New schedule changes to the online Richardson Seminar on the history of psychiatry

Please note some changes in the Spring lecture schedule at the Institute of Psychiatry. Due to illness, Susannah Cahalan’s lecture on her new book, The Great Pretender, has been postponed and will be rescheduled, hopefully for May. However in her stead, we are delighted to host author Casey Schwartz, whose new book, Attention, A Love Story was released this month by Penguin Random House. It explores the relationship between psychostimulants and a world increasingly permeated with distraction and interference. A regular writer for the New York Times on matters of psychology, Schwartz’s previous book was In the Mind Fields: Exploring the New Science of Neuropsychoanalysis (Pantheon, 2015).  In conversation with Dr. George Makari, she will discuss her new work, which blends memoir, biography, and reporting to probe the intersection between reliance on Adderall and the meaning of attention itself.

Please join us via Zoom on Wednesday, April 22 at 2pm EST for this fascinating discussion. To attend, contact

In addition, please note that with regret, we have postponed this year’s Carlson Lecture. Our much-anticipated guest, Prof. Fernando Vidal of Spain, has been invited to join us instead in person a year from this May. More on that as soon as we know!

Richardson Schedule – Spring 2020

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