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VIRTUAL OPEN MIND

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Monday, February 7, 2022

5:00 - 6:00 PM PT

Open Mind Lecture

Of Sound Mind

Nina Kraus, PhD with Mark Jude Tramo, MD, PhD

OF SOUND MIND: How Our Brain Constructs a Meaningful Sonic World will change the way we think about the sounds around us.  In her groundbreaking new book, Dr. Nina Kraus, Northwestern University professor, neuroscientist, and director of the renowned Brainvolts Lab, uses her thirty years' experience studying the interplay of the brain and sound to show for the first time that the processing of sound drives many of the brain's core functions.  Dr. Kraus, using her pathbreaking research on sounds and hearing, leads us through a fascinating exploration of sound’s surprisingly unrecognized role in both the healthy and hurting brain.  She brilliantly makes the case that the sounds of the world around us—and what sounds we’re exposed to throughout our lives—impact the development of our brains, the abilities and weaknesses we develop, and who we are as human beings. 

 

Of Sound Mind explores: 

  • How the brain connects sound with meaning, and how our sonic memories are formed

  • Why there is more to keeping a beat than playing music or holding our own on the dancefloor; rhythm has a deep connection to language and our biological systems, and how they function

  • How music has a profound effect on our brain’s ability to process sound, and why musicians—defined here as anyone who has played an instrument regularly at any point in their lives—have measurably better sound minds for decades

  • Why athletes are also better able to hear specific sounds in rooms full of noise, and how their brains tune sounds in and out differently from the way musicians do

  • Why people who are bilingual are better able to hear and distinguish sounds throughout their lives; the effort of learning two languages gives their brains a distinct advantage in other listening roles

  • How the way the brain processes (or does not process) sound can lead to an accurate diagnosis of concussion—a challenging diagnosis to make—or of other brain injuries, and then also play a role in the treatment

  • What strategies can be used to practice distinguishing speech in noise (the most challenging hearing struggle as people age), and why this is a critical area of study when hearing difficulties can lead to many other health problems

  • Why the increased noise of our 21st century lives—traffic, machinery, the use of headphones, and even the humming of our computers and appliances—takes a toll on our sound minds and nervous systems, even when the noise level is modest

 

Mark Jude Tramo, MD, PhD, will join Dr. Kraus in discussion.  Dr. Tramo is the Director of the Institute for Music & Brain Science, Co-Director of the University of California Multi-Campus Music Research Initiative, and both an Associate Clinical Professor of Neurology at UCLA's David Geffen School of Medicine and an Adjunct Professor in Ethnomusicology at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music.  

Registration is required for this free live private Zoom event.

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VIRTUAL OPEN MIND

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Thursday, March 3, 2022

5:00 - 6:00 PM PT

Open Mind Lecture

Dopamine Nation: Finding Balance in the Age of Indulgence

Anna Lembke, MD with Karen Miotto, MD 

In Dopamine Nation: Finding Balance in the Age of Indulgence, Dr. Anna Lembke, renowned author and psychiatrist, explores the secret to finding balance in our dopamine-overloaded world.  An eye-opening survey on pleasure-seeking and addiction, Dopamine Nation, an instant New York Times best-seller, discusses the exciting new scientific discoveries that explain why the relentless pursuit of pleasure leads to pain,...and what we can do about it.  Looking at our dependence on the smartphone, the modern-day hypodermic needle that delivers digital dopamine 24/7 for a wired generation, Dr. Lembke shows us how we have all become vulnerable to compulsive overconsumption, whether it be over-indulging on technology, social media, food, work or sex, and explains the personal and societal price of being ruled by the next fix. 

 

Anna Lembke, MD, Professor of Psychiatry at Stanford University School of Medicine and Chief of the Stanford Addiction Medicine Dual Diagnosis Clinic, is also the author of 

Drug Dealer, MD – How Doctors Were Duped, Patients Got Hooked, and Why It’s So Hard to Stop, which was highlighted in The New York Times as one of the top five books to read to understand the opioid epidemic.  She recently appeared on the Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma, an unvarnished look at the impact of social media on our lives.

 

A clinician scholar, Dr. Lembke has published more than a hundred peer-reviewed papers, book chapters, and commentaries. She sits on the board of several state and national addiction-focused organizations and has testified before various committees in the United States House of Representatives and Senate.  She keeps an active speaking calendar and maintains a thriving clinical practice.

Karen Miotto, MD, will join Dr. Lembke in discussion. Dr. Miotto is the Director of the UCLA Addition Psychiatry Service and Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA

Registration is required for this free live private Zoom event.

