Registration for Open Mind events will be available one month prior to the event. Invitations will be sent to everyone on The Friends mailing list. To join our mailing list, email Wendy Kelman at: wkelman@mednet.ucla.edu

 

Open Mind Lecture
Mind Fixers: Psychiatry's Troubled Search for the Biology of Mental Illness

Anne Harrington, PhD

In Mind Fixers, Anne Harrington explores psychiatry’s repeatedly frustrated struggle to understand mental disorder in biomedical terms. She shows how the stalling of early twentieth century efforts in this direction allowed Freudians and social scientists to insist, with some justification, that they had better ways of analyzing and fixing minds.  But when the Freudians overreached, they drove psychiatry into a state of crisis that a new “biological revolution” was meant to alleviate. Harrington shows how little that biological revolution had to do with breakthroughs in science, and why the field has fallen into a state of crisis in our own time. Mind Fixers recounts the past and present struggle to make mental illness a biological problem in order to lay the groundwork for creating a better future, both for those who suffer and for those whose job it is to care for them.

Kelsey Martin, M.D., PhD, professor of biological chemistry, psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences and Dean of David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA will join Ms. Harrington in discussion following the lecture.

Anne Harrington, PhD
Franklin L. Ford Professor of the History of Science
Director; Faculty Dean, Pforzheimer House at Harvard University

Thursday, January 9, 2020

6:30PM Check-in | 7:00 PM Program

Semel Institute Auditorium (see map)

Parking is available for $13 in Structure 8

You may pay for parking at the pay stations located on level 4 of Parking Structure 8 or via the ParkMobile app on level 4.

You might wish to consider using Uber or Lyft to be dropped off directly in front of the Semel Auditorium at 720 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90024

Admission is free but reservations are requested.

As this program is free of charge, it is our policy to overbook. In the case of a FULL program your free reservation may not guarantee admission. We recommend arriving early. 

For questions email WKelman@mednet.ucla.edu

 

Open Mind Lecture
WILDHOOD

The Universal Challenges of Adolescence Across the Animal Kingdom (Including Us)
Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, MD

Please join us for a unique and fascinating journey into the world of adolescence across animal species. The struggles of adolescent hyenas, whales, and wolves are remarkably similar to those faced by human teenagers and reveal the origin of challenges such as risk-taking, anxiety, substance abuse and parental conflict.
 
Harvard and UCLA evolutionary biologist, physician and award-winning author Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, M.D., will present a dynamic lecture enriched with breathtaking wildlife video featuring insights and research from her and Kathryn Bowers' forthcoming book: WILDHOOD: The Epic Journey From Adolescence to Adulthood which will be published in September. Special emphasis will be placed on exposing the animal origins of mental illness in human adolescents and showcasing how therapists, teachers and parents can use these insights to better understand and approach these challenges in their patients, students and children. This talk offers an entirely new understanding of the crucial, vulnerable and exhilarating phase of life between childhood and adulthood in our species.
 
Featured topics:

  • Risk Taking: Why adolescent fish, birds, and rodents take greater risks than mature adults

  • Parent-Offspring Conflict: What adolescent birds and their parents fight and have conflict over

  • Adolescent Depression: Why social exclusion is so painful for adolescent animals

  • Adolescent Anxiety: Why some adolescent wild birds and fish are more anxious than others; how parenting affects anxiety level of wild animal adolescents 

  • Eating Disorders: Why some adolescent great apes and marine mammals develop eating disorders

  • Self-Injury: Why some horses, dogs, and birds self-injure and others do not

  • Sexual Vulnerability: Sexual coercion in non-human animals and the special  vulnerability of adolescents

Dr. Natterson-Horowitz is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author, Visiting Professor in Harvard University’s Department of Human Evolutionary Biology and Professor of Medicine in the UCLA Division of Cardiology.

 

Her last book, ZOOBIQUITY, co-authored with Kathryn Bowers, was a Smithsonian Top Book of the Year, Discover Magazine Best Book of 2012, Finalist in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Excellence in Books Award, and China Times Best Translation 2013. It has been translated into seven languages and has been chosen as the common read at universities around the country.

