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Athens Asylum Conference a success!


Our first Asylum Conference was a great coming together of minds.

We would like to thank the Ohio University Geography Department, the Planning and Space Management Department for co-sponsoring the event.

Thanks also to our wonderful speakers; George Eberts, Tom O’Grady, Tom Walker, Katherine Ziff, Bob Loversidge, Shawna Bolin and Joe Shields.

The schedule of events were:

10:00am                   Introduction

10:15-11:00am       The Evolution of Mental Health Treatment Over the Tenure of the Athens Asylum given by George Eberts

11:00-11:45am        Herman Haerlin and Levi Scofield- The Men who Created a Place Called the Athens Asylum given by Tom O’Grady

11:45-12:30pm        Athens Asylum Cemeteries given by Tom Walker

12:30-1:30pm         Lunch

1:30-2:15pm           The Kirkbride Plan: Social Control or Humanistic Impulse? give by Katherine Ziff

2:15-3:00pm           Architectural Assessment by Bob Loversidge

3:00-3:45pm          Ridges Comprehensive Master Plan Update given by Shawna Bolin and Joe Shields

Directions to the Athens Asylum Auditorium: Take Route 682 along the river to N. Ridge Drive.  Go up the drive until you see a building on the right side of the road with large, white pillars.  Parking is across the street or above the Auditorium.

For more information on the history of the Asylum call ACHS&M at 740-592-2280