Join us on Zoom to Learn About the Bard at Brooklyn Micrcollege
and how to apply for 2020-2021!
Tuesday, April 7th 2020 4:30-5:30 PM
Please email microcollege.bard.edu to register for the Zoom link
Gabriel N. Mendes is Director of Public Health Programs for the Bard Prison Initiative. He is a scholar, teacher, and administrator whose work spans the interdisciplinary fields of Black Diasporic Studies, the History and Critique of the Human Sciences, and Public Health who has taught at Bard College, Brown University, UC San Diego, and Vanderbilt University.
This presentation uses Harlem’s Lafargue Mental Hygiene Clinic (1946-58) as a prism through which to consider novel ways of thinking about mental health, race, and the substance of citizenship that emerged on the margins of American psychiatry in the early post-World War II era. The clinic represents both a practical response to the need for low-cost psychotherapy and counseling for black residents of New York City (many of whom were newly-arrived migrants) and a radical precursor to nation-wide campaigns to address racialized disparities in mental healthcare access and treatment.