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October 22 & 23, 2020

Event Recording Coming Soon.

 Dr. S. Hughes Melton History Symposium

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Dr. S. Hughes Melton was appointed by Governor Ralph Northam in 2018 to lead DBHDS and transform Virginia's system for people with behavioral health and developmental disability.  Dr. Melton and his nearly 7,000 team members lead an agency that stewards $1.06 billion to operate fourteen state hospitals, collaborate with forty locally-run community services boards and license over 800 private providers.  It is with honor that the staff of Central State Hospital host this mental health history  symposium in the name of Dr. S. Hughes Melton.

Meet the Speakers

"Back to the Future of State Hospitals:

  The value of preserving the history of

   America's system of mental asylums"

Dr. Earl Lewis
Director and Founder, Professor
Center for Social Solutions
University of Michigan
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Dr. Diane Miller Sommerville
Professor of History
Binghamton University, SUNY
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Dr. Mag Segrest
Professor Emeritus of
Gender and Women Studies
 Connecticut College
Past Fellow at the National Humanities Center
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Dr. Martin Summers
Professor of History 
  and African Diaspora Studies
Boston College
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