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Walking Man Poster
Open Mind Film Screening
Walking Man
After a Missouri high school loses three students to suicide, Mark Norwine, a mental health advocate and the father of Eric Norwine, a student at the school, embarks on a 200-mile walk across the state, seeking to educate students and better understand the epidemic for himself. Mark is joined by his son, Eric, but when the road proves difficult, father and son must confront their own mental health struggles, which they’ve kept secret for so long. Endorsed by universities and mental health organizations across the U.S., “Walking Man” is an honest look at one family’s journey with mental illness.

Mark and Eric Norwine and the film’s director, Joshua Salzberg will be joined in discussion by Dr. Mark DeAntonio, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Director Inpatient Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Service at the Semel Institute.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015
7:00 PM Melnitz Hall, UCLA (see map)
Admission is free but reservations are required.

For questions call 310-825-8871 or venusse@brain.ucla.edu
Parking is available for $12 in Structure 3 (see map)

 
Hinshaw
Open Mind Lecture
Dr. Stephen Hinshaw
The Stigma of Mental Illness: Personal, Family, and Policy Perspectives
Stephen Hinshaw, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, is a leader in the field of developmental psychopathology and one of the foremost experts on ADHD in the country. He serves as the Vice-Chair for Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco and is also a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. A former president of the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, Hinshaw is currently the editor of the highly regarded Psychological Bulletin and a renowned author of seven books, including The ADHD Explosion and The Triple Bind: Saving our Teenage Girls from Today’s Pressures. Dr. Hinshaw will speak about the stigma of mental illness: personal, family, and policy perspectives.
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
7:00 PM Semel Auditorium, UCLA (see map)
Admission is free but reservations are required.

For questions call 310-825-8871 or venusse@brain.ucla.edu
Parking is available for $12 in Structure 9 (see map)

 
Gazzinaga Book Cover
Open Mind Lecture
Dr. Michael S. Gazzaniga
Tales from Both Sides of the Brain: A Life in Neuroscience
Dr. Michael S. Gazzaniga, one of the most important neuroscientists of the twentieth century and a major founder of the field of cognitive neuroscience, recounts his decades-long journey to understand how the separate spheres of our brains communicate and miscommunicate with their separate agendas. Dr. Gazzaniga, a Professor of Psychology at UC Santa Barbara, is the Director of UCSB's SAGE Center for the Study of the Mind. He is also the president of the Cognitive Neuroscience Institute, the founding director of the MacArthur Foundation's Law and Neuroscience Project and the Summer Institute in Cognitive Neuroscience, and a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Academy of Sciences. He received a Ph.D. in Psychobiology from the California Institute of Technology. He is the author of numerous books including The Social Brain, Mind Matters, Nature's Mind, Who’s In Charge, and What Makes Us Human.
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
7:00 PM Northwest Auditorium, UCLA (see map)
Admission is free but reservations are required.

For questions call 310-825-8871 or venusse@brain.ucla.edu
Parking is available for $12 in Sunset Village (see map)

 
Whybrow Book Cover
Open Mind Lecture
Dr. Peter C. Whybrow
The Well-Tuned Brain is a call to action. In this optimistic and inspiring book, Peter Whybrow, the Director of the Semel Institute and the prize-winning author of American Mania, offers a prescription for genuine human progress. Swept along by the cascading advances of today’s technology, most of us take for granted that progress brings improvement. Despite spectacular material advance, however, the evidence grows that we are failing to create a sustainable future for humanity. We are out of tune with the planet that nurtures us.
Monday, November 16, 2015
7:00 PM Semel Auditorium, UCLA (see map)
Admission is free but reservations are required.

For questions call 310-825-8871 or venusse@brain.ucla.edu
Parking is available for $12 in Structure 9 (see map)

 
Road Poster
Open Mind Film Screening
The Road Within

Vincent (Robert Sheehan), a young man with Tourette’s syndrome, just lost his mom. As his symptoms get worse, his father sends him to a behavioral clinic run by an unconventional doctor (Kyra Sedgwick). But Vincent made his mom a promise, and with the help of a rebellious anorexic (Zoe Kravitz) and his withdrawn OCD roommate (Dev Patel), the three embark on a life-changing race to the sea that includes car theft, shoplifting, fights, self-discovery, and maybe finding a new way to live.

