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#FreeBritney: A Case Study in Care vs. Custody

For the past 13 years, 39-year-old singer and pop star Britney Spears has been living under a court-appointed conservatorship. A conservatorship (sometimes called a guardianship) is a legal arrangement where one person has agency over another’s personal, financial, and legal decisions. Spears’ own family instituted this conservatorship, citing her mental health issues as the reason. Spears’ father and a team of staff recently served as her conservators. Spears alleges that this team has abused her finances, medicated her, isolated her from others, and more. This case is ever evolving as Spears fights to get the conservatorship overturned.
This panel discussion features Temple faculty experts in social work, media, journalism, music, and pop culture. We will dissect the different angles of this case to understand where care and custody fall apart. We recommend that attendees explore video or podcasts related to this case.

This program will be presented via Zoom. Registration is encouraged. On the day of the event, use this link to join:

This workshop is presented in conjunction with Care and Custody: Past Responses to Mental Health exhibit. This exhibit, sponsored by the National Library of Medicine, will be on display in the Ginsburg Library from the end of September through the beginning of November 2021. We have prepared a weeklong online program related to the exhibit, which features workshops, speaker events, and local resources

Please contact Courtney Eger,, with any questions.

Event is open to: Undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff, Temple Hospital staff and the community.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021
3:00pm - 4:30pm
Time Zone:
Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)
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Registration is required. There are 99 seats available.