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The #Reframe Conference: Mental Health & The Media


The #Reframe Conference: Mental Health & The Media

Re-imagining what it means to “be well,” The Neurodiversity Project has assembled leading figures from the Sundance Institute, Harvard Neurology, On Being, and elsewhere in order to #reframe our conceptions of what we currently call "mental health" and "mental health care."

What new stories are we in dire need of? What does a Harvard neurologist focused on sensitivity have in common with a Sundance Institutue Director focused on virtual reality? In the corners of all our respective fields, there are innovators literally creating new definitions, maps, guidelines, and experiences that take us out of old boxes, categories and diagnostic checklists. Will the fields of medicine and psychiatry as we currently know them survive and how do journalists cover these emerging beats?

Join us for a groundbreaking full-day summit with leaders flying in from across the country to share their stories of new frontiers and practical applications, living into new notions of what it means to be well. Be inspired with leading media directors, researchers, activists, artists, and scientists. Find fellow innovators who are re-inventing intersections in their daily lives, sharing heartfelt personal stories, and why new visions and definitions are needed.

What have we lost in our basic fabric and how do we get it back? We will put the pieces back together, re-connecting the web of life supports that are needed to keep us all in joyful emotional health. Science, art, literature, activism, and celebration all have their part to play. Ready to walk into a doctor's office and meet with a storyteller for part of your treatment? 


Kamal Sinclair is the Sundance Institute Director of New Frontier Labs, a cross-disciplinary and transmedia project elevating the intersection of new emerging artists and technology, film, activism, virtual and augmented reality, music and live performance. One of her projects, Question Bridge, facilitates dialogue between black men from diverse and contending backgrounds and creates a platform for them to represent and redefine black male identity in America. Previously a performer with STOMP, she can often be found at MIT, Sundance, the National Film Board of Canada, Google, the Oakland Museum of California, and the LA Film Festival. 

Casper ter Kuile is On Being's Executive Director at the On Being Impact Lab, co-founder of How We Gather, and co-host of the award-winning podcast Harry Potter and the Sacred Text. He is a Ministry Innovation Fellow at Harvard Divinity School, where he jointly earned a degree with the Harvard Kennedy School and his imaginative work is often covered by The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Boston Globe and elsewhere. Originally from England, he now lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with his husband.


Dr. Joel Salinas is a Harvard neurologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, founder of the Salinas Lab, and author of Mirror Touch: A Memoir of Synesthesia and the Secret Life of the Brain. A behavioral neurologist, he specializes in neuropsychiatry and the intersection of social relationships and mental wellness. A physician with synesthesia himself, he literally feels what other people feel and chronicles the experience in his book. Raised in Nicaragua and Miami, he speaks to wide audiences including Cannes, TEDx, and the International Association of Synesthetes, Artists, and Scientists.

Rev Angel Kyodo Williams is the author of Being Black and co-author of Radical Dharma and is the Zen-trained founder of the Center for Transformative Change. She is an internationally-acclaimed teacher educating the mindfulness community about white privilege, race, trauma, healing, and belonging. With a style that is both fierce and gentle, she is a highly sought-after speaker. 

And more, stay tuned for announcements.

We will convene at the International House at UC Berkeley. Car sharing is advised.

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Poster/installation proposals can be submitted here.

The #Reframe Conference: Mental Health & the Media

Saturday, March 23rd

UC Berkeley

Early registration encouraged

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