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Re-Reading The Catcher in the Rye: A Mental Health Perspective

March 2, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

J.D. Salinger’s novel The Catcher in the Rye (1951) introduced America to Holden Caulfield, the cynical teen, a character type common in literature and film ever since. Half lecture, half book discussion, this seminar will examine the American literary classic with the insights of professionals in the fields of psychology and psychiatry. Drawing on recent research in psychology, neuroscience, and adolescent mental health, the discussion will focus on issues such as self-perception, the desire for popularity, and Salinger’s own mental health.We’ll also consider how PTSD from his service in World War II may have affected his writing and life. Participants in this seminar will receive a copy of the book to help them join the conversation.


“Is This Kid Crazy?” From Adolescent Angst to Psychosis in The Catcher in the Rye
Brian Andrew Farah, Medical Director, High Point Medical Center, Wake Forest Baptist Health

What Kind of Teen is Holden Caulfield Today?
Mitch Prinstein, John Van Seters Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience

Reevaluating The Catcher in the Rye
A book discussion with our speakers


9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 2, 2019. The tuition is $75 and includes a copy of the book. A meal will not be offered with this seminar.

Discounts are available for UNC students, faculty, & staff. See our UNC Student, Staff, & Faculty Discounted Registration Policy here.

Co-Sponsored by the General Alumni Association.

Register for this seminar.

Please note: Registered participants will receive an email with all the Dialogues’ seminar information approximately two weeks before the program date.

After the program: Attendees can listen to recordings from the event here.


March 2, 2019
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Chapel Hill Campus
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