Sam Barkin, Reading Buddy!

| September 15, 2010

Few psychologists can claim that their careers began under the big top. Growing up in Berkeley, I had the unique pleasure of having an extended family of circus performers and civil rights activists. My mentors Wavy Gravy and Patch Adams taught me clowning as a political instrument for justice, and strategy for love. Now in my second year in the Clinical Psychology Department, I am studying altruism, externalizing disorders, resilience, and the stigma of mental illness across class boundaries. I continue to work as a teaching artist in Brooklyn Public Schools, teaching various circus, performing arts classes, chess, and video production. This work is an extension of the summer camp I run each year in California, and represents my ongoing commitment to helping underserved, at-risk youth. I am honored to be working as a TC Reading Buddy this year.