 

Kathryn Bowers is a science journalist who has taught at UCLA and Harvard. A Future Tense Fellow at New America in Washington, DC, she was previously an editor at Zocalo Public Square in Los Angeles, a staff editor at the Atlantic Monthly, and a writer/producer for CNN International in London. 
 
Advance Praise for WILDHOOD:

"One of the most insightful books ever written about this critically important stage of life"
Laurence Steinberg, PhD, Author of  Age of Opportunity: Lessons from the New Science of Adolescence
 
"I loved this book! It blew my mind to discover that teenage animals and humans are so similar."
Temple Grandin, PhD, Author of Animals Make Us Human
 
"Wildhood offers a deeply researched and beautifully written description of the fundamental tasks of adolescence"
Lisa Damour, PhD, Author of Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions Into Adulthood
 
"Brilliant scholars and eloquent guides, the authors offer a life-changing perspective on adolescents....a treasure trove of scientific exploration and practical implications for how we understand and support youth"
Dan Siegel, MD, Author of Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain
 
"This fascinating book tells the compelling story of adolescence across species convincingly framed in evolutionary explanations"
Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, PhD, Author of Inventing Ourselves: The Secret Life of the Teenage Brain
 
"A masterpiece. This is a spellbinding lens on the ways creatures with big bodies yet little life experience figure out how to figure and thrive."
Wendy Mogel, PhD, Author of Voice Lessons for Parents: What to Say, How to Say it and When to Listen

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

6:30PM Check-in | 7:00 PM Program

Semel Institute Auditorium (see map)

Parking is available for $13 in Structure 8

You may pay for parking at the pay stations located on level 4 of Parking Structure 8 or via the ParkMobile app on level 4.

You might wish to consider using Uber or Lyft to be dropped off directly in front of the Semel Auditorium at 720 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90024.

Admission is free but reservations are requested.

As this program is free of charge, it is our policy to overbook. In the case of a FULL program your free reservation may not guarantee admission. We recommend arriving early. 

For questions email WKelman@mednet.ucla.edu

 

Open Mind Play
The Manic Monologues

Zack Burton and Elisa Hofmeister

The Manic Monologues is a play consisting of diverse, true stories of mental illness that premiered to a sold-out audience of 600 at Stanford University in 2019 and was covered by The Washington Post and NPR.

When the play's co-founder Zack Burton experienced a psychotic break and bipolar diagnosis as a Ph.D. student, his co-founder Elisa Hofmeister and he were struck by the absence of relatable experiences. 1 in 4 Americans experiences a mental health condition in any given year, so why isn’t there conversation?

Zack and Elisa are delighted to share with you the work of a fantastic team including a Canadian performer featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and on
CNN, who previously acted alongside Johnny Depp and John Travolta; a former advisor to Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why and Stanford University psychiatrist; an editor of The New York Times bestsellers and two Pulitzer Prize-winning stories; an Emmy Award-winning journalist and medical doctor; a Professor of Psychology at UC Berkeley, Psychiatry at UCSF, and author of Another Kind of Madness: A Journey Through the Stigma and Hope of Mental Illness; a playwright and Pulitzer finalist; and many fantastic actors and storytellers.

This play features brave stories from people across the world. These stories convey struggle and pain, but also humor, triumph, and joy. The stories we share aim to spread awareness and to disrupt stigma because stigma can be more fatal than mental illness itself.

Generous sponsored by the California Community Foundation

Sunday, February 9, 2020

1:30PM Check-in | 2:00 PM Program

Melnitz Hall, UCLA (see map)

Parking is available for $8 in Structure 3

Admission is free but reservations are requested.

As this program is free of charge, it is our policy to overbook. In the case of a FULL program your free reservation may not guarantee admission. We recommend arriving early. 

