Open Mind, a Community Lecture and Film Series and Special Events 2016


How To Dance in Ohio

Open Mind Film Screening

Monday, October 17, 2016

In How to Dance in Ohio, we get to know three girls with an array of developmental challenges as they prepare for an iconic event - a spring formal dance. The film is a story of the universal human need to grow, connect and belong as uniquely dramatized by individuals facing the deepest struggle toward social survival. Dr. Emilio M. Amigo, Clinical Psychologist and Founder/Director of Amigo Family Counseling, featured in the film, joined Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson, Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the Semel Institute in discussion following the screening.

What Our Fathers Did

Open Mind Film Screening

Monday, May 23, 2016

A poignant, thought-provoking account of friendship and the toll of inherited guilt, What Our Fathers Did explores the relationship between two men, each of whom are the children of very high-ranking Nazi officials and possess starkly contrasting attitudes toward their fathers. Eminent human rights lawyer Philippe Sands investigates the complicated connection between the two, and even delves into the story of his own grandfather who escaped the same town where their fathers carried out mass killings. The three embark on an emotional journey together, as they travel through Europe and converse about the past, examining the sins of their fathers and providing a unique view of the father-son relationship, ultimately coming to some very unexpected and difficult conclusions.

Past Events by year

Jane Wants A Boyfriend

Open Mind Film Screening

March 7, 2016

Jane Wants A Boyfriend explores a week in the life of a young woman with Asperger’s who enlists her older sister to help her find her very first boyfriend. Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson; Assistant Clinical Professor, UCLA; Founder and Director, UCLA PEERS Clinic; Director, The Help Group - UCLA Autism Research Alliance; and Training Director, UCLA Tarjan Center UCEDD, joinED the film's director William Sullivan in discussion following the screening.

David J. Morris

Open Mind Lecture

February 16, 2016

Drawing on his own battles with post-traumatic stress, David J. Morris — a war correspondent and former Marine — discussed his book, The Evil Hours, an unforgettable , essential account of PTSD. Through interviews with people living with the disorder; forays into the rich scientific, literary, and cultural history of the condition; and memoirs, Morris crafted a moving work that speaks not only to those with PTSD and their loved ones, but to all of us struggling to make sense of an anxious and uncertain time.

Brain Storms: The Race to Unlock the Mysteries of Parkinson’s Disease

Open Mind Lecture

January 26, 2016

Award-winning journalist, documentarian, journalism professor, and author, Dr. Jon Palfreman, discussed his latest book, Brain Storms: The Race to Unlock the Mysteries of Parkinson’s Disease. The book is a long-overdue, riveting detective story of the race to stop or reverse neurodegenerative conditions like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. It is a passionate, insightful account into the lives of those affected.

Inside Out

Open Mind Film Screening

January 17, 2016

The Friends special screening of the Golden Globe nominee for Best Animated Feature Film, Inside Out. Following the screening, Oscar-winning director, Pete Docter discussed the research that went into making the film in a moderated Q&A with Dr. Andrew Leuchter, Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA and Dr. Catherine Mogil, Co-Director at UCLA Child and Family Trauma Clinic.

Food and Friends at Vibiana

April 12, 2016

UCLA Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital Board of Advisors and The Friends of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA hosted an elegant, “healthy for the mind and brain” luncheon prepared by Iron Chef winner and owner of Redbird Restaurant, Neal Fraser, in collaboration with Dr. Wendy Slusser, Associate Vice-Provost for the Healthy Campus Initiative.

Proceeds from Food and Friends at Vibiana benefit the Nexus Scholarship Award that supports UCLA's Psychiatry Research Residency Program, which trains the nation's most elite young neuroscientists.

Cry Havoc

May 3, 2016

Cry Havoc is a one-person play written and performed by Stephan Wolfert, former US Army Medic and Infantry Office. This unique show unites veterans with civilians and explores the difficulties that our veterans and their families face. It dramatizes our national crises of how men and women are recruited at a psychologically malleable age and then "wired for war" but at the end of their military service they are not "un-wired from war" or rewired for society. Wolfert is a tour de force in this seventy-five minute solo-show. And Cry Havoc is a vital, thought provoking, gut-wrenching and shockingly funny evening of finely crafted theater.