Luther College's Joseph Breitenstein to speak on mental illness Oct. 8

Joseph L. Breitenstein, associate professor of psychology, will present the fall Paideia Lecture "The 'Other' is Us: The Stigmatization of Mental Illness" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, in the Center for Faith and Life Recital Hall on the Luther campus.

The presentation will focus on the impact of peoples' views and thoughts of mental illness and how society is placing persons with mental illness into groups without even realizing it. Breitenstein says mental illness is ubiquitous and, unfortunately, we will experience mental illness ourselves or in someone very close to us and be adversely affected by those experiences.

In his lecture, Breitenstein will speak about how the characterizing of mental illness is also seemingly ubiquitous, which serves to establish "otherness" and discrimination, or even suffering in those that are ultimately just like us or close to us.

A reception will follow the lecture in Qualley Lounge in the Center for Faith and Life. Both the lecture and the reception are open to the public with no charge for admission.

Breitenstein, a licensed psychologist, teaches most of the upper-level clinical psychology courses at Luther. He has conducted hundreds of psychological evaluations of adults and children in various settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons and courtrooms.