Giving Voice: The Past, Present, and Future of Mental Health Treatment in America


Wednesday, December 7th

5:30 pm

In-Person Reception

6:00 pm 

Keynote address by Stephen Fried

Thursday, December 8th

8:45 am to 9:15 am

Doors Open

Registration & Breakfast

9:15 am 

Opening Remarks: Rachel D’Agostino and Sophia Dahab

9:30 am to 11:00 am


Liana Kathleen Glew, “Memoirs of Madness: Asylum Reform and Patient Memoirists in the Nineteenth Century”

Diana M. Louis, “The ‘Method in Her Madness’: Harriet Tubman and Nineteenth-Century Conceptions of Insanity”

Moderator: Sophia Dahab

11:00 am to 11:30 am

Refreshment break

11:30 am to 1:00 pm


Martin Summers, “When Community Mental Health Met Community Control: Chicago’s Woodlawn Mental Health Center and the Black Freedom Struggle”

Anne Parsons, “Asylums and the Carceral State”

Moderator: Stephen Fried

1:00 pm to 2:30 pm 

Lunch on your own

2:30 pm to 3:00 pm 

Meditation session with Nicole Taylor, founder of A Joyful Pause

Note: we will close the Reading Room door when the meditation session begins in order to avoid disruption, so please make sure you return from lunch on time if you wish to attend. 

3:00 pm to 4:30 pm


Marc Herzog – National Coordinator, Irreverent Warriors Inc.

Shelby Arnold – Staff Psychologist specializing in Forensic Psychology, Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Paul Grant – Director of Research, Innovation, and Practice at the Beck Institute Center for Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy

Lamya Broussard – Senior Clinician at Uplift Center for Grieving Children

Consuelo Corazon Cagande – Division Chief of the Community Care and Wellness Program at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Moderator: Rachel D’Agostino

This symposium is a production of the 2022 Hearing Voices exhibition at the Library Company of Philadelphia. Hearing Voices was supported, in part, by the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, the Sozosei Foundation, Pennsylvania Council for the Arts, PA Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, and the Louise Lux-Sions and Harry Sions Endowment.