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Event and Online Exhibition

October 7, 2020

Please join us on Wednesday, October 7, from 4:30-5:30 pm for an event on Creativity and Mental Health. This event recognizes the 30th anniversary of the publication of William Styron’s Darkness Visible, a memoir of his depression and recovery. Along with discussing Styron’s work, our panelists will speak to the role of creativity in dealing with mental illness, trauma, and even everyday stresses.

Talks will be provided by:

  • James L.W. West III, Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English, Emeritus, Pennsylvania State University, author of William Styron: A Life (1998)
  • Sneha Mantri, M.D., M.S., neurologist and Director of the Trent Center’s Medical Humanities Program
  • Megha Gupta, M.D. Candidate, Duke University School of Medicine
  • Sarah Hodges, M.D. Candidate, Duke University School of Medicine

The event is free and open to all via Zoom.Please register at:

This event is sponsored by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library and will be a virtual opening to an online exhibition exploring mental health and creativity, which will include videos from this event.

EVENT: October 7, 2020 4:30 p.m. EST (virtual)

This exhibition was sponsored in part by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation. 

Leaf 66, holograph of incomplete novel. Box 12, William Styron papers