Established in honor of Mary Flexner, a Bryn Mawr graduate of the class of 1895, the Lectureship has brought some of the world’s best-known humanists to campus for a brief residency.
In addition to their public lectures, holders of the Mary Flexner Lectureship often lead seminars or discussions with undergraduate and graduate students. By agreement with Bryn Mawr, the Flexner Lectures are subsequently published by Harvard University Press.
Mindy Thompson Fullilove, MD, DLFAPA, Hon AIA, is a social psychiatrist and professor of urban policy and health at The New School. She completed her undergraduate work at Bryn Mawr College, went to medical school at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and completed psychiatric residency at New York Hospital-Westchester Division and Montefiore Hospital. Since 1986, she has conducted research on AIDS and other epidemics of poor communities with a special interest in the relationship between the collapse of communities and decline in health. She has published over 100 scientific papers and eight books. Among her books are the highly-regarded Urban Restoration Trilogy, Root Shock: How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America and What We Can Do About It, Urban Alchemy: Restoring Joy in America’s Sorted-Out Cities and Main Street: How a City’s Heart Connects Us All. She has received many awards for her work, including two honorary doctorates. She is a distinguished life fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects.