2011 Girard Lecture with Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison: “Personal and Professional Perspectives on Bipolar Illness”

CLAREMONT, Calif. (April 4, 2011) — Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison Johns Hopkins University professor and renowned expert on bipolar disorder, Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison will deliver a lecture on “Personal and Professional Perspectives on Bipolar Illness,” as the 2011 Marion Jane Girard Lecture in Scripps College’s Humanities Auditorium on Monday, April 11, at 4:15 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

Jamison is a professor of psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and co-director of the Johns Hopkins Mood Disorders Center. She received her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from UCLA, where she became a faculty member in 1975 and went on to found and direct the school’s Affective Disorders Clinic, a large teaching and research facility for outpatient treatment. Notably, she has co-authored the standard medical text on bipolar illness, Manic-Depressive Illness (1990), which was chosen as the most outstanding book in biomedical sciences by the American Association of Publishers. She was named a MacArthur Fellowship recipient in 2001. Over the course of her career, she has authored more than 125 scientific and clinical articles about mood disorders, suicide, creativity, and lithium.  Her memoir, An Unquiet Mind (1995), which explores her own experience with manic depression, was a national bestseller. The Washington Post selected her most recent book, Nothing Was the Same, as one of the best books of 2009. In 2010, Jamison was conferred with an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters from the University of St. Andrews in recognition of her life’s work.

The Marion Jane Girard Lecture was established in 1968 by Mr. and Mrs. Joseph M. Girard, in memory of Marion Jane Girard, Mr. Girard’s mother, for the purpose of bringing a distinguished person in the field of psychology, psychiatry, or mental health to Scripps College to present a lecture in his or her field and to conduct seminars and discussion groups with students and faculty on the general subject matter of said lecture.

For additional information, contact Scripps College’s department of psychology at (909) 607-3249.

About Scripps College

Scripps College was founded in 1926 by Ellen Browning Scripps, a pioneering philanthropist and influential figure in the worlds of education, publishing, and women’s rights. Today, Scripps is a nationally top-ranked liberal arts college and women’s college with approximately 950 students, and is a member of The Claremont Colleges in southern California. The mission of Scripps College is to educate women to develop their intellects and talents through active participation in a community of scholars, so that as graduates they may contribute to society through public and private lives of leadership, service, integrity, and creativity.


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