PSYCHOLOGIST, AUTHOR, AND BARD ALUMNA PHYLLIS CHESLER, WHO WILL SPEAK AT BARD COLLEGE ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21.ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.-Dr. Phyllis Chesler, a psychologist, author, feminist, and 1963 Bard graduate, will speak on "Women, Madness, and Opera," reading from her classic 1972 book Women and Madness and her most recent book, Letter to a Young Feminist, during a lecture at Bard College on Wednesday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m. The talk, in Bard Hall, is free and open to the public.
Chesler, who is professor of psychology, sociology, anthropology, and women's studies at the City University of New York's Richmond College is the author of several books about psychology and feminist issues. Her groundbreaking Women and Madness has been reprinted many times in the United States and internationally. "That book" wrote Carolyn See in the Washington Post, "discussed the various ways that women were driven to madness by living in a male-dominated world, how women's legitimate rage was usually defined as insanity by medical men, and, indeed, how psychoanalysis existed as a kind of cottage industry that made a living off these injustices."
Letters to a Young Feminist, Chesler's latest book, comprises a "series of messages, lessons, homilies for the young feminists who have inherited Chesler's present world," says See in the same review. "This is a book in which the author takes stock of radical feminism, its gains and losses, and her own part in the movement."
Chesler's talk is sponsored by the Dean of Students Office, the Women's Alliance, BRAVE, and the Office of Alumni/ae Affairs at Bard College. For further information, call 914-758-7684.
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