Zoom Speaker Series

Please note that there are no meetings at Center Club until further notice.

The meetings will now continue over Zoom every 3rd Thursday from 6:30pm-7:30pm with a shortened speaker period and plenty of time for questions and answers. The speaking series is co-sponsored by the Metro Boston Recovery Learning Community.

November 17

Speaker Bill Lichtenstein 

description of talk:

Bill will discuss his journey from journalist, through his diagnosis and recovery from manic depression (bipolar disorder) and how he has worked to change public attitudes, behaviors, and policies with regard
to mental health and its treatment and stigma.


Bill Lichtenstein is a Peabody Award-winning print and broadcast journalist and documentary filmmaker with more than 50 years of experience.  He began as a volunteer and later newscaster and announcer at the legendary underground radio station in Boston, WBCN.  It was there that Bill first witnessed the power of media to create
social change.

Later, Bill was producing investigative stories for ABC News when he became ill with manic depression.  Following his recovery in the early 1990's, he produced the "Voices of an Illness" series; the first documentaries that featured people who had recovered from depression, manic depression, and schizophrenia, which aired on public radio
stations around the country and led to the formation in 1990 of his independent media production company LCMedia Productions (Lichtenstein Creative Media).

Since then, Bill and LCMedia have continued to produce public TV and radio programs and documentaries on mental health -- encouraging people to "tell your story" -- as well as other social justice and
human rights issues. They include the documentary film "West 47th Street," which followed the lives of four people with serious mental illness over three years, and won the Atlanta Film Festival, aired on
PBS's POV and was called "remarkable" by the Washington Post and "must see" by Newsweek.  LCMedia also conducted a mental health anti-stigma campaign under contract for New York City -- the first ever city-wide public mental health anti-stigma effort.  In all, Bill has received more than 60 major journalism awards for his work.  Currently, Bill is working on a documentary on the failed (some say broken) child welfare, foster care and family court systems.

January 19

 Speaker: Alexander Bela Kirk

  Description of talk

      My presentation is a synthesis of what I learned from writing my memoir. I will describe what it was like to be hit by severe depression and psychosis at the age of fourteen, why I couldn’t ask for help and what gave me the strength to go on after a suicide attempt. I will describe the stigma that kept me in a state of denial, and how acceptance that I would have a lifelong illness made recovery possible.
       Highs and lows of that journey including struggling to hold minimum wage jobs, help from doctors, medications and a wonderful relationship, all of which made possible a career in science, and a
rich, meaningful life. PowerPoint slides with pictures and take home messages will help explain my story. At the end, I would love to try and answer any questions my story brings to mind.
Alexander Kirk's Biography
I am a survivor of mental illness. I work as a research technician at one of the major research institutions in Boston. I have 20 years of experience in my field and have co-authored more than 15 full length scientific publications including one first author paper and a second in progress. My work has been cited more than 800 times by other scientists.

for more details: www.namiboston.org


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