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Weekend planner: Talk

There might seem to be something recursive at work in the case of an expert on obsessive-compulsive disorder, compulsive hoarding and the pathology of perfectionism whose writings on these subjects have so far extended to more than 140 scientific articles and book chapters, but let’s leave that aside. On Sunday Randy Frost, a professor of psychology at Smith College, will be at Amherst College’s Stirn Auditorium to deliver a talk titled “Stuff: Hoarding, Collecting, and Meaning.” Sponsored by Amherst’s Mead Art Museum, the lecture will consider hoarding and collecting in terms of their differences and points of similarity.

“I love all the public programs we offer at the Mead,” says museum director Elizabeth Barker, “but I have to confess to feeling especially excited about this lecture. The opportunity to delve into the psychological motivations for collecting — an activity that lies at the heart of what museums can do and how they can serve the public — with an expert of Prof. Frost’s stature should be riveting.”

Frost has appeared on such television shows as “20/20,” “Good Morning America,” “The Today Show” and “Dateline,” as well as on National Public Radio, BBC News and the Canadian Broadcasting Company’s “The Nature of Things.”

4 p.m. Free and open to the public. Stirn Auditorium is adjacent to Mead Art Museum on the Amherst College campus.

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