When Loss Isn't Losing: Supporting Mental Health | Albright College

When Loss Isn’t Losing: Supporting Mental Health

April 9, 2019

The Albright College 2019 Gallagher Memorial Lecture will delve into “When Loss Isn’t Losing: Supporting Mental Health,” with theologian and Africana studies professor Monica Coleman, Ph.D.

April 15 at 4:30 p.m.
McMillan Center South Lounge

Alfred North Whitehead’s metaphysics is known for providing an alternative theological response to the problem of evil. In fact, Whitehead redefines evil as loss — causing us to both redefine the prevalence of loss and creatively approach the ways we address it. Coleman will consider Whitehead’s concept of loss in the context of mental health and draw from Whitehead’s vision of an ideal society to suggest spiritual practices for living with mental health challenges.

About the speaker
A current professor of Africana Studies at the University of Delaware and an ordained elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Monica Coleman, Ph.D., has taught theological education for the Claremont School of Theology and holds degrees from Harvard Divinity School and Vanderbilt University. She is the author of six books including her memoir “Bipolar Faith: A Black Woman’s Journey with Depression and Faith.”

About the lecture
The annual Gallagher Memorial Lecture is made possible by L. Gene Gatter and the Gatter Foundation and was created to honor the late James J. Gallagher Jr., Albright Class of 1950. Gallagher taught at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and was professor and chairman of Drexel University’s law department until his death in 1977. The series is designed to bring outstanding scholars in the field of religious studies to Albright.