Title: “A Season in Hell’s Palace: My Journey to Randall Deihl’s Painting, ‘The Belchertown State School.’”
Speaker: Dr. James Trent
Purpose: Dr. Trent shared his experience working at the Belchertown State School during a faculty forum. He talked about institutionalizing people with disabilities and the painful memories he carried with him.
Dr. James Trent is the author of Inventing the Feeble Mind: A History of Mental Retardation in the United States that won the 1995 Hervey B. Wilbur Award of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.