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Cancelled - “A person is a tree that can be shaken at any time”: The means to heal in another culture, the Zezuru of Zimbabwe, a lecture by Pamela Reynolds

Why I Fight Related Event
Sunday, March 29, 2020
12:00-1:00 PM
1807 East Quadrangle Map
This event has been cancelled.

The purpose of this talk is to highlight the manner in which Zezuru healers care in-community for their patients in contrast to the awful psychiatric hospital environment depicted in ‘Why I Fight.’

Free and open to the public.

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Why I Fight, a theatrical adaptation of the 2019 Michigan Quarterly Review novelette by James Munro Leaf, dramatizes the perils of being defined by a mental illness and being caught in the psychiatric system. It probes the presumption of labels and the complex dynamics of power, dehumanization, and abuse in clinical settings. Creative director Gillian Eaton and actor Malcolm Tulip, faculty of the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance, engage students in this production at U-M Residential College’s Keene Theater from March 26–29, 2020.

Based on collaboration with the U-M Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Program and other University units, a series of panels on mental illness and the arts follow each performance. Panelists will expand on themes in Why I Fight and invite conversation with audience members. Individuals and family members who live with mental illness; U-M faculty conducting psycho-social, public health, and biomedical research; and practitioners in the arts will explore the roles of creativity and the outdoors in healing. Dr. Melvin McInnis, Director of the Prechter Program, and other U-M mental health experts, will moderate the panels.

A catered reception and information tables for community resources in the arts and mental health follow each performance.
Building: East Quadrangle
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Discussion, Free, Health & Wellness, Lecture
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Residential College, School of Music, Theatre & Dance, Michigan Medicine, Michigan Learning Communities, Michigan Quarterly Review