Open Mind, a Community Lecture and Film Series and Special Events 2013

Park Dietz


December 3, 2013

Park Dietz, MD, MPH, PhD, discussed his career-long quest to prevent violence withing institutions, including great sucess in working with America's largest corporations and frustration in trying to work with educational institutions whos many constituencies create roadblocks to the protection of students.

Dr. David Freedberg

Open Mind Lecture

October 17,  2013

Dr. David Freedberg, best known for his work on the psychological responses to art, discussed the relationship between art, history, and cognitive neuroscience. He argued that our appreciation for art is rooted not only in our aesthetic sense, but also in how ouir brains process imagery, emotion, and movement.

The Science of Making Friends

Open Mind Lecture

September 24, 2013

Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson discussed her book and work at UCLA with the PEERS Program (Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills), which teaches social skills to teens and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Music and the Mind Gala

April 28, 2013

More than 500 fabulous friends of The Friends filled a glittering ballroom at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons hotel for Music and the Mind: A Symphony of Science and Art. The gala brought together world-class musicians, actors, scientists and scholars for a program that illuminated the connections between music and human thought and emotion.

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Jared Diamond


January 22, 2013

Dr. Jared Diamond, UCLA geography professor and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Guns, Germs and Steel and Collapse discussed his new book, The World Until Yesterday, What Can We Learn From TRaditional Societies?, a look at human societies in the past and present and what their differences may mean for our collective future.