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
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.

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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 (the flexibility and courage to change direction when helpful), and Pacing (the freedom of knowing that we need not 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. Welch was introduced to mindfulness over forty years ago while working 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

The Gift of Presence may be written for women, but it is truly a universal guide for anyone interested in strengthening and deepening their relationships, becoming more effective in reaching their goals, and having more joyful and meaningful lives.” -- B. Natterson-Horowitz, MD, Visiting Professor at Harvard University in the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology and Professor of Medicine/Cardiology at UCLA, and The New York Times bestselling author, Zoobiquity and Wildhood

“If you have an ongoing mindfulness practice and especially, if you do not—like me—Caroline Welch’s The Gift of Presence is the book you didn’t know you needed.” - Sally Field, Actor and Author of In Pieces

“I love this book! What a wonderful way to enhance our health and build a stronger mind!” -- Goldie Hawn, Producer, Actress, Founder of the Hawn Foundation/MindUP, and Author of 10 Mindful Minutes 

“This beautifully-written book about presence invites women to connect with what is most meaningful in life. It offers practical tools for mindful living that anyone can adopt. It is infused with down to earth wisdom, relatable stories, and a look at the science behind it all.” -- Diana Winston, Director of Mindfulness Education at UCLA's Mindful Awareness Research Center, and Author of The Little Book of Being

 

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 required.

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

 

#WOW
The Wonder of Women Summit

Whole Health Includes Mental Health
Lisa Kudrow, Emcee

Thursday, April 30, 2020

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

UCLA Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center

 

Open Mind Lecture
The Small Guide to Alzheimer's Disease

Gary Small, M.D.

We are excited to announce that author Gary Small, MD,  will speak about his new book The Small Guide to Alzheimer’s. The book provides a comprehensive overview of Alzheimer's Disease, dementia, and related disorders -- along with the latest treatment solutions from conventional and alternative therapies to new scientific discoveries, lifestyle changes and interventions. Dr. Small is a Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the UCLA Longevity Center at the Semel Institute, and the author of six critically acclaimed books, including The New York Times best seller, The Memory Bible, 2 Weeks to a Younger Brain, The iBrain, and The Alzehimer’s Prevention Program.

Thursday, May 14, 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 required.

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 Power of Showing Up

Daniel J Siegel, M.D.

In The Power of Showing Up, Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson explain how to be really present for our kids. Even if we don’t have a committed co-parent or know exactly what we’re doing every moment, the research demonstrates that when children have secure attachment with a caregiver—which is developed through the quality of a parent’s presence—they build social and emotional intelligence, leadership skills, meaningful relationships, and happiness.

Tuesday, September 15, 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 required.

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 Film
Orchestrating Change

Ronald Braunstein and Caroline Whiddon

Orchestrating Change is the feature-length documentary film by Producer/Directors Margie Friedman and Barbara Multer-Wellin that tells the inspiring story of the Me2/ Orchestra, the only orchestra in the world for people living with mental illness.  

 

After graduation from Julliard, Ronald Braunstein,  co-founder and Music Director of the Me2/ Orchestra,  was on a trajectory to become one of the world’s leading orchestra conductors. His meteoric career plummeted when in 1985, he made his diagnosis of bipolar disorder public and the classical music community shunned him. Nearly destitute, he and Caroline Whiddon, a classically trained musician and experienced orchestra executive, decided to start the Me2/Orchestra for musicians who live with mental illness.  

 

The mission of Me2/ is to erase the stigma surrounding mental illness through exhilarating performances that set a standard for a stigma-free environment. The orchestra is truly changing the lives of these musicians in ways they never imagined by fostering acceptance, compassion and most importantly, self-esteem. The film follows Ronald, Caroline, and several of the musicians as they rehearse for a major concert at an historic concert hall. Along the way, they must cope with the difficulties of living with mental illness on a daily basis including hospitalizations. The concert is a triumph for both Maestro Braunstein and the gifted musicians who have overcome so much adversity to make beautiful music together. 

Following the screening, Ronald Braunstein and Caroline Whiddon, (who married in 2013), will join an esteemed Semel Institute faculty member in discussion. 

Friday, October 16, 2020

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

James Bridges Theater, Melnitz Hall UCLA (see map)

Parking is available for $8 in Structure 3

Admission is free but reservations are required.

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

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