Menlo to Co-Host Mental Health and Medical Ethics In Times of Crisis Seminar

ATHERTON, Calif. (August. 12, 2020) – Menlo College Assistant Professor Lisa Mendelman is collaborating with New York Times bestselling author Susannah Cahalan and Assistant Professor at University of Pennsylvania Dominic Sisti to deliver a virtual seminar on the emotional and physical effects of our ongoing public health crises. The conversation led by Mendelman, Cahalan and Sisti will focus on mental health, social context, and building a sustainable future. 

Northwestern Medicine Feinberg School of Medicine’s Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities and Menlo College will sponsor the seminar, which is part of a series run by CoVid-19: Critical/Creative Studies in Music, Image, and Text. 

Lisa Mendelman is Assistant Professor of English and Digital Humanities at Menlo College. She works in the health humanities, with a focus on gender, race, and affect in twentieth-century America. Her first book, Modern Sentimentalism: Affect, Irony, and Female Authorship in Interwar America (Oxford UP, 2019), chronicles the emotional history of the modern woman and the corollary reinvention of sentimentalism in US interwar fiction.   

Susannah Cahalan is the New York Times bestselling author of Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness (2012), a memoir about her struggle with a rare autoimmune disease of the brain. Her work has appeared in various newspapers, magazines, and academic journals, including the New York Times, Psychology Today, the New York Post, The New Scientist, Elle and Biological Psychiatry.   

Dominic Sisti is director of the Scattergood Program for the Applied Ethics of Behavioral Health Care and assistant professor in the Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. His research examines the ethics of mental health care services and policies, including long-term psychiatric care for individuals with serious mental illness, and ethical issues in prison & jail healthcare. His scholarship has appeared in countless peer-reviewed journals, as well as been featured by popular media outlets such as the New York Times, The Economist, NPR, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Slate, and The Atlantic.  

The conversation will take place on October 1, 2020 at 4:00 CDT. Registration for this free event is required and can be done at:

Recommended pre-reading: 

Mendelman, Lisa and Victoria Papa. “The Art of Care: Susannah Cahalan On Madness, Diagnosis, and COVID-19,” Public Books 30 July 2020.

About Menlo College

Menlo College was established in 1927. It is a small, private, non-profit, four-year, accredited, residential college located in Atherton, California. Menlo College’s location in Silicon Valley, one of the world’s most entrepreneurial and innovative geographical areas, has enabled the college to create a valuable market niche for its students locally — as well as globally. Menlo College cultivates in its students the skills, integrity, and passion to make meaningful contributions in an innovation economy.