Seidenberg Prize

The Chicago Institute is very pleased to be sponsoring a unique one-time paper prize this year for the two best papers on “Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Problems of Incarceration.” Since this prize is new with a short time line (deadline to submit papers is March 1), we need help ensuring that people hear about it and have a chance to submit a paper.

We’d greatly appreciate it if you could circulate the attached announcement to your contacts–any colleagues, graduate students and friends who might be interested in contributing a paper. The first-place award is $15,000 and the second-place award is $5,000.

More information is also available at our website,

Denton’s Law Firm made this prize possible in honor of Institute Board member Harold Hirshman, who worked for years pro bono on a class action law suit known as Rasho. The settlement in the Rasho case provides for personnel and facilities for mental health services for prisoners who are mentally ill.

Commenting on the settlement, Harold said, “This truly is a humane and monumental settlement that will have a lasting impact on the people of this state. For too long, we have ignored and mistreated the mentally ill population of our correctional institutions due to a systemic failure to recognize their unique circumstances. I believe this settlement will redress and protect the Constitutional rights of these members of our society.”

Many thanks in advance for your help in publicizing the prize. We’re proud to be contributing to a vital dialogue.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me or Gordon Mayer from the InstituteIf you have any questions. He is at or 312-897-1424; I can be reached by reply email or at 312-897-1404.

Warm regards,

Erika Schmidt
President, Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis

Attachment: Seidenberg Paper Prize

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