The director of The Road Within, Gren Wells , and the film’s producer, Brent Emery, will participate in a post screening discussion with Semel Institute experts:

    Dr. Jamie D. Feusner; Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences; Director, Adult OCD Program; Director, Eating Disorder and Body Dysmorphic Disorder Research Program, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

    John Piacentini, Ph.D.; Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences in the David Geffen School of Medicine and Director of the Child OCD, Anxiety, and Tic Disorders Program at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA.

    Michael Strober, Ph.D.; Director, Eating Disorder Program; Director, Inpatient Child and Adolescent Service; Professor in Residence, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences; Member, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015
7:00 PM Melnitz Hall, UCLA (see map)
Admission is free but reservations are required.

For questions call 310-825-8871 or venusse@brain.ucla.edu
Parking is available for $12 in Structure 3 (see map)

 
Palfreman Brain Storms
Open Mind Lecture
Dr. Jon Palfreman
BRAIN STORMS: The Race to Unlock the Mysteries of Parkinson’s Disease
Award-winning journalist, documentarian, journalism professor, and author, Dr. Jon Palfreman, will discuss his latest book, Brain Storms: The Race to Unlock the Mysteries of Parkinson’s Disease. Brain Storms is the long-overdue, riveting detective story of the race to stop or reverse neurodegenerative conditions like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. It is a passionate, insightful account into the lives of those affected

Dr. Palfreman will be joined in discussion by Jeff Bronstein, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Neurology and Director of Movement Disorders at UCLA

Tuesday, January 26, 2016
7:00 PM Covel Commons, UCLA (see map)
Admission is free but reservations are required.

For questions call 310-825-8871 or venusse@brain.ucla.edu
Parking is available for $12 in Sunset Village (see map)

 
Morris Evil Hours
Open Mind Lecture
David J. Morris
The Evil Hours: A Biography of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
David Morris will discuss PTSD, the subject of his book, The Evil Hours: A Biography of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Mr. Morris is a former Marine infantry officer. He worked as a reporter in Iraq from 2004 to 2007. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Slate, the Virginia Quarterly Review and The Best American Nonrequired Reading.

In 2008 Morris was awarded a creative nonfiction fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as residencies at The MacDowell Colony and the Norman Mailer Writers Colony in Provincetown, Massachusetts. A graduate of UC Irvine’s MFA program, in 2009 he won the Staige D. Blackford Award for nonfiction writing from the Virginia Quarterly Review.

Mr. Morris will be joined in discussion by:

    Andrew F. Leuchter, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Laboratory of Brain, Behavior, and Pharmacology, Faculty Advisor to the Friends of the Semel Institute

    Dr. Jo Sornborger , Director, Operation Mend Psychological Health Programs

Tuesday, February 16, 2016
7:00 PM Covel Commons, UCLA (see map)
Admission is free but reservations are required.

For questions call 310-825-8871 or venusse@brain.ucla.edu
Parking is available for $12 in Sunset Village (see map)

 
Jane Poster
Open Mind Film Screening
Jane Wants a Boyfriend

Inspired by real life events, Jane Wants a Boyfriend explores a week in the life of Jane, a young costume designer working as an intern on an exciting theater piece. Despite dealing with the everyday challenges of being on the autism spectrum, she takes action to enlist her sister Bianca’s help to find her very first boyfriend. As Jane goes on some very eye-opening first dates, Bianca realizes that, at the end of the day, we all deserve to be loved.

Director, William Sullivan will be joined in discussion by Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson; Assistant Clinical Professor, UCLA; Founder and Director, UCLA PEERS Clinic; Director, The Help Group - UCLA Autism Research Alliance; and Training Director, UCLA Tarjan Center UCEDD

Monday, March 7, 2016
7:00 PM Melnitz Hall, UCLA (see map)
Admission is free but reservations are required.

For questions call 310-825-8871 or venusse@brain.ucla.edu
Parking is available for $12 in Structure 3 (see map)