Songwriter Meg Hutchinson Opens SSW Public Lecture Series

Singer/songwriter and mental health advocate Meg Hutchinson will give the first talk in this year's Smith College School for Social Work's public lecture series.

The Smith College School for Social Work is hosting its annual public lecture series, offering lively talks on cutting-edge issues in social work to students, alumnae, professionals and members of the public.

This year’s series, which begins Sunday, June 4, takes up topics ranging from America’s legacy of white supremacy to treating traumatic brain injury. The lectures, all of which will be held in Weinstein Auditorium, are free and open to the public.

Songwriter, poet and recording artist Meg Hutchinson opens this year’s series with the Lydia Rapoport Lecture, “The Courage to Remain,” at 4:15 p.m. on Sunday, June 4.

Hutchinson, an award-winning singer/songwriter from the Berkshires, has worked to promote better understanding of mental health issues. In addition to lecturing at universities and teaching hospitals nationwide, Hutchinson released the 2015 documentary “Pack Up Your Sorrows,” which explores her own experience of living with bipolar disorder.

Other talks in the SSW series include:

  • Brown Foundation Research Lecture, Monday, June 12, 7:30 p.m. “Traumatic Brain Injury and Suicide Risk Among Veterans,” by Lisa Brenner, professor at the University of Colorado Anshutz Medical Campus and director of Veterans Health Administration, Rocky Mountain Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center.
  • Lydia Rapoport Anti-Racism Lecture, Monday, June 26, 7:30 p.m. “Jane Crow (In)Justice: African American Women, Mass Incarceration, and the Mainstreaming of White Supremacy (A History of the Present),” by Leigh-Anne Francis, assistant professor of African American studies and women’s gender and sexuality studies at The College of New Jersey.
  • E. Diane Davis Lecture, Friday, July 21, 7:30 p.m. “Identity, Choice and Constraint in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy,” by Usha Tummala-Narra, associate professor of counseling and psychology at Boston College.

Social work professionals can earn continuing education credits by attending the SSW lectures. Video of the series will also be available through the school’s professional education offerings.

More information is available online.