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Truman Capote and the IPAR Creative Writers Project

Presenter: Panel Discussion

Wed, Nov 16, 2016, 12:10 pm to 1:15 pm

5101 Tolman Hall

In 1958, the young American writer Truman Capote came to Berkeley to participate in a study of creative writers being conducted at the Institute of Personality Assessment and Research (IPAR). As part of this study, he completed a number of psychological tests, was observed participating in group activities, and was interviewed by the IPAR staff. In our ongoing efforts to digitize and preserve materials from these studies, we have uncovered a number of Capote’s tests and impressions of him from IPAR researchers. We have assembled an expert panel from clinical psychology, literature, and psychological assessment to discuss these materials and relate them to the fascinating life of one of America’s most celebrated writers (Breakfast at Tiffany’s; In Cold Blood) and most interesting personalities. This will be the first of what we hope will be a series of multidisciplinary presentations based on "Treasures from the IPAR Archives".

Please join us on Wednesday, November 16th at noon. Panelists will be: Laura Mason (clinical psychology); Scott Saul (English); Bruce Smith (assessment); Nadine Tang (clinical social work). The panel will be moderated by Bob Levenson (IPSR).

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