Join us as we take a look at intimate stories of mental health and wellness, the science behind neuro-divergence, and why some of us have more trouble than others getting the support we need.
Bassey Ikpi joins Flying University to give an intimate preview of her book, I’m Telling the Truth but I’m Lying: “A deeply personal collection of essays exploring Nigerian-American author Bassey Ikpi’s experiences navigating Bipolar II and anxiety throughout the course of her life. [ ] Viscerally raw and honest, the result is an exploration of the stories we tell ourselves to make sense of who we are—and the ways, as honest as we try to be, each of these stories can also be a lie."
Licensed therapist Suzanne Garrison preps our class with the basics of mental health and wellness with a dash of art therapy!
Doors 6:30pm / Show 7:00pm
Tickets: $15 adv / $20 door
Flying University is a crash course in hidden histories - shining a light on ideas, people, science, and moments in history from a new perspective. It’s an interactive presentation series featuring storytellers, experts, professors, comedians, (and of course, drinking). Our speakeasy-style lectures were conceived in the spirit of the underground university in Russian-occupied Poland by the same namesake, which taught subjects and students banned by the state-run schools. Hosted & produced by Chinisha S.
Bassey Ikpi is an American-Nigerian writer and mental health advocate. Her debut essay collection, I’m Telling the Truth but I’m Lying, is forthcoming in August 2019 from Harper Perennial. An active voice in pop culture commentary and the mental health community, Bassey’s essays have been published by The Root, Ebony, Huffington Post, and Essence, as well as in the anthologies Rookie On Love and Who Will Speak for America. Bassey is the founder of The Siwe Project, a mental health organization that centers Black and Brown people in an effort to spread mental health awareness. Recognized by MSNBC’s The Melissa Harris-Perry Show for her advocacy work, Bassey is also the creator of #NoShameDay, an initiative that attempts to reduce stigma and create space for neuro-divergent people to be heard and seen through their own personal stories.
Suzanne Garrison is a licensed therapist working in private practice. After spending her 20s moving to new and strange places as a working artist, she now calls Brooklyn home. She loves mountains and cooking, but can also be counted on to bring it on the dance floor. In her spare time, she secretly functions as a pop culture aficionado (specialty: 90s music), lifter of heavy things (physically and emotionally), and passionate self-reinventor. Garrison graduated from Pratt Institute, where she received the Pratt Circle Award for Academic Excellence and Outstanding Achievement, and special commendation on her thesis research involving trauma therapy with sex trafficking survivors.
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