Wolf Humanities Center’s 2018-19 Forum on Stuff
October 24, 2018
Professor and Dean Emerita, Boston University’s School of Social Work
What happens when stuff takes over? Hoarding disorder is a startlingly common, and complicated, mental health condition. Not only a personal problem, social groups and institutions can also be overwhelmed by their material possessions. Museums, for example, may devote themselves so blindly to the tasks of collection and storage that they lack resources to do much else. One of the world’s leading authorities on the social and medical aspects of hoarding, Gail Steketee discusses the current research on this challenging problem and some emerging strategies for overcoming it.
Cosponsored by the School of Social Policy & Practice.
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