Open Mind, a Community Lecture and Film Series and Special Events 2014

The ADHD Explosion


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Stephen P. Hinshaw, PhD,  Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, and Vice-Chair for Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, discussed his new book, The ADHD Explosion..Myths, Medication, Money and Today's Push for Performance, that deals with attention - deficit/ hyperactivity disorder, one of the most controversial and misunderstood medical conditions today.

Olive Kitteridge

Open Mind Film Screening

October 29,  2014

The Friends and HBO screened, Olive Kitteridge, based on the Pulitzer-Prize winning novel by Elizabeth Strout and starring Francis McDormand.  Following the film,  screenwriter Jane Anderson and Dr. Andrew Leuchter, Professor of Psychiatry at the Semel Institute, engaged in a lively discussion of the nature of mental illness and its depiction in the miniseries.

Hidden Pictures

Open Mind Film Screening

October 10,  2014

Hidden Pictures explores the struggles faced by the 450 million people living with mental illness worldwide. Through deeply personal stories involving bipolar disorder, depression, schizophrenia, and anxiety in India, China, Africa, France, and the US, the film reveals a global epidemic of silence around mental illness. Dr. Delaney Ruston will discussed the obstacles these people face in receiving mental health care and how global mental health is receiving increasing attention.

Past Events by year




June 3,  2014

Dr. Daniel Siegel explored the nature of the changes in the teenage brain and how they set the stage for changes in adolescent mental, physical, and interpersonal well-being. He discussed the increased risk-taking and statistically heightened chances of harm during this period of life.

Too Bright to Hear, Too Loud To See


May 13,  2014

Journalist, film critic, and author Juliann Garey talked about her first novel, Too Bright to Hear Too Loud to See, and her experience with bi-polar disorder. Dr. Michael Gitlin, Director of the Adult Division of Psychiatry, Director of the Mood Disorders Clinic in the UCLA Dept of Psychiatry and Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA  join Ms. Garey to discuss bi-polar disorder.

Food and Friends at Bouchon

April 9,  2014

The Friends of the Semel Institute and their guests savored a delicious “mind-healthy” lunchtime feast at the Food and Friends at Bouchon event on Wednesday, April 9th. A capacity crowd of 130 guests gathered at Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bistro in Beverly Hills in support of The Friends of Semel’s Scholar Program, which awards grants to brilliant young scientists doing research to better understand the mind and brain and develop new and improved treatments for mental and neurological disorders.



March 4,  2014

American author David Sheff spoke about his new book Clean, a myth-shattering look at drug abuse. Based on the latest research in psychology, neuroscience, and medicine, Clean is a leap beyond the traditional approaches to prevention and treatment of addiction and the mental illnesses that usually accompany it. Sheff, a journalist, has written for The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Playboy, Wired, Fortune, and National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered.”

Far From The Tree


February 4,  2014

National Book Award–winning author Andrew Solomon discussed his latest book, Far From the Tree..Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity. The book tells the story of parents who not only learn to deal with their exceptional children but also find profound meaning in doing so