November 16

Join us for a virtual preview screening of curated clips-Thursday, November 175:00 PM – 6:15 PM PT

Thursday, November 17 5:00 PM – 6:15 PM PTCUREDRegistration is required for this free live private Zoom event.Join us for a virtual preview screening of curated clips from the award-winning PBS documentary film, CURED.
This important film highlights a pivotal but little-known moment in LGBTQ and medical history, when activists rose up to challenge the American Psychiatric Association to remove the diagnosis of homosexuality from the DSM, its manual of mental illnesses, thus winning a crucial victory in the modern movement for LGBTQ equality and dignity. While CURED highlights a little-known story from the past, its lessons are profoundly relevant today. A panel discussion will follow the screening featuring: Patrick Sammon – filmmaker, broadcast journalist, and LGBTQ political advocate. He is the President of Story Center Films in Washington DC. He was the Executive Producer and Creator of the award-winning film, Codebreaker,the story of Alan Turing.Bennett Singer – award-winning New York based filmmaker/writer with 20 years of experience. His feature-length film “Brother Outsider:The Life of Bayard Rustin” premiered at Sundance and was broadcast nationally on PBS. He was the Associate Producer of the Emmy and Peabody winning “Eyes on the Prize II” and an editor of two books on civil rights history. He was also the former Executive Editor of Time magazine’s education program for eight years. Andrew Solomon, PhD – world-renowned author, and lecturer on politics, culture, and psychology.  His book, Far From the Tree received the National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction. Dr. Solomon is a professor of clinical medical psychology at Columbia University Medical Center; a lecturer in psychiatry at YALE Medical School; and the former president of PEN America. He is also an LGBTQ rights and mental health activist.  Following the event, the filmmakers have graciously offered to make the full film available for Open Mind attendees only from November 17-24. To watch videos of our past Open Mind programs, please visit or YouTube Channel.View this email in your browserUnsubscribeThe Friends of the Semel Institute