Open Mind, a Community Lecture and Film Series and Special Events


February 9, 2021

Beverlye Hyman Fead, author of "Aging in High Heels - Living a Life with Passion, Hope & Laughter" and Karen J. Miller, Ph.D. , Director of the Memory Care Program at UCLA's Longevity Center discussed living longer lives because of education, new medicines, and the global collaborations. Ms. Fead's book shares advice, using humor and stories, on how to live this longer life well.


February 17, 2021

AJ Mendez is joined in conversation by Ronald Braunstein, the Music Director of Me2/Orchstra, Caroline Whiddon, the Executive Director of Me2/Orchestra, Margie Friedman & Barbara Multer-Wellin, filmmakers, Sandy Bartlett, flutist with Me2/Boston, and Mark Jude Tramo, M.D., Ph.D., to discuss the documentary film "Orchestrating Change" that tells the inspiring story of the only orchestra in the world created by and for people living with mental illness and those who support them. Me2/Orchestra’s mission is to erase stigma in both the mental health community and through exhilarating concerts to mainstream audiences.


January 26, 2021

In Tomboy, Lisa Selin Davis recounts the history, science and psychology of girls who defied gender expectations and looks at the possibilities for their future. The author was joined in discussion with Yalda T. Uhis, MBA, Ph.D, Founder and Director of Center for Scholars and Storytellers based at UCLAHEALTH.


January 19, 2021

Bedlam, explores myriad roadblocks to mental healthcare: the lack of medical research, the paucity of new treatments, a profound shortage of inpatient beds, the enduring stigma, and our disabling shame. The discussion included Bedlam author Kenneth Rosenberg, M.D., Judge Songhai Armstead, DA George Gascon, Felicia Jones, The Honorable Patrick Kennedy, and Jonathan E. Sherin, M.D., Ph.D.

Past Events by year


January 11, 2021

Rabbi Steve Leder discussed his inspiring and comforting book, The Beauty of What Remains, that takes us on a journey through the experience of loss that is fundamental to everyone. He was joined in converation by David Reuben, M.D.


The Friends of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and
Human Behavior at UCLA is dedicated to improving the lives of people with mental illness by supporting research to advance innovative treatments and sponsoring educational programs to raise awareness and erase stigma.*

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