Thursday, March 15, 2018

An Evening with
Diane Ackerman & Daniel Siegel

 celebrating the life and works of poet and philosopher, John O’Donohue

The Writers Guild Theatre
135 S Doheny Dr,
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

$30 Reserved Section Seat 
$20 General Admission  
A book signing follows the event

Presented in association with the UCLA Interpersonal Neurobiology conference

John O’Donohue is the beloved Irish author who won hundreds of thousands of international admirers with his now classic work on Celtic spirituality Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom and the bestsellers To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings, Beauty: The Invisible Embrace, and Eternal Echoes: Celtic Reflections on Our Yearning to Belong, as well as numerous collections of poetry, including Echoes of Memory and Conamara Blues. Sadly, he died unexpectedly at age fifty-two in 2008 and the loss of his powerfully wise and lyrical voice has been profoundly missed.  O’Donohue’s readers know him as both poet and a philosopher, sharing his Celtic heritage and love for his native landscape in the West of Ireland. He often traveled to the United States to give lectures, and would conduct workshops with Daniel Siegel, and with Daniel, Diane Ackerman and Jon Kabat Zinn.

Diane Ackerman is a poet, essayist, and naturalist. She is the author of twenty-four works of nonfiction and poetry, including three New York Times bestsellers: The Zookeeper’s Wife, which received the Orion Book Award and inspired a feature film (2017); The Human Age: The World Shaped by Us, which received the PEN Henry David Thoreau Award; and A Natural History of the Senses, which led to the PBS NOVA series, Mystery of the Senses, which she hosted. 

Her other nonfiction includes One Hundred Names for Love, An Alchemy of Mind, a poetics of the brain based on modern neuroscience; Cultivating Delight: A Natural History of the Garden; Deep Play, which considers play, creativity, and our need for transcendence; A Slender Thread, about her work as a crisis line counselor; The Rarest of the Rare and The Moon by Whale Light, in which she travels the world exploring the plight and fascination of endangered animals; A Natural History of Love, a tour of love’s many facets; and On Extended Wings, her memoir of flying.   She received her M.F.A. and Ph.D. from Cornell University. 

Dr. Daniel Siegel is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and the founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA. He is also the Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute which focuses on the development of mindsight, which teaches insight, empathy, and integration in individuals, families and communities.

Dr. Siegel has published extensively for both the professional and lay audiences. His four New York Times bestsellers are: Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being HumanBrainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain, and two books with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D:The Whole-Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline. His other books include: The Developing Mind (2nd Ed.), MindsightThe Mindful Brain, The Mindful Therapist, The Yes Brain (also with Tina Payne Bryson, PH.D), and his upcoming book Aware (2018). Dr. Siegel also serves as the Founding Editor for the Norton Professional Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology which contains over sixty textbooks.