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09/23/91

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Oct. 11 panel to explore use of Sexton tapes

STANFORD -- Stanford English Prof. Diane Middlebrook will be joined by a panel of experts to discuss the legal, psychiatric and ethical issues raised by her use of tapes of therapeutic sessions between a psychiatrist and his patient in her just-published book, Anne Sexton, A Biography.

"The Anne Sexton Tapes and the Ethics of Confidentiality" will be held at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, in Kresge Auditorium, Law School. It is sponsored by the Stanford Humanities Center and is open to the public without charge.

In addition to Middlebrook, speakers will be Sissela Bok, professor of philosophy at Brandeis University and author of Lying and Secrets; Peter Ostwald, professor of psychiatry at the University of California-San Francisco and author of Vaslay Nijinsky: A Leap into Madness; and Robert Post, professor of law at Boalt Hall, University of California, and author of Law and the Order of Culture.

Serving as moderator will be Barbara Babcock, professor of law at Stanford and author of a forthcoming biography of Clara Shortridge Foltz, California's first woman lawyer.

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