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Wednesday, June 9
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM PDT
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We look forward to seeing you today at 5pm PT.

To join the program, click on this zoom link


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.

To watch videos of our past Open Mind programs, please visit www.friendsofnpi.org/open-mind-videos, or our YouTube Channel.