2023-2024 Symposium: Perspectives on the Mental Health Crisis

The College of Arts and Sciences at Ashland University inaugurated the Symposium Against Indifference in 2001 as a biennial series of events and lectures dedicated to overcoming apathy in the face of human concerns by raising awareness and promoting compassionate engagement. The Symposium seeks to challenge the University community – as well as the wider Ashland community – toward a deeper understanding of difficult affairs and creative personal and corporate responses.

Mental Health Crisis


Narrative and Grief: Autoethnographies of Loss

Narrative and Grief: Autoethnographies of Loss

Grief and loss are fundamental aspects of the human experience. This event features readings and discussion on the book Narrative and Grief: Autoethnographies of Loss, examining the desire to make sense out of the nonsensical by exploring specific stories of loss and grief, including the loss of a parent or child, ambiguous and anticipatory loss and broader cultural aspects of grief.


  • Jacqueline K. Owens, Ph.D., RN, CNE Professor of Nursing and Program Director of the RN to BSN Program
  • Deleasa Randall-Griffiths, Ph.D. Professor, Chair and Director of the Online Undergraduate Communication Program
  • Sharon L. Russell, Ph.D. Assistant Professor and Program Director of Reading and Literacy
  • Kimberly J. Stanislo, DNP, APRN-CNP Research Education and Practice Director, National Association of School Nurses
  • Olga Zatepilina-Monacell, Ph.D. Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies

Lecture Date: Tuesday, November 7, 2023

Previous Symposium Themes

  • Truth in the Age of Disinformation - 2021
  • Liberty & Responsibility - 2019
  • Building Bridges Through Dialogue - 2017
  • Environmental Sustainability - 2015
Guest speaker at podium during Symposium Against Indifference

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