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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

PPSL Class of 2022 Student Works 

Please join us as we feature a selection of short films and scripts created by our inaugural class of student fellows. Thursday, February 23, 2023 | 7:00pm A presentation of films and written work by Seunghee Chang, Lizzie Davis, Ginny Lee, Danielle Llevada, and Meghan Wells followed by a Q&A. Learn more about the inaugural

Depictions of Depression with Dr. Crystal T. Clark

In hybrid formal, Dr. Crystal T. Clark, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Obstetrics and Gynecology, Feinberg School of Medicine will discuss various depictions of Depression in film and TV. Thursday, February 16, 2023 | 7:00pm Crystal Clark’s clinical expertise is in mood and anxiety disorders. Her research and clinical interests focus on

Trauma Aesthetics with Kate Erskine

In hybrid format, join us for a discussion with Kate Erskine on the visual, cultural, and historical manifestations of trauma through film. Thursday, February 9, 2023 | 7:00pm The “flashback” belongs to both cinematic and clinical language of trauma, but which came first? Using Hiroshima mon Amour (1959), a cornerstone of French New Wave cinema,

GET OUT ALIVE by Nikki Lynette

Co-sponsored by the American Music Theatre Project (AMTP) Screening and Q&A: GET OUT ALIVE is a new autobiographical afrogoth musical that gives voice to a troubled artist’s recovery after a suicide attempt. Nikki’s offbeat and honest approach to sharing her mental health journey shows that even when life leads us to a bad place, we