Objects of Addiction: Perspectives on the Opioid Crisis in New England
In conjunction with the exhibition "Objects of Addiction: Opium, Empire, and the Chinese Art Trade," specialists in addiction medicine, harm reduction and public health policy will take part in a roundtable discussion on Sunday, Sept. 24 about the current state of the opioid crisis in New England. "Objects of Addiction: Opium, Empire, and the Chinese Art Trade," on view Friday, Sept. 15–Sunday, Jan. 14, explores the entwined histories of the opium trade and the Chinese art market between the late 18th and early 20th centuries. These two commodities—acquired through both legal and illicit means—had profound effects on the global economy, public health, immigration law, education and the arts that are reverberating still today. Before and after the discussion, guests are invited to visit the exhibition on Level 3. Admission is free, but seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. The lecture will take place in Menschel Hall, Lower Level. Doors will open for seating at 1:30pm.