Elyn Saks, a legal scholar and psychiatric researcher who is schizophrenic, will discuss mental illness from both personal and policy perspectives in a visit to Skidmore College. Saks will speak about her successful life with schizophrenia on Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. in Filene Recital Hall on Skidmore’s campus. The talk is free and open to the public.
Saks had her first psychotic episode at the age of 18. With medication and other resources she graduated summa cum laude from Vanderbilt University. Today she is an associate dean and the Evans Professor of Law, Psychology, and Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at the University of Southern California’s Gould Law School.
Along with books on the law and ethics of mental illness, Saks also wrote The Center Cannot Hold, her autobiography about living with schizophrenia.