Virtual Lunch Together with Hannah Zeavin

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Virtual Lunch Together with Hannah Zeavin
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ET
(Toronto/New York)

To join this Virtual Lunch, attendance is free, but registration is required.

While psychotherapy has been around since Freud, it has since evolved way beyond people talking face-to-face in a room. Today’s psychotherapy includes advice columns, radio broadcasts, crisis hotlines, personal computers and more, and therapists can be professional, untrained, strangers and even chatbots.

What does this mean for the future of psychotherapy?

Join Leading Edge founder Michael Kerman for this FREE casual lunchtime conversation with Hannah Zeavin, therapy researcher and author of The Distance Cure: A History of Teletherapy. We’ll delve into Hannah’s background and interests, the inspiration behind her new book, how she feels psychotherapy has been impacted by the pandemic, and much more.

Join the conversation, ask questions, or just sit back and learn something new.

Don’t miss your chance to meet this most fascinating author over lunch!

Hannah’s new book “The Distance Cure: A History of Teletherapy”:

Psychotherapy across distance and time, from Freud’s treatments by mail to crisis hotlines, radio call-ins, chatbots, and Zoom sessions.

Available for pre-order at your local bookstore and online here.

Hannah Zeavin

Hannah Zeavin is a Lecturer in the Departments of English and History at the University of California, Berkeley and is a faculty affiliate of the University of California at Berkeley Center for Science, Technology, Medicine, and Society and on the Berkeley Center for New Media‘s Executive Committee. Additionally, she is a visiting fellow at the Columbia University Center for the Study of Social Difference. Zeavin’s first book, The Distance Cure: A History of Teletherapy is forthcoming from MIT Press in August 2021, with a Foreword by John Durham Peters. She is at work on her second book, Mother’s Little Helpers: Technology in the American Family (MIT Press, 2023).

Zeavin serves as an Editorial Associate for The Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association and is a co-founder of The STS Futures Initiative. Other work has appeared in or is forthcoming from American Imago, differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Real Life Magazine, Slate, Somatosphere, Logic Magazine, and beyond.

Zeavin received her B.A. from Yale University in 2012 and her Ph.D. from the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at NYU in 2018. For more information, see

To join this Virtual Lunch, attendance is free, but registration is required.

What you'll find in the Virtual Lunch

Casual lunchtime conversation with esteemed guests

Our FREE 1-hour Virtual Lunch Together sessions are where you’ll meet some of the most interesting people who are influencing the field of mental health today.

In conversation with Leading Edge founder Michael Kerman, each guest host will be invited to talk about their background, current interests, and ideas. The floor will then be opened for questions from attendees.

You will learn about our guests; how they got started in their careers; how things are going since the pandemic started both personally and from a professional point of view; as well as insights into how you can help clients during this challenging time.

Attendance at our Virtual Lunch Together events is free, but registration is required.

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Event Detail

July 13, 2021 12:00 pm
July 13, 2021 1:00 pm