Book prize for Summers

Cultural historian Martin Summers, a BC professor in the History Department and in the African and African Diaspora Studies Program, has been named a recipient of the 2021 Cheiron Book Prize for his work Madness in the City of Magnificent Intentions: A History of Race and Mental Illness in the Nation’s Capital (Oxford University Press). Presented by Cheiron, the International Society for the History of Behavioral and Social Sciences, the book prize recognizes an outstanding monograph in the history of the social/behavioral/human sciences. Madness in the City of Magnificent Intentions is a study of Saint Elizabeths Hospital, once one of the country’s preeminent research and teaching psychiatric hospitals, and its and its relationship to Washington, D.C.’s African American community. The book traces the hospital from its founding in 1855 to the 1980s and demonstrates how race was central to virtually every aspect of the hospital’s existence. Read more on BC News.

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