July 31

UCLA Friends of Semel Upcoming Open Mind Programs

The Fall 2022 schedule of virtualized and free Open Mind programs. An invitation to join the unique presentations that bring together thought leaders in science and culture for meaningful and relevant discussions about mental health issues.  Mark your calendars and make your reservations now so that you don’t miss any of our upcoming programs.  Wednesday, September 14, 5-6 PM PTTopic: Mental Health and Business Burn Rate: Launching a Startup and Losing My Mind – an unconventional and gripping story of mental illness and entrepreneurship that Forbes called one of the most anticipated books of 2022. Andy Dunn, co-founder of the successful ecommerce driven menswear startup, Bonobos that he later sold to Walmart, opens up about his personal struggle with bipolar disorder that nearly cost his business, the women he loved, and his life Andy Dunn – Author Burn Rate;co-founder of Bonobos;Stanford MBA

Kay Redfield Jamison – One of the foremost authorities on bipolar disorder, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Professor in Mood Disorders and Psychiatry, and author of ten books including An Unquiet Mind and Touched with Fire

Garen Staglin – Acting CEO of Healthy Brain Global Initiative; Founder and Chairman of One Mind and One Mind at Work; 40-year career as a successful entrepreneur and private equity investor and Founder of Staglin Family Vineyard in NapaThursday, September 22, 5-6:15 PM PT Topic: Resilience, Love, Loss, and Legacy  Salt in My Soul – An Unfinished Life – a documentary film about Mallory Smith who died at the age of 25 from Cystic Fibrosis (CF) that she was diagnosed with when she was 3. The film, based on Mallory’s diary, offers a rare look inside the mind of a young woman trying to live fully while dying.  Diane Shader Smith – Mother of Mallory who turned her profound grief to championing basic science research; TedX speaker; writer; publicist and fundraiser

Will Battersby – Salt in My Soul documentary filmmaker and partner at Reno Productions, a New York film, television and theater production company

Micah Smith – Brother of Mallory

Brenda Bursch, PhD – Medical psychologist and professor in the UCLA department of both Psychiatry and Pediatrics who is working to embed medical psychologists into many of the UCLA subspecialty pediatric medical clinics, including pulmonology, where patients with CF are servedThursday, September 29, 5-6:15 PM PT Topic: Teens and Mental Health  Just Like You – a documentary film about the teen mental health crisis that follows ten brave kids, two Emmy award-winning journalists, one determined parent, and one Columbia University Clinical Psychologist that take on the challenges, fear and stigma plaguing today’s youth.  Jen Greenstreet – Award-winning documentary filmmakerRyan Lefebvre – Star of Just Like You; announcer for Major League Baseball’s Kansas City Royals; author of The Shame of Me: One Man’s Journey to Depression and Back and former baseball player at the University of MinnesotaWednesday, October 12 5-6 PM PT Topic: Suicide and men’s mental health I Keep Trying To Catch His Eye – renowned sportswriter, Ivan Maisel, explores with grace, depth, and refinement the complicated father-son relationship, our tendency to overlook men’s mental health, and the grief of losing a son to suicide Ivan Maisel – Vice-President/Editorial and Senior Writer at on3.com. He has covered college football for nearly four decades from 2002-2021 as a senior writer for ESPN.Michael Gitlin, MD – Distinguished Professor of Clinical Psychiatry; Director Adult Division of Psychiatry and Director Mood Disorders Clinic, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLAThursday, November 17 5-6:15 PM PT Topic: Psychiatry and the Gay Rights Movement  CURED – a documentary film that depicts the inner works of the campaign that led to homosexuality being delisted from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) in 1973 Patrick Sammon – Creator, director and co-producer ofCured; creator and executive producer of Codebreaker andaward-winning drama documentary about Alan Turing Andrew Solomon, PhD – Writer; lecturer on politics, culture and psychology; author of numerous critically acclaimed books including Noon Day Demons that won the National Book Award and Far From the Tree; Professor of Clinical Medical Psychology at Columbia University Medical Center; former President PEN American Center, and activist in LGBTQ rightsTuesday, December 6, 5-6 PM PT Topic: Loneliness, Health, Love, and Heartbreak  Heartbreak, A Personal and Scientific Journey – Florence Williams offers a gripping account of grief and healing. Through a remarkable merging of science and self-discovery, Ms. Williams explores the fascinating cutting-edge science of heartbreak while seeking creative ways to mend her own.  Florence Williams – Author of Breasts, award-winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the Nature Fix. Her writing has appeared in The New York TimesNational Geographic and Outside Magazine.

Steve Cole, PhD – Professor of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences in the Division of Hematology-Oncology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Dr. Cole pioneered the field of human social genomics and discovered the “Conserved Transcriptional Response to Adversity” that mediates health disparities via fight-or-flight stress signaling to the immune system.