thomas Prize, the Sarnat Prize from the National Academy of Medicine, and a MacArthur Fellowship.

"Jamison's [strength] is in the gutsy way she has made her disease her life's work and in her brilliant ability to convey its joys and its anguish." - The Washington Post

"It stands alone in the literature of manic depression for its bravery, brilliance and beauty." – Oliver Sacks on An Unquiet Mind

This event is free and open to the public. Donations to the Kevin P. Austin Memorial Fund are encouraged, and will help continue to support the annual lecture series in his honor.


For more information, please contact Caltech Ticket Office by phone at (626) 395-4652 or by email at [email protected] or visit the Student Wellness Services site.