An Evening with Paula Joan Caplan

This is the archived show.

Paula Joan Caplan, PhD, graduate cum laude from Harvard University. Her full biography can be found here. She has published and lectured extensively over a period of decades. Notably, she served on the DSM-IV Task Force for two years before resigning on moral and ethical grounds and then wrote an expose on the DSM process called They Say You’re Crazy: How the World’s Most Powerful Psychiatrists Decide Who’s Normal (1995) and later was first editor of Bias in Psychiatric Diagnosis. She currently is an Associate in the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard, as well as being Project Director of the Voices of Diversity Project about sexism and racism on college campuses. Tonight our focus will be on Dr. Caplan’s unique work with veterans and her multi-awardwinning film, “Is Anybody Listening?” which is about the danger in the chasms between veterans and nonveterans, and the unifying project she has created, “Listen to a Veteran.” The film and project grew from the work on her most recent book, When Johnny and Jane Come Marching Home: How All of Us Can Help Veterans (2011, 2016), We should be alarmed that the effects of war and rape trauma in the military and elsewhere are often labeled “PTSD” instead of deeply human reactions!

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