Event Type: Conversations
March 1, 2023


This event is virtual, registration required.

4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Event Organizer

The Psychoanalytic Studies Program at the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society

Event Sponsor

Event Co-Sponsor(s)

Department of Medical Humanities and Ethics, Vagelos School of Medicine.


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A tiny mutation on the X chromosome can shape a family’s history.

Passed down from a “carrier” parent to a child, fragile X syndrome is the most common inherited cause of intellectual disability and autism. Further troubling the experience of affected families, many fragile X carriers—once thought unaffected—also suffer from disabling symptoms. Author of The Carriers: What the Fragile X Gene Reveals About Family, Heredity, and Scientific Discovery, Anne Skomorowsky narrates the stories of these families exposing the complex interactions between genes, personality, and family dynamics, while underlining the ethical dilemmas of genetic medicine.

Anne Skomorowsky MD is Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry, NYU Grossman School of Medicine. Her writing on psychiatry and medicine has also appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Scientific American, and Slate.

Daniel Schechter MD is Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Lausanne University, Switzerland. His award-winning research focuses on the intergenerational transmission of trauma; the impact of family violence on early parent-child relationships; and the social-emotional development of young children. Trained in psychoanalysis, he is coeditor, September 11: Trauma and Human Bonds.

Alex Minna Stern PhD is Humanities Dean, Professor of English, and Founder and Co-director of the Sterilization and Social Justice Lab at UCLA. Her many books include Eugenic Nation: Faults and Frontiers of Better Breeding in Modern America (winner, the American Public Health Association Viseltear Prize) and Telling Genes: The Story of Genetic Counseling in America.

Adele Tutter MD PhD is Director, the Psychoanalytic Studies Program, and Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Vagelos School of Medicine, Columbia University, where she teaches in the Department of Narrative Medicine. Her publications include Dream House: An Intimate Portrait of the Philip Johnson Glass House.

The Psychoanalytic Studies Program (PSP) of the ICLS at Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences supports the exploration of the synergistic interfacebetween psychoanalytic thought, the humanities and social sciences, and the fine arts. For moreinformation, see https://icls.columbia.edu/graduate-program/psychoanalytic-studies-program,or contact Adele Tutter, atutter@mac.com.

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