Open Mind Film Screening

The Good Doctor


Sometimes being different can make all the difference.


Join us for the premiere of the first episode of the new highly anticipated ABC Fall series starring Freddie Highmore as Dr. Shaun Murphy. Dr. Murphy is a young surgeon with autism and savant syndrome who relocates from a quiet country life to join the prestigious St. Bonaventure hospital’s surgical unit. Alone in the world and unable to personally connect with those around him, his only advocate, Dr. Aaron Glassman (Richard Schiff), challenges the skepticism and prejudices of the hospital’s board and staff when he brings him in to join the team. Shaun will need to work harder than he ever has before, as he navigates his new environment and relationships to prove to his colleagues that his extraordinary medical gifts will save lives. The series is from Sony Pictures Television and ABC Studios. David Shore is the writer and executive producer.





Monday, September 18, 2017

6:30pm Check-in | 7pm Screening



Admission is free but reservations are required.


Open Mind Lecture

The Power of Different: The Link Between Disorder and Genius

Dr. Gail Saltz


Renowned author, psychiatrist, and media contributor, Dr. Gail Saltz, will speak about her critically acclaimed recent book, The Power of Different: The Link Between Disorder and GeniusThe Power of Different is a thoughtful and inspiring examination of the connection between the potential for great talent and conditions commonly thought to be “disabilities,” revealing how the source of our struggles can be the origin of our greatest strengths.


Dr. Saltz is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the New York Presbyterian Hospital Weill-Cornell Medical College and a Psychoanalyst with the New York Psychoanalytic Institute. She is also a columnist, bestselling author, podcast host, and television commentator and is considered one of the nation’s foremost go-to experts on a variety of psychological and mental health issues, especially those pertaining to women’s emotional well-being, relationships, and the mental health aspects of current news.


Dr. Robert Bilder, Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology and the Tennebaum Family Endowed Chair in Creativity Research at UCLA’s Semel Institute, will join Dr. Saltz in discussion. Dr. Bilder is also the Chief of the Division of Medical Psychology – Neuropsychology in the Geffen School of Medicine and the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital.


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

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



Admission is free but reservations are required.


Open Mind Film Screening

Monster in the Mind - documentary film on Alzheimer’s


At age 85, Jean Carper, a leading authority on health and nutrition, has directed and produced her first documentary film--the new highly acclaimed Monster in the Mind, the Convenient Untruth About Alzheimer’s. It was the official selection of many international film festivals, including the prestigious International Documentary Festival in Amsterdam, and won the prize for best science documentary at Norway’s Bergen University Film Festival. It has received rave reviews from top opinion makers, Alzheimer’s researchers and publications, including the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.


Jean Carper is the author of 24 books, including The New York Times best-sellers, Food Your Miracle Medicine, Stop Aging Now!, and Miracle Cures. She was a former columnist for Gannett’s USA Weekend for 14 years, and CNN’s first medical correspondent.


Dr. Gary Small, Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the UCLA Longevity Center at the Semel Institute will join Ms. Carper in discussion. Dr. Small’s research, supported by the National Institute of Health, has made headlines in the Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. Scientific American magazine named him one of the world’s leading innovators in science and technology. He lectures throughout the world and frequently appears on The Today Show, Good Morning America, PBS, and CNN. He has written six books, including The New York Times bestseller, The Memory Bible.


Thursday, November 9, 2017

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

California NanoSystems Auditorium, UCLA,

570 Westwood Plaza, LA CA 90095



Admission is free but reservations are required.


Copyright 2016, The Friends of the Semel Institute

Copyright 2017, The Friends of the Semel Institute