Witherspoon Lecture set for February 5, 2019!

Tanya Luhrmann
Shamans and Schizophrenia: How Religious Practice May Change Psychotic Experience

We are pleased to announce our annual Witherspoon Lecture speaker, Tanya Luhrmann who will present "Shamans and Schizophrenia:  How Religious Practice May Change Psychotic Experience" on February 5, 2019 at UNC Charlotte Center City.

Tanya Marie Luhrmann is the Watkins University Professor in the Stanford Anthropology Department. Her work focuses on the edge of experience: on voices, visions, the world of the supernatural and the world of psychosis. She has done ethnography on the streets of Chicago with homeless and psychotic women, and worked with people who hear voices in Chennai, Accra and the South Bay. She has also done fieldwork with evangelical Christians who seek to hear God speak back, with Zoroastrians who set out to create a more mystical faith, and with people who practice magic. She uses a combination of ethnographic and experimental methods to understand the phenomenology of unusual sensory experiences, the way they are shaped by ideas about minds and persons, and what we can learn from this social shaping that can help us to help those whose voices are distressing.

She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2003 and received a John Guggenheim Fellowship award in 2007.When God Talks Back was named a NYT Notable Book of the Year and a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year. Her new book, Our Most Troubling Madness: Schizophrenia and Culture, will be published by the University of California Press in 2016.

You can visit her website here.

RSVP required:  Click here to RSVP
When:  Tuesday, February 5, 2019.
              Reception at 6pm
              Lecture at 7pm
Where:  UNC charlotte Center City Auditorium
                2nd floor
               320 E. 9th Street, Charlotte, NC 28202
RSVP:   Required. please Click here to rsvp.
             Event is free.  rsvp to reserve seat and parking.  

Parking, by permit, is available at 422 E. 9th Street at the corner of 9th and Brevard.  We will issue parking permits to registered guests.

Handicapped parking is available at 625 N. Brevard and requires a University decal or event parking pass in conjunction with the appropriate handicapped placard. 

If you need a handicapped parking pass for this event, please email Karyn Williamson-Coria at  kwill235@uncc.edu.

We look forward to seeing you there.