Best Minds: How Allen Ginsberg Made Revolutionary Poetry from Madness

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Best Minds: How Allen Ginsberg Made Revolutionary Poetry from Madness


Event Info
Category Date and Time
  • Wednesday, April 19, 2023
  • 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Topic and Speaker
  • Best Minds: How Allen Ginsberg Made Revolutionary Poetry from Madness
  • Stevan M. Weine MD
    • Professor, Department of Psychiatry
    • Director of Global Medicine & Director of the Center for Global Health
    Stevan M. Weine

  • In-person
  • School of Public Health / Psychiatric Institute (SPHPI)
  • 1601 W. Taylor St.
  • Chicago IL 60612
  • Conference Room
    • Auditorium, Room 109
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Event Details

Dr. Weine is Professor of Psychiatry at the UIC College of Medicine, where he also Director of Global Medicine and Director of the Center for Global Health. For 30 years he has been conducting research both with refugees and migrants in the U.S. and in post-conflict countries, focused on mental health, health, and violence prevention. His research mission is to develop, implement, and evaluate psychosocial interventions that are feasible, acceptable, and effective with respect to the complex real-life contexts where at-risk populations live. This work has been supported by multiple grants from the NIMH, NICHD, DHS, NIJ, and other state, federal, and private funders, all with collaboration from community partners. This work has resulted in more than 130 publications and two books: When History is a Nightmare: Lives and Memories of Ethnic Cleansing in Bosnia-Herzegovina (Rutgers, 1999) and Testimony and Catastrophe: Narrating the Traumas of Political Violence (Northwestern, 2006). He has been awarded two Career Scientist Awards: “Services Based Research with Refugee Families” from the National Institute of Mental Health and “Labor Migration and Multilevel HIV Prevention” from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Dr. Weine is the 2020 recipient of the Abraham L. Halpern Humanitarian Award of the American Association for Social Psychiatry.


Psychiatrists, Neurologists, and other affiliated professionals interested in mental health


To provide current information on research, treatment, and policy issues relating to psychiatry and its adjunct fields

Instructional level:



  1. To describe the impact of parental serious mental illness on children and families, including the burdens of family caregivers.
  2. To identify the possibilities and limitations of psychiatric care in the mid 20th century including prolonged confinement and the disastrous use of lobotomy.
  3. To explain strategies for humanizing madness through artistic witness.
Best Minds: How Allen Ginsberg Transformed Madness into Revolutionary Poetry
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