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Friday, June 1, 2018 7:00 PM
Mass Humanities and Harvard Book Store and welcome STACY HORN, author of "Imperfect Harmony: Finding Happiness Singing with Others" and founder of social network Echo, for a discussion of her latest book, "Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York." On Blackwell's Island outside New York, the city built a lunatic asylum, prison, hospital, workhouse, and almshouse. Horn has crafted a compelling and chilling narrative told through the stories of the poor souls sent to Blackwell's, as well as the period's city officials, reformers, and journalists (including the famous Nellie Bly). The book re-creates what daily life was like on the island, what politics shaped it, and what constituted charity and therapy in the nineteenth century.