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Tanya Talaga

Tuesday, November 16, 2021
9:30am – 10:30am

Tanya Talaga is an Anishinaabe journalist and speaker. Talaga’s mother’s family is from Fort William First Nation and her father was Polish-Canadian. Her first book, Seven Fallen Feathers, is a national bestseller, winning the RBC Taylor Prize, the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing, and the First Nation Communities Read Award: Young Adult/Adult. Her second book, All Our Relations: Finding The Path Forward, is also a national bestseller and finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Nonfiction Prize. Talaga heads up Makwa Creative Inc., a production company focused on amplifying Indigenous voices through documentary films, TV and podcasts.


Elyn Saks

Wednesday, November 17, 2021
1:00pm – 2:00pm

When the Rubber Hits the Road: Lived Experience, Policy, and Prejudice on the Streets
Professor Saks will describe how her lived experience intersects with her teaching, consulting, and publishing.  Professor Saks will illustrate how she has experienced stigma in her own academic community and on the streets of LA, where she recently had a distressing and disheartening encounter with the police. She will offer some policy proposals that may be helpful to a range of stakeholders.

Elyn R. Saks is Orrin B. Evans Distinguished Professor of Law, Psychology, and Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law; Founder and Faculty Director of the Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy, and Ethics; Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine; and Faculty at the New Center for Psychoanalysis. Professor Saks received her J.D. from Yale Law School, and a Ph.D. in Psychoanalytic Science from the New Center for Psychoanalysis. She was also awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree (LL.D., Hon.) from Pepperdine University and an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters (L.H.D., Hon.) from William James College.

Saks writes extensively in the area of law and mental health, having published five books and more than fifty articles and book chapters. Her memoir, The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness, describes her struggles with schizophrenia and her managing to craft a good life for herself in the face of a dire prognosis. She has won numerous honors, including a 2009 John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship (the so-called “Genius Grant”).