Open Mind, a Community Lecture and Film Series and Special Events 2008

Lizzie Gottlieb
Today’s Man
November 12, 2008
Director Lizzie Gottlieb’s  film, Today’s Man is a sister’s search to understand her brother’s strange and extraordinary life with Asperger Syndrome. A discussion with Lizze Gottlieb, her brother Nicky, and their mother Maria Tucci Gottlieb followed the film. Also joining the discussion was Liz Laugeson,  Psy.D. , Clinical Instructor, UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior Director,  The Help Group – UCLA Autism Research Alliance Director, UCLA Early Childhood Clubhouse Program Associate Director, UCLA Parenting and Children’s Friendship Program.


Dr. Gary Small
iBrain: Surviving the Technological Alteration of the Modern Mind
October 2, 2008
Author Gary Small, M.D. , director of the UCLA Memory and Aging Research Center, discussed his latest book about the remarkable brain evolution caused by the constant presence of technology today, separating the digital natives from the digital immigrants.


Steve Lopez
The Soloist: A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music
June11, 2008
Los Angeles Times columnist and author Steve Lopez discussed his latest book, The Soloist: A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music.  Peter Whybrow, M.D., Director of the Semel Institute joined Steve Lopez for a discussion about schizophrenia, music, and healing. The program also included a short performance by cellist Ben Hong from the LA Philharmonic.

 

Elyn Saks
The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness
May 20, 2008
Author Elyn Saks  discusses her book  The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness. A respected scholar and USC professor reveals her ordeal and the horrors and demons of mental illness. Joining Elyn Saks is Stephen Marder, M.D., Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Director, MIRECC, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System.


Twitch and Shout
April 16, 2008
Filmmaker Lauren Chiten’s intimate journey into the startling world of Tourette Syndrome as seen through the eyes of a photojournalist with TS. Panelists included Dr. John Piacentini, Director, Child OCD, Anxiety, and Tic Disorders Program, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA and Dr. Adam Lewin, 2007 Friends Fellowship recipient.

 

Lauren Kessler

Dancing with Rose, Finding Life in The Land of Alzheimer’s
March 11, 2008
Author Lauren Kessler discusses  her book and is joined by Gary Small,  M.D., Parlow-Solomon Professor on Aging, and Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, Director, UCLA Center on Aging, and Director, Memory & Aging Research Center, Semel Institute.


Canvas
February 13, 2008
Joseph Greco’s film inspired by his own life growing up with a mentally ill parent.  
Speakers: Stephen Marder, M.D. , Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA Director, MIRECC, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, and Director Joseph Greco.

 

Lizzie Simon
Detour, My Bipolar Road Trip in 4-D
January 10, 2008
Author Lizzie Simon discusses  her book and is joined by Dr. Lori Altschuler, director of the Mood Disorders Research Program at UCLA.


 

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