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For Immediate Release                                                                                                                

March 5, 2019





A Divine Madness at the Rochester Hills Public Library


(ROCHESTER HILLS- March 5, 2019) The 2019 Smart Towns lecture series kicks off at the Rochester Hills Public Library on Tuesday, March 19, with Clinical Psychology and President of Rochester College Dr. Brian Stogner coming in to explore the fine line between genius and madness.

Smart Towns is a new Michigan education experience in lifelong learning in the Greater Rochester Area that focuses on one topic for a year. This year, Smart Towns will be tackling the Enigma of Genus in various lectures and special events.

Dr. Stogner will be kicking things off at the library with a presentation reviewing some striking examples of connections between artistic genius and severe mental illness.

“Some of the most brilliant and creative minds in history have also struggled intensely with mental illness,” said Dr. Stogner. “This presentation will explore the evidence and possible reasons why there sometimes may be a thin line between genius and madness.”

“The library is thrilled to be working with Smart Towns again to bring you another great lecture series,” said Community Relations Specialist Amanda Harrison Keighley. “This year’s topic is a fascinating one and we’re proud to host Dr. Stogner to discuss the tenuous line between genius and madness.”

The program is March 19 from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room and is open to everyone with an RHPL library card. This program is geared toward adults but all ages are welcome. Please register in advance at



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