A Therapeutic Tapestry of the Arts at the Inauguration


Amanda Gorman's poetry at the inauguration connects to both psychiatry and society.

Psychiatry & Society

H. Steven Moffic, MD, talks about the myriad of art and culture witnessed at President Joe Biden's inauguration, specifically the work of National Youth Poet Laureate, Amanda Gorman.

Art provided by Ari David Rosenthal.

On the art, Dr Moffic had this to say: For my role in this, it could be conveyed that I was serendipitously and immediately floored by the image which Ari’s father and my friend, Joel Rosenthal, sent me as I was beginning to gather my thoughts about the upcoming weekly video on Psychiatry & Society, a video which would have Amanda Gorman as the centerpiece. I was so hoping there was a way of pairing the art and the video, even though I always like and appreciate the images that are chosen for accompaning my submissions.

Dr Moffic is an award-winning psychiatrist who has specialized in the cultural and ethical aspects of psychiatry. A prolific writer and speaker, he received the one-time designation of being a Hero of Public Psychiatry from the Assembly of the American Psychiatric Association in 2002. He has recently been leading Tikkun Olam advocacy movements on climate instability, burnout, Islamophobia, and anti-Semitism for a better world. He serves on the Editorial Board of Psychiatric TimesTM.

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