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


Past Events by year

January 22, 2020

Through narration of wildlife videos and scientific animations, Dr. Natterson-Horowitz demonstrated how animal behavior and evolutionary biology can be integrated with neuroscience to create a powerful and indispensable lens for understanding and helping the adolescents and young adults in our lives.

February 27, 2020

Dr. Jared Diamond, a Professor of Geography at UCLA, discussed his book, Upheaval: How Nations Cope with Crisis and Change. 

In Upheaval, Dr. Diamond, whose research lies at the interface between molecular biology and evolutionary biology, attempts to analyze devastating crises (political, economic, civil, ecological etc.) that may destroy whole countries and the multiple reasons causing them. 


February 9, 2020

The Los Angeles premiere of The Manic Monologues, a new play that seeks to disrupt the stigma around mental illness. This groundbreaking theatrical drama gives voice to real people whose lives have been touched by mental health disorders. 


January 14, 2020

Screening of the critically acclaimed film, "Three Christs", starring Richard Gere, Peter Dinklage, Bradley Whitford, and Walton Goggins. A psychiatrist takes on the particularly challenging case of three men, each of whom believes they are Jesus Christ. The film's director, Jon Avnet joined Dr. Elyn Saks and Dr. Stephen Marder in dicussion following the film.


January 9, 2020

Anne Harrington, Ph.D., author of the new critically acclaimed book, Mind Fixers Psychiatry's Troubled Search for the Biology of Mental Illness explored psychiatry’s repeatedly frustrated struggle to understand mental disorder in biomedical terms.

Kelsey Martin, M.D., Ph.D., Dean of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Professor of Biological Chemistry, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences joined the discussion.


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.*

The Friends of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior
760 Westwood Plaza C7-463
Los Angeles, CA 90095


Phone: 310 825-3119

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