Speak up! featuring Dr. King Davis
Thursday, May 19 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Now is the time to speak up about mental health! Americans are facing multiple mental health crises, and Texas consistently ranks as one of the worst states in the U.S. for access to mental health care. Each of us plays a critical role in spreading the message that mental health is health. Join us on May 19 to change the conversation about mental illness.
In partnership with the Bullock Texas State History Museum, discover the history of mental health care in Texas, its evolution over the years, and inspirational plans of action that will impact the future of public health, through a moderated conversation with Dr. King Davis. As former executive director at the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health and current lead on the Austin State Hospital Archives Project, Dr. Davis is working on the long-term identification, preservation, research, and utilization of the Austin State Hospital's historical archives maintained from its opening in 1857. This event will build upon the content of the Mind Matters exhibition by tackling historical stereotypes, educating the public on the spectrum of mental health conditions and treatments, and presenting issues in mental health to be addressed in modern America.
Prior to the conversation with Dr. Davis, join us for a welcome reception, and afterward, explore the Mind Matters exhibition.
Admission costs for this program support the educational missions of both NAMI Central Texas and the Bullock Texas State History Museum.
Dr. King Davis
Professor and Activist
Dr. King Davis was appointed professor of research in the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin in 2014 and is currently working on the Austin State Hospital (ASH) Archives Project. The purpose of this project is to assist ASH in the long-term identification, preservation, research, and utilization of the historical archives maintained from its opening in 1857. Dr. Davis is noted for leading the decade-long effort to digitize the archive of patient records of Central State Hospital in Virginia, historically known as the Central Lunatic Asylum for Colored Insane. This effort won him recognition by the American Psychiatric Association, which awarded Dr. Davis the Benjamin Rush Award in 2019, given for outstanding contributions to the history of psychiatry. Prior to his work, Davis was the inaugural director of the Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis and holder of the Mike Hogg Endowed Chair in urban affairs at the University of Texas at Austin from 2011 to 2014. Prior to this role, he served as executive director of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health from 2003 to 2008. He held the Robert Lee Sutherland Endowed Chair in Mental Health and Social Policy at the University of Texas at Austin, School of Social Work from 2000 to 2008. He received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the University of Texas at Austin in 2001. Dr. Davis was a professor of Public Mental Health Policy and Planning at the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, from 1984 to 2000. From 1998 to 1999, he was the holder of the William and Camille Cosby Chair at Howard University in Washington D.C.