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Morris Evil Hours
Open Mind Lecture
David J. Morris
The Evil Hours: A Biography of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Just as polio stalked the 1950s, and AIDS overshadowed the 1980s and ‘90s, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) haunts us in the early years of the twenty-first century. Over a decade into America’s “global war on terror,” PTSD afflicts as many as 30 percent of the conflict’s veterans. But the disorder’s reach extends far beyond the armed forces. In total, some twenty-seven million Americans are believed to be PTSD survivors. Yet to many of us, the disorder remains shrouded in mystery, secrecy, and shame.

Drawing on his own battles with post-traumatic stress, David J. Morris — a war correspondent and former Marine — has written a humane, unforgettable essential account of PTSD. Through interviews with people living with the disorder; forays into the rich scientific, literary, and cultural history of the condition; and memoir, Morris crafts a moving work that will speak not only to those with PTSD and their loved ones, but to all of us struggling to make sense of an anxious and uncertain time.

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.

This event is generously sponsored by the California Community Foundation.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016
6:30 PM Check-in   7:00 PM Program
Semel Auditorium, UCLA (see map) PLEASE NOTE VENUE CHANGE
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)

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

 
Cry Havoc Poster
SPECIAL EVENT
Cry Havoc

After overcoming two years of paralysis and six years in the Army, while battling PTSD, Stephan Wolfert met William Shakespeare on a train. Twenty years later, using Shakespeare’s timeless words, Stephan Wolfert rides that train again. This time, leading the audience on an interactive journey through Shakespeare and his veterans.

Cry Havoc is a one-person play  written and performed by  Stephen Wolfert, former US Army Medic and Infantry Office. This unique show unites  veterans with civilians and explores the difficulties that our veterans and their families face. It dramatizes our national crises of how men and women are recruited at a psychologically malleable age and then "wired for war" but at the end of their military service they are not "un-wired from war" or rewired for society.

Wolfert is a tour de force in this seventy-five minute solo-show. And Cry Havoc is a vital, thought provoking, gut-wrenching and shockingly funny evening of finely crafted theater.

This event is generously sponsored by Deborah and Bill Ryan.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016
6:30PM Check-in   7:00 PM Program
Northwest Auditorium, UCLA (see map)
Admission is $10 for members and $20 for non-members.

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

 
What Our Fathers Did
Open Mind Film Screening
WHAT OUR FATHERS DID: A NAZI LEGACY

Accompanied by human-rights lawyer Philippe Sands, the sons of two Nazi war criminals travel through Europe to confront the past sins of their fathers.

How we regard the sins of the fathers is shown to be an inescapably personal matter in “What Our Fathers Did,” director David Evans and writer Philippe Sands’ study of denial, wartime responsibility and the challenge of dealing with a monster in the family. The monsters in question are two long-dead, once high-ranking Nazi Party officials whose sons have chosen to respond to their horrific legacy in dramatically different ways; one of them, unable to accept the depth of his father’s complicity, gives the film its painfully insistent central thrust. Simply structured and narrowly focused, yet replete with unsettling and resonant questions about the difficulty of seeing our loved ones for who they truly are, this troubling, absorbing documentary offers a sufficiently provocative angle to stand out as a Holocaust memorial film.

Monday, May 23, 2016
6:30PM Check-in   7:00 PM Program
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)

 
poster Dan Cohen
Open Mind Film Screening
Alive Inside

Alive Inside is a stirring documentary film that follows social worker Dan Cohen, the founder of the non-profit organization, Music and Memory, as he fights against a broken healthcare system to demonstrate music's ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep of self to those suffering from Alzheimer's and Dementia and other neurodegenerative illnesses. Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicles individuals around the country who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music. His camera reveals the uniquely human connection we find in music and its healing power.

Dr. David Reuben; Chief, Geriatric Medicine Director, Multicampus Program in Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology Professor, Department of Medicine, will join Dan Cohen in discussion following the screening.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016
6:30PM Check-in   7:00 PM Program
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)