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VIRTUAL OPEN MIND

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Wednesday, March 30, 2022

5:00 - 6:00 PM PT

Open Mind Podcast

Getting Thru: Stories of Resilience

Andrea Sonnenberg, Anna Lau, PhD and rabbi Sherre Hirsch

Andrea Sonnenberg with Dr. Anna Lau and Rabbi Sherre Hirsch

In Andrea Sonnenberg’s podcast, “Getting Thru: Stories of Resilience”, she showcases conversations with young people with mental health challenges who are “getting though--” living full and meaningful lives, offering hope and paths to success for others struggling.

After the tragic loss of her son Bradley, who suffered from depression and anxiety, Andrea shares, “I had a choice—to give up, retreating into my grief or turn that grief into action by helping others dealing with mental health issues. I chose the latter”.  Her podcast provides insight into ways that can help those who suffer find resilience and meaning.

 

Andrea Sonnenberg is an attorney and non-profit leader, inspired by her son’s untimely death, has become a mental health advocate, working to educate, increase awareness, and influence policy and decision makers through public speaking and open conversation. She along with her husband have created the Bradley Sonnenberg Wellness Initiative at USC Hillel which offers individual professional counseling, peer-to-peer support and wellness programming, along with the creation of a mental health curriculum for replication on college campuses across the country. Andrea has produced a podcast entitled, “Getting Thru“ which shares stories of young people’s resilience despite mental health challenges, offering hope and inspiration to those struggling while also demonstrating pathways to success.

 

Rabbi Sherre Hirsch currently serves as the Chief Innovation Officer for American Jewish University developing the vision, strategic initiatives and implementation for all the campuses. Prior to AJU, Hirsch served as Hillel International’s Senior Rabbinic Scholar. In her role as the spiritual leader for wellness and spirituality on 550 campuses worldwide she focused on developing a culture enriching students to become healthy, self-actualized and inspired to give back to the Jewish world. She has published two books with Random House – We Plan, God Laughs: What to Do When Life Hits You Over the Head, an Amazon top 100 in all books, and Thresholds: How to Thrive Through Life’s Transitions to Live Fearlessly and Regret-Free – a Vanity Fair “Best Type.”  Rabbi Hirsch will moderate the discussion.

 

Anna Lau, PhD, Professor, UCLA Department of Psychology and Associate Dean for Inclusive Excellence, is an expert in the field of cultural issues in mental health and therapy, particularly in the area of mental health care for immigrant families. She has published extensively on the ways in which culture and parent-child relationship problems impact children’s mental health needs and their response to therapy. She also studies the ways in which evidence-based treatments for youth and families can be most effectively implemented in culturally diverse communities. She will join the discussion.

Meyli Chapin, Jenny De Los Santos, Mike Frasier, Kevin Nahai, young people featured in “Getting Thru” podcasts, will also join the discussion.

Registration is required for this free live private Zoom event.

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Open Mind Film Festival

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Registration is required for this free live private Zoom event.

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VIRTUAL OPEN MIND

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Tuesday, May 3, 2022

5:00 - 6:00 PM PT

Open Mind Lecture

Yes! Your Child Can

Victoria E. Waller, EdD with Stephen Hinshaw, PhD

In Yes! Your Child Can: Creating Success for Children with Learning Differences, Dr. Victoria Waller, an educational therapist who has worked with thousands of children with learning differences for over 40 years, shares with parents, teachers, and therapists her decades of proven techniques to create success for children with learning differences. Her step-by-step guide begins with that gut feeling that something might be amiss with the child, to the journey of testing, medication, choosing a team, addressing issues with reading, writing, executive functioning and more, while building the child’s confidence using their own strengths and passions. The book inspires, educates, and enables the child to achieve academic success and actually feel happy about learning. 

Victoria E. Waller, EdD, holds a BS in Education from Wayne State University, an M.Ed. as a certified reading specialist, and an Ed.D., focusing on reading and learning differences, from the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Waller has been awarded the University of Cincinnati’s Distinguished Alumna College of Education award, was one of three finalists for the L.A. Music Center’s Bravo Award for Outstanding Teaching , and was named the Local Hero in the L.A. Times for her Printer Pal Program, connecting students with nursing home occupants. Dr. Waller has created products for children for Disney and M&M Mars and taught children to read using her Labrador Retrievers, although her latest puppy, Tutor, still eats her books instead of reading them. She has travelled to 70 countries sharing her knowledge of animals with her students. 

 

Dr. Stephen Hinshaw Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley and of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco will join Dr. Waller in discussion and will also talk about his new book, Straight Talk about ADHD in Girls: How to Help Your Daughter Thrive. His developmental psychopathology research focuses on ADHD. He has authored over 375 articles and chapters plus 12 books. Beyond teaching prizes, he has won numerous national and international research awards, including the Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award from the American Psychological Association and the Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health from the National Academy of Medicine. His extensive media coverage includes the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Today Show, CBS Evening News, ABC World News Tonight, and many more.

