The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness

October 27, 2008, 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Room 275, Brandeis School of Law
Sponsored by: Jim Jones, NAMI and the Diversity Committee
Registration Cost: Free and open to the public.
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USC's Gould School of Law Associate Dean & Professor, Elyn Saks, author of The Center Cannot Hold, My Journey Through Madness will speak at an upcoming event of the Diversity Forum Series.

Come here her story about a life of tremendous achievement obtained while suffering from severe schizophrenia with a poor prognosis.


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10:30 AM: Meet and Greet with Faculty in the Cox Lounge.

11:30 AM: A light lunch will be provided by Expressions of You.

12:00 AM: Program

  1:00 PM: Booksigning provided by Carmichael's Bookstore.

Speaker Bios

Elyn Ronna Saks was born on October 3, 1955 in Miami, Florida. In 1977 she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy as class valedictorian at Vanderbilt University. She won a prestigious Marshall Scholarship to study at Oxford University, where in 1981 she earned a Master of Letters in philosophy. In 1986 she obtained her Juris Doctor with honors from Yale Law School, where she was an editor of the Yale Law Journal and published a note there. She is a classmate of Sam Marcosson. In 1989 she joined the faculty at the Gould School of Law at the University of Southern California. Today Professor Saks is the Associate Dean for Research and Orrin B. Evans Professor of Law, Psychology, and Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at the Gould School of Law; Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine; and Research Clinical Associate at the New Center for Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles. She has written three scholarly books, numerous articles and book chapters, and worked on many grants on mental health-related issues. In her fourth book, The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness (Hyperion 2007) Professor Saks disclosed what few until then knew?she has suffered from severe schizophrenia, with a grave prognosis, since her years at Oxford. Her memoir has garnered rave reviews and a number of awards, including one from NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness); People magazine published a feature article about Professor Saks and her book, and Time magazine chose her work as one of the ten best nonfiction books of 2007. In 2001 Professor Saks married Will Vinet; they live in Los Angeles.