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Hurting Brains: Conflict, Mental Illness, Self-Control (Free Lecture)

Show up at 6:00 if you do not have an Eventbrite reservation and get on the MOS Waitlist to get in.

With a flake of snow in the sky and Obama in Cambridge, there will be lots of no-shows so you will most likely get in.

My prediction is 40+ empty seats.

It's a sell out. anyone with no reservation can show up at 6:00 on the day of and add your name to the museum's standby list. There are ALWAYS empty seats available so if you show you'll get in more than likely (but don't quote me).

When we are in danger, our brains trigger the body's stress response, optimizing our physical capabilities and mental faculties so we have the best chance of surviving. But what happens when that stress response is needed for survival every day over months or years? Can conflict, violence, substance abuse, and poverty alter our genes and get passed down generationally? 

Investigate the impact of conflict — internal and external — on the brain and the tenuous path that certain brains must endure.

With Joshua Buckholtz, PhD, assistant professor of psychology, Harvard University
Jack Shonkoff, MD, director, Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University
Jessica Stern, PhD, author, DENIAL: A Memoir of Terror and Terror in the Name of God: Why Religious Militants Kill Moderated by Timothy Phillips, cochair and cofounder, Beyond Conflict

Advance registration begins at 9:00 am, Wednesday, February 19 (Monday, February 17 for Museum members).

This program is free thanks to the generosity of the Lowell Institute.

Drinks at Dante after the Lecture:

http://www.meetup.com/NerdFunBoston/events/166018432/


FAQ: (frequently asked questions or alternatively, the Irish swear word) 

1) I RSVP'd, how come they don't have my name on the list

2) How come it says 6:30 here but 7:00 when I registered

3) If I have other plans that night, can I leave early

4) Where are we meeting

5) If I'm late can can I still get in

6) How come It won't let me register

7) When will it end

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  • Basma

    So fascinating and thought provoking

    March 6, 2014

  • Julie B.

    This was wonderful. Eric, thanks for organizing!!!

    March 6, 2014

  • Irina

    It was informative, thought provoking, and everything else a great lecture should be. I feel that it made some people more accepting of their past & more hopeful for their future.

    1 · March 6, 2014

  • Heather

    as much fun as a person could have hearing about violent people and terrorists.

    good conversation after in the lobby, and then good drink after that at Dante's.

    March 6, 2014

  • Laura

    Good talk

    March 5, 2014

  • Wani

    Running late. Will be there by 7

    March 5, 2014

  • Aldo A.

    Sorry everyone, something at work came up and have to stay late tonight. Hopefully I'll see you all next time.

    March 5, 2014

  • Carlo

    running late on my way

    March 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just thought I'd let people know that I, also, have just given my reserved spot back to Eventbrite. So, that's at least 1 more spot for someone else who may have been "shut out." To claim, at this late point, I'd do as Eric, your host, advises and just show up @ the museum by 6pm and have your name put on the "standby" list. Whenever I've attended these events in the past, the people with the standby list have always been right near the main entrance. Have fun. Bummed out to miss what looks to be a terrific lecture.

    March 5, 2014

  • Eric

    Show up at 6:00 if you do not have an Eventbrite reservation and get on the MOS Waitlist to get in.

    March 5, 2014

  • Heather

    Avoid driving through Harvard Square on your way to the MOS. POTUS is in town. http://www.bostonmagazine.com/news/blog/2014/03/03/president-obama-coming-to-boston-march-5/

    March 5, 2014

    • Heather

      "While Obama is in Cambridge, several streets will be shut down to accommodate the president’s arrival. In an email sent out to the Harvard University community, officials said JFK Street to Mt. Auburn Street, South at Dunster Street, Winthrop Street, Dunster to Mt. Auburn Streets, Eliot Street, University Road, and parts of Memorial Drive near JFK Street would be closed off to vehicles."

      March 5, 2014

    • Harry F.

      THANKS for that warning. I'll T there.

      March 5, 2014

  • Emilee

    I had to cancel due to a work conflict :(
    But I released the reservation through EventBrite, so I hope someone else can go and enjoy.

    March 3, 2014

  • Eric

    Had to cancel. I'm hosting the NEC concert on that night. I've given my ticket back to EventBrite, so there's now one more available.

    February 24, 2014

    • Dave

      ERIC! Where you been bud? Long time no see

      March 2, 2014

  • Harry F.

    EventBrite just sent me an email reminding me of the (alleged) date for this event ...Wed February 26. Heh. Maybet they should be called EventNotTooBright.

    I checked the MOS website and it says the date is March 5. No worries.

    http://www.mos.org/public-events/hurting-brains

    February 25, 2014

    • Tim

      You sure they didn't email you about the "healthy brains" one? There are companion talks 2 weeks in a row.

      February 25, 2014

    • Harry F.

      D-OH!!!! I stand corrected. The email was for the "Healthy Brains" talk. My brain must not be that healthy today. Sorry.

      February 25, 2014

  • Eric

    Ok, it's a sell out. anyone with no reservation can show up at 6:00 on the day of and add your name to the museum's standby list. There are ALWAYS empty seats available so if you show you'll get in more than likely (but don't quote me).

    February 20, 2014

  • Basma

    Registration begins Feb 19th for non members. Wil check back on the 19th...

    February 13, 2014

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