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Monday, October 26
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM PT

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Registration is required for this free live private Zoom event.

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Please join The Friends of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior and the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital Board of Advisors for an Open Mind program with Ashley Judd, award-winning film and stage actor and renowned feminist social justice humanitarian. Dr. Jonathan Flint, Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Science at UCLA will join Ms. Judd in a conversation about intergenerational trauma. 

Ashley Judd, who recently lost her mother, singer-actress Naomi Judd, to suicide, writes about her own emotional pain, stemming from childhood abandonment and abuse in her critically acclaimed book, All That is Bitter and Sweet: A Memoir. Seeking in-patient treatment in 2006 for the grief that had nearly killed her, Ashley found not only her own recovery and an enriched faith but the spiritual tools that energized and advanced her feminist social justice work. She has been in recovery from childhood grief and other family system hurts since 2006. 

Her story ranges from anger to forgiveness, isolation to interdependence, depression to activism. In telling it, she resoundingly answers the ineffable question about the relationship between healing oneself and service to others.  

Ms. Judd has traveled to 22 countries to be in community with girls and women in brothels, slums, orphanages, hospices, and on the streets. Serving as the Goodwill Ambassador for the UNFPA, the agency for sexual and reproductive rights and justice, she envisions a world in which male entitlement to female bodies and impunity will end. Ashley’s paper at Harvard Law School, Gender Violence: Law and Social Justice, was awarded the Dean’s Scholar award. An award-winning actor since her Sundance Grand Jury Prize winning film, Ruby in Paradise, Ashley equally devotes her time to studying the endangered great apes, the bonobos, deep in the Congo, where her partner has a research camp. Egalitarian, matriarchal, entirely free from male sexual coercion, and undergirded by strong female coalitions, Bonobos give her hope. Ashley has been in recovery from childhood grief and other family system hurts since 2006. 

 

Dr. Jonathan Flint is a highly regarded scientist and expert in genetic neuroscience. He trained in medicine and psychiatry in London and Oxford before moving to UCLA at the beginning of 2016 to become one of the leaders of UCLA's Depression Grand Challenge, a campus wide initiative to find the causes of depression and use that knowledge to develop new, effective, therapies. He is a British behavior geneticist who fundamentally advanced understanding of the genetic basis of behavior, thereby determining the direction of research in psychiatric genetics. 

Dr. Flint developed the first genome wide association strategy that identified genes and sequence variants underlying complex behavioral traits, particularly anxiety and depression, in mammals. He pioneered the analysis of structural variation in telomeres as a cause of intellectual disability. He also identified the first robust genetic associations for major depression in humans, implying a novel origin for psychiatry’s commonest disorder.

To watch videos of our past Open Mind programs, please visit www.friendsofnpi.org/open-mind-videos, or our YouTube Channel.

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