Jordan, Maguire Fellow in Vermont

Jordan G. is a graduate student studying medical anthropology. He was awarded a Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Fellowship for summer 2017 from the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility at SMU. He is spending the summer volunteering with The Hive, a public mental health service group in Brattleboro, Vermont.

Engaged Research

I volunteered with the Hive Mutual Support Network because of its close fit with my anthropological focus – grassroots alternatives to the mental health system. And while I’ve shared how my own experiences with psychiatry connect to this work in previous posts, my final week here saw the personal, political and academic (e)merge more clearly. For the Hive’s August potluck, I presented and facilitated a discussion on Survivor-Controlled Research, a form of participatory research done by those who’ve experienced mental health services. Through this, and the rest of the summer’s work, research has begun to take on a meaning for me which feels critical to flesh out in this last post. Looking out the window of the Hive space. [...]

2017-08-15T11:02:08+00:00 August 15th, 2017|Jordan, Maguire Fellow in Vermont|

Creative Maladjustment Day

  On Sunday July 16, the Hive hosted a day of free workshops led by friends and community members. Creative Maladjustment Day, as it’s called, is devoted to challenging oppressive systems and celebrating those ways we respond to them that are often labeled “mad,” “noncompliant” or “maladjusted.” Six sessions, which ran all day, addressed issues such as harm reduction and addiction, healthcare activism, and the interconnected struggles of marginalized groups. There was a good turnout– over the course of the day, about 30 people from the Hive and beyond– with participants enjoying snacks, homemade teas made from wild herbs, and plenty of time to connect with one another. Here's some background and highlights to give a fuller picture of what [...]

2017-08-07T10:41:40+00:00 August 1st, 2017|Jordan, Maguire Fellow in Vermont|

Meet the Hive

Jordan G. is a graduate student studying medical anthropology. He was awarded a Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Fellowship for summer 2017 from the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility at SMU. He is spending the summer volunteering with The Hive, a public mental health service group in Brattleboro, Vermont.

2017-06-20T16:12:07+00:00 June 20th, 2017|Jordan, Maguire Fellow in Vermont|