25th Anniversary Conversation Series: Visionary Leaders in Integrative Care

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February 8, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

This program is being offered virtually through Zoom. In order to participate and receive the Zoom link, you must register using the form below or by emailing carla@smithcenter.org

with Michael Lerner

Smith Center 25th Anniversary Conversation Series

The year 2021 marks the 25th anniversary of the founding of Smith Center for Healing and the Arts. In celebration of this momentous achievement, we are launching a series of special conversations. Across the course of the coming year, members of our Smith Center family will join us to reflect upon Smith Center’s roots, examine its present programs and impact, and imagine what the future may hold for us at Smith Center and the larger world of integrative healing.

Our first conversation will be held Monday, February 8th from 6 – 7:30 pm (Eastern Time). We are honored that the speaker for our inaugural conversation will be Dr. Michael Lerner, co-founder of Smith Center. Dr. Lerner will be interviewed by Smith Center’s Executive Director, Lisa Simms Booth.

We hope you will join us for the conversations in this special series. Please feel free to circulate this announcement and share with others the details of this upcoming conversation.

Tickets for this event will be $25 and will help raise money for Smith Center’s 25th Anniversary Fund.

Smith Center’s 25th Anniversary Conversation Series will be hosted throughout 2021.

Selected Themes:

  • Visionary Leaders in Integrative Care
  • The Facilitators’ View on Caring and Healing
  • Participants’ Perspectives
  • Envisioning the Future

Tickets for each conversation will be $25.

About Michael Lerner

Michael Lerner

Michael Lerner is president and co-founder of Commonweal in Bolinas, California. Founded in 1976, Commonweal has program interests in health and healing, education and the arts, and environment and justice. www.commonweal.org.

Michael’s projects at Commonweal include the Commonweal Cancer Help Program, Healing Circles Global, The New School at Commonweal, The Resilience Project, The New School at Commonweal, and the Beyond Conventional Cancer Therapies website.

Michael is the author of Choices in Healing: Integrating the Best of Conventional and Complementary Approaches to Cancer. The Commonweal Cancer Help Program was the subject of an hour-long documentary, “Wounded Healers,” part of Bill Moyers prize-winning PBS series, “Healing and the Mind.”

Michael is president of the Jennifer Altman Foundation and Advisor for the Barbara Smith Fund. www.jaf.org.  He is co-founder and president emeritus of Smith Center for Healing and the Arts in Washington, D.C. He is past chair of the Consultative Group on Biodiversity, co-founder and chair emeritus of the Health and Environmental Funders Network, and a past Board Member of Global Greengrants.  He is chair emeritus of the board of the Wildflowers Institute in San Francisco, which works with low-income diaspora communities to identify their internal sources of strength in the Bay Area and beyond.

A Harvard graduate with a doctorate from Yale, Lerner left teaching at Yale to found Full Circle, a residential center for at-risk children in Bolinas in 1972.  He founded Commonweal in 1976. He received a MacArthur Prize Fellowship for contributions to public health in 1984.


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