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PXSTL Lecture: Mindy Fullilove (The New School)

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When: Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Where: Pulitzer Arts Foundation (3716 Washington Blvd.)

How does environment impact mental health? How does stress affect one’s emotional ecosystem? And how do interpersonal ties and cultural capital help maintain collective connections?

At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, psychiatrist and urban policy expert Mindy Fullilove will discuss her concept of “root shock” — which can follow war, natural disaster or the slower-moving displacements that accompany gentrification — in a talk that will launch this fall’s free Public Lecture Series at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis.

The talk by Fullilove, a professor at The New School, is presented in conjunction with the PXSTL project  “A Way, Away (Listen While I Say),” the first joint commission by Chicago-based artists Amanda Williams and Andres L. Hernandez. Established in 2013, PXSTL is jointly sponsored by the Sam Fox School and the Pulitzer Arts Foundation to explore how small-scale creative interventions might serve as catalysts for urban transformation. It is co-sponsored by the Center for Social Development at Washington University as part of the Grand Challenges for Social Work.

Fullilove is a board-certified psychiatrist who explores the ties between environment and mental health. She is known for her work on the concept of "root shock," the traumatic stress reaction to the loss of some or all of one's emotional ecosystem. Root shock can follow natural disaster, development-induced displacement, war, and changes that play out slowly, such as those that accompany gentrification. At the community level, root shock is defined by the loss of interpersonal ties and the "capital"—social, cultural, political, and emotional—that is vested in the collective connections.

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