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Press Release: Dr. Richard Noll to Speak on "Witchcraft or Bad Genes? A Report on Psychiatry in Africa Today," Wed., Sept. 14
Date: 9/7/2005


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Dr. Richard Noll to Speak on "Witchcraft or Bad Genes? A Report on Psychiatry in Africa Today," Wed., Sept. 14

Dr. Richard Noll, clinical psychologist and associate professor in the department of social sciences at DeSales University, will discuss "Witchcraft or Bad Genes? A Report on Psychiatry in Africa Today" at noon on Wednesday, September 14, in Trexler Library at DeSales. He will speak about Africa's concepts of mental health, and the Christian and secular influences. This program will include a question-and-answer session. The presentation is part of the Brown Bag Lunch Series and is open to the public free of charge.

This past summer, while in South Africa, Noll addressed the medical faculty of the University of Cape Town in an auditorium at Valkenberg Hospital, the oldest psychiatric hospital in the country. During his talk with the staff, he became intrigued by the culture clash between traditional African concepts of mental health and illness. Also, the influence of Christianity on these traditional African beliefs and the secular view on mental health and illness found in Euro-American psychiatry.

Noll is the author of seven scholarly books, some of which have been translated into 13 foreign languages, and numerous articles published in academic journals in the fields of psychology, psychiatry, and anthropology. A member of the DeSales faculty since August 2000, Noll taught and conducted research at Harvard University as a postdoctoral fellow and as a lecturer in the History of Science. He has also delivered lectures and taught courses in 14 foreign countries on five continents.

Trexler Library established the Brown bag Lunch Series in September 1999. The purpose of the series is to provide faculty, staff, and students an opportunity to share their research projects, personal interests, and hobbies with the whole DeSales University community.

For more information on the program or the Brown Bag Lunch Series, please contact Debbie Malone, director of Trexler Library at DeSales University, at 610-282-1100, ext. 1253.


Press Release: Dr. Richard Noll to Speak on "Witchcraft or Bad Genes? A Report on Psychiatry in Africa Today," Wed., Sept. 14 | Posted on: 9/7/2005

For more info:
Tom McNamara, Executive D
irector of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034

610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu

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