Join us for a Master of Liberal Arts program (MLA) faculty spotlight lecture by Alida Bouris. In addition to teaching in the MLA, Professor Bouris is an Associate Professor in the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration. The overall goal of her research is to develop effective interventions that capitalize on the strengths of families and other supportive persons in the lives of young people. She studies the social-contextual factors associated with poor mental health among LGBT youth of color and how structural inequalities and co-occurring psychosocial problems are linked to health.
In her talk, Professor Bouris will be giving a sneak peek of her upcoming autumn 2017 MLA course, From Madness to Mental Health. This course will endeavor to define what is meant by "mental illness" and "mental health," how these definitions are historically, socially, and culturally situated, and how different understandings shape both private and public responses. Course materials will draw from a wide range of disciplines-including psychiatry, psychology, sociology, anthropology, law, public health, and social work, as well as portrayals in popular culture and the narratives of people living with and affected by mental illness.
After the lecture, there will be a short presentation on the Master of Liberal Arts program at UChicago and time to socialize with current MLA students, alumni, and faculty.