Registration is required for this free live private Zoom event.

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VIRTUAL OPEN MIND

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Thursday, June 9, 2022

5:00 - 6:00 PM PT

Open Mind Documentary

Struggle in Paradise

Stuart Perlman, PhD with Kenneth Wells, MD, MPH

Struggle in Paradise, by Psychologist/Psychoanalyst/Artist Dr. Stuart Perlman, is an award-winning documentary about his Faces of Homelessness portrait project. It won the Gradiva "Best Movie of the Year" Award, from the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis. Dr. George Atwood, Professor Emeritus, Rutgers University described this film: “Magnificent ... anyone who views it with an open mind and an open heart will find it to be transforming — the homeless men and women interviewed and painted are revealed as human beings like all of us, and seeing them and listening to their stories not only helps us to understand them, but also returns us to ourselves and to our own stories. The lives and experiences of the homeless show great tragedy; but they also show heroism, and beauty."

 

Fine Art Connoisseur magazine proclaims the portraits as “Great Art Worldwide”. Dr. Perlman reminds us that these homeless individuals, too, are to be valued: "If we can see into their faces and learn their stories -- their hopes, dreams, accomplishments and fears -- we can no longer pretend that they don't exist...we can no longer look the other way."

Kenneth B. Wells, MD, MPH, received his MD from UCSF and his MPH from UCLA. He is a psychiatrist, a Senior Scientist at RAND, Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine and Professor of Health Services at the UCLA School of Public Health. He directs the Semel Institute Health Services Research Center which focuses on improving quality of care for psychiatric and neurological disorders across the lifespan. He is the Principal Investigator of the NIMH-UCLA/RAND Center for Research on Quality in Managed Care and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Partnership Initiative. He is also Co-Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation UCLA Clinical Scholars Program and Chair of the Community Health Improvement Collaborative.

Registration is required for this free live private Zoom event.

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VIRTUAL OPEN MIND

 
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Thursday, November 17

5:00 - 6:15 PM PT

Open Mind Documentary

Cured

Patrick Sammon with Andrew Solomon, Ph.D.

The critically acclaimed documentary, CURED by filmmakers Bennett Singer and Patrick Sammon, depicts the inner workings of the campaign that led to homosexuality being delisted from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) in 1973.  

 

Mentally ill. Deviant. Diseased. And in need of a cure. These were among the terms psychiatrists used to describe lesbians and gay men in the 1950s, 1960s, and early 1970s. According to the medical establishment, every gay person—no matter how well-adjusted—suffered from a mental disorder. And as long as lesbians and gay men were “sick,” progress toward equality was impossible. 

 

CURED chronicles the battle waged by a small group of activists who declared war against a formidable institution—and won a crucial victory in the modern movement for LGBTQ equality. This feature-length documentary takes viewers inside the David versus-Goliath struggle that led the American Psychiatric Association (APA) to remove homosexuality from its manual of mental illnesses in 1973. Viewers meet the key players who achieved this victory, along with allies and opponents within the APA. The film illuminates the strategy and tactics that led to this pivotal yet largely unknown moment. Indeed, following the Stonewall uprising of 1969, the campaign that culminated in the APA’s decision marks the first major step on the path to first-class citizenship for LGBTQ Americans. 

 

While CURED is indisputably about science, medicine, and politics, at its core this is a film about activism and the process of social change. It features a diverse group of crusaders with stubborn dedication and big personalities who came together at a crossroads in LGBTQ history. Their tenacity, resourcefulness, and ingenuity brought about a change that transformed not only LGBTQ people’s perceptions of themselves, but also the social fabric of America.

 

Patrick Sammon who conceived, co-directed and co-produced CURED along with LA-based filmmaker, Bennet Singer,  will participate in a discussion about the film with world-renowned author, Andrew Solomon, PhD.  Mr. Sammon previously served as creator and executive producer of CODEBREAKER, an award-winning drama-documentary about the life and legacy of gay British codebreaker Alan Turing that reached more than three million viewers world wide.   

 

Andrew Solomon, Ph.D. is a  writer and lecturer on politics, culture and psychology.  He is the author of numerous critically acclaimed books including Noon Day Demons that he won the National Book Award for, and Far From the Tree that was made into a documentary film. Dr. Solomon is also a Professor of Clinical Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry) at Columbia University Medical Center, former President of PEN American Center ; and an activist in LGBTQ rights, mental health, and the arts

Registration is required for this free live private Zoom event.

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