THE CHANGING FACE OF WHAT IS NORMAL, The Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA. April 2013 through September 2014. http://www.exploratorium.edu/
TOMPKINS COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY, Ithaca, NY, 24 October 2013
I spoke about the project at the Tompkins County Public Library in Ithaca, NY. My presentation was in conjunction with their exhibit of Darby Penny’s project “The Lives They Left Behind”. Craig Williams spoke as well. Here is a link to their website.
YALE SCHOOL OF ART / JESSICA HELFAND’S CLASS “VISUAL BIOGRAPHY” , 4 November 2013
This is the third year I have spoken to Jessica’s class and it was, as usual, very interesting and helpful to get the students feedback on the project. Here is a link to the class tumblr page.
NEW YORK STATE HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION / CONFERENCE ON NEW YORK STATE HISTORY, 13 June 2014 at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY
Presentation during a panel discussion on “The Lives of Institutionalized People: Willard and Willowbrook.
TEDx MARTHA’S VINEYARD / INSANITY, GENIUS, AND THE CREATIVE PROCESS
I gave a brief presentation about the suitcases and displayed 8 framed prints at the event.
THE COLUMBIA CENTER FOR ARCHAEOLOGY, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, 25 September 2014
I talked about the suitcases to a combined group of faculty and students from the archaeology and anthropology, departments. It was fantastic!
PELHAM (MA) HISTORICAL SOCIETY, 12 May 2015
I spoke to a lovely group about the suitcases. It was nice to see so many familiar faces in the crowd.
WESTERN MASS CREATIVE ECONOMY SUMMIT 2015, 15 May 2015
I spoke about my work on the suitcases and how to go about raising funds for independent projects.
WILLARD PSYCHIATRIC CENTER EMPLOYEE REUNION, 5 September 2015
This was a repeat visit for me. I showed a few framed photographs and had the chance to talk to some of the wonderful people who worked at Willard before it closed in 1995.
EDITH B. FORD MEMORIAL LIBRARY, OVID, NY, 24 September 2015
I spoke about the project to a full house at the library, which included many retired employees from Willard. I got tremendous feedback, and had some important questions answered. It was a great evening.
THE CALIFORNIA HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION ANNUAL BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CONFERENCE, RIVERSIDE, CA, 8 December 2015
I had the amazing opportunity to share the project with 300+ folks from California who are working in the behavioral health field. Thirty of the suitcase photographs were on display in the lobby and I spoke to the whole group at the beginning of the day. I was so impressed with the steps the state is taking in helping people who are struggling with mental health issues, and it was great to get feedback from people working on the front lines.