For questions email WKelman@mednet.ucla.edu

 

Open Mind Lecture
Upheaval

Jared Diamond, PhD

Nations experience crises, whose solutions require adopting selective changes, and which some nations are more successful at solving than are other nations. We as individuals also experience personal crises, either associated with certain ages (e.g., teen-age or midlife crises) triggered by external shocks (e.g., relationship problems or break-ups, the death of a loved one, or a health or job or financial blow). The solution of a personal crisis also requires adopting selective changes, which some of us are more successful at accomplishing than are others. Counselors and psychotherapists have identified many factors that make it more or less likely that an individual will overcome a personal crisis. Dr. Diamond's new book examines the extent to which similar considerations help us understand the outcomes of recent and impending national crises in seven countries (Finland, Japan, Chile, Indonesia, Germany, Australia, USA), and the impending world crisis. 

 

Jared Diamond is a professor of Geography at UCLA, and the Pulitzer-prize winning author of Guns, Germs, and Steel; Collapse; and other books.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

6:30PM Check-in | 7:00 PM Program

Fowler Museum – Lenart Auditorium

Parking is available for $13 in Structure 4

Enter UCLA Campus Structure 4 from Sunset Blvd. at Westwood Plaza and turn left into the Pay-By-Plate area of the lot.  The Fowler is visible to your left when you ascend from the elevator or stairs.

Admission is free but reservations are requested.

As this program is free of charge, it is our policy to overbook. In the case of a FULL program your free reservation may not guarantee admission. We recommend arriving early. 

For questions email WKelman@mednet.ucla.edu

 

Open Mind Lecture
The Gift of Presence: A Mindfulness Guide for Women

Caroline Welch, MA, JD

Anxiety in our world is rising, and women consistently report higher stress levels than men. In marginalized groups, the stress levels are even higher. Simultaneous demands and high expectations for filling multiple roles– imposed not only by others but also by women themselves – have led to pervasive multitasking and an elusive quest for balance.

 

What can be done to reduce stress and build resilience in the lives of women—and all of us—during these challenging times? While we can’t control others or events, we can control how we choose to respond to what’s happening around us through a calm, clear, open, receptive state of mind simply called Presence, mindfulness, or mindful awareness.

 

In The Gift of Presence, Caroline Welch offers a scientifically based, practical approach for integrating mindfulness into our everyday lives. Drawing on interviews with a diverse group of over 100 women from around the world, Welch demonstrates the power of Presence through what she calls the 3 Ps: Purpose (finding meaning by impacting others), Pivoting (course-correcting), and Pacing (using a wider lens to avoid trying to do it all, all at once).

 

Caroline Welch is the co-founder and chief executive officer of the Mindsight Institute, in Santa Monica, California. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School, with a master's degree from the University of Southern California, she started her legal career as a corporate litigator. Caroline was introduced to mindfulness over forty years ago while living in Japan for three years.

Advance praise:

The Gift of Presence is a gift for us all – filled with practical insights and fascinating science about the power of mindfulness. Inspiring, well-written and wise, it’s a must-read for women of all ages.”

                                             

- Arianna Huffington, Founder & CEO, Thrive Global

 

Dr. Margaret Stuber, Professor and Associate Chair, Medical Student Education, and Senior Semel Scholar, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, will join Caroline Welch in discussion. Dr. Stuber is also the Psychiatry Residency Program Director and Director, Office of Education, Mental Health of VA Greater Los Angeles.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

6:30PM Check-in | 7:00 PM Program

Semel Institute Auditorium (see map)

Parking is available for $13 in Structure 8

You may pay for parking at the pay stations located on level 4 of Parking Structure 8 or via the ParkMobile app on level 4.

Admission is free but reservations are requested.

As this program is free of charge, it is our policy to overbook. In the case of a FULL program your free reservation may not guarantee admission. We recommend arriving early. 

For questions email WKelman@mednet.ucla.edu

ABOUT US

The Friends of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and
Human Behavior at UCLA is dedicated to improving the lives of people with mental illness by supporting research to advance innovative treatments and sponsoring educational programs to raise awareness and erase stigma.*

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760 Westwood Plaza C7-463
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Email: wkelman@mednet.ucla.edu

Phone: 310 825-3119
 

* The Friends of the Semel Institute is a 501(c)(3)  volunteer organization under the auspices of the UCLA Foundation.