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Media and Mental Health

Exploring Contemporary Representations of Madness, Melancholy, and Trauma in Film and Television. Cosponsored by the Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs and the Northwestern Office of the Provost. May 25-27, 2023 Evanston & Chicago Media and Mental Health: Exploring Contemporary Representations of Madness, Melancholy, and Trauma in Film and Television is a three day symposium

Score: A Journey Through Gaslighting 

A powerful play that allows the audience to explore the subtle and insidious nature of gaslighting in a father-daughter relationship. Directed by Halena Kays. Thursday, May 18, 2023 | 7:00pm The story begins with seemingly harmless arguments, but as the narrative unfolds, the audience gains insight into the toxic and abusive dynamics at play. In

A Very Special Conversation with Producer Christine Vachon

Moderated by David E. Tolchinsky Thursday, May 4, 2023 | 7:00pm Christine Vachon is an Independent Spirit Award and Gotham Award winner who co-founded Killer Films with partner Pamela Koffler in 1995. Over two decades, they have produced more than 100 films, including some of the most celebrated and important American independent features: KIDS, I

Family Matters: Asian American Short Films

Cosponsored by Northwestern University Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)  and  the Asian American Studies Program (AASP) With Huu Ly and Qianhui Zhang, Ph.D. Filmmaker appearances by Anne Hu (Lunchbox)& Maya Wanner (The Things I Haven’t Told You Yet) Thursday, April 20, 2023 | 7:00pm Through narrative and documentary, these Asian American short films commemorate the upcoming

Artists At Work (AAW)

Building Structures for Equitable and Effective Support in Community-Engaged Practice With Nadine Goellner, Managing Director of Artists at Work Thursday, April 27, 2023 | 7:00pm Artists have long played pivotal roles in cross-sector community engagement work, but without the support to navigate the emotional, social and professional challenges that this work brings. Nadine Goellner, Managing

Trauma and the Accursed

An Argument for the Human in the Clinic and in Art With Leah Ra’chel Gipson and Richard Hoffman Reinhardt  Thursday, April 13, 2023 | 7:00pm Trauma-informed approaches are in vogue right now both in clinical and popular discourse. But what is trauma, and how is it transmitted? The concept of trauma has been reworked from

Acting and Mental Health with Detra Payne

How do you direct actors regarding stories that involve mental health concerns?  Thursday, April 6, 2023 | 7:00pm In this lecture/demonstration, actress and Northwestern University assistant professor of instruction Detra Payne will lead student PPSL directors as they practice directing their actors.  The questions on the table: How do you direct actors regarding stories that

Depictions of Dissociative Identity Disorder

Anthropologist Rebecca Seligman will discuss a range of depictions of dissociative identity disorder in film/TV from a cross-cultural perspective. Thursday, March 30, 2023 | 7:00pm Rebecca Seligman is a medical and psychological anthropologist who focuses on transcultural psychiatry, or the study of mental health in cross-cultural perspective. Her research interests involve critical examination of the

Promoting Wellness in Production and Beyond

AJ Christian, Assoc. Professor of Communication Studies  and Spencer Parsons  Assoc. Professor, Head of Production  will discuss mental health and harm reduction in production. Thursday, March 9, 2023 | 7:00pm Aymar Jean “AJ” Christian is an associate professor of communication studies at Northwestern University. His research focuses on the political economy of legacy and new

Hollywood and Mind with Cathy Applefeld Olson

A discussion with Journalist/Founder Cathy Applefeld Olson. Thursday, March 2, 2023 | 7:00pm Entertainment journalist and Medill alum Cathy Applefeld Olson discusses what she’s learned  interviewing artists and executives in the Hollywood industries about mental health, and her new venture Hollywood & Mind, which is focused on leveraging the unrivaled influence of the entertainment community