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FORUM ON STUFF: 'Buried in Treasures: When Stuff Takes Over'

  • Rainey Auditorium, Penn Museum 3260 South Street Philadelphia, PA, 19104 United States (map)

Wolf Humanities Center, University of Pennsylvania

Rainey Auditorium, Penn Museum, 3260 South Street
Buried in Treasures: When Stuff Takes Over
Gail Steketee

Professor and Dean Emerita, Boston University’s School of Social Work
What happens when stuff takes over? Hoarding disorder is a startlingly common, and complicated, mental health condition. Not only a personal problem, social groups and institutions can also be overwhelmed by their material possessions. Museums, for example, may devote themselves so blindly to the tasks of collection and storage that they lack resources to do much else. One of the world’s leading authorities on the social and medical aspects of hoarding, Gail Steketee will discuss the current research on this challenging problem and some emerging strategies for overcoming it.
Cosponsored by the School of Social Policy & Practice. Free and open to the public. Classes welcome. Pre-registration encouraged. ASL interpretation provided. More information and full calendar of events: