INWARDS

a weekly discussion series conceived and moderated by
Diana Barrett, Ph.D., and Jake H. Davis, Ph.D.

Thursdays from 10 a.m.–12 p.m., The Hayloft at Beach Plum Inn, Chilmark

For almost two decades, the MVFF has produced film events with the aim of sparking discussion, debate, and action. But talking can get tiring. This year, join us as we take the conversation in a new direction. Each Thursday morning we will start by discussing a meaningful topic—and then turn inwards to explore the emotions that motivate speech and action. Sometimes we will take a break from talking altogether and really be quiet for a moment.

We’ll start with dying, end with extinction, and have a lot of fun in between. Reserve your place for one or two, or join us for all seven. And when you come, be prepared for a journey. It won’t be hard to leave changed; the challenge will be to stay stuck in the same mindset you walked in with.

 
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About our moderators: Diana Barrett founded the Fledgling Fund in 2005 after a long career of teaching at the Harvard Business School and the Harvard School of Public Health. Jake Davis spent much of the past three decades training in mindfulness meditation in the Theravada Buddhist tradition of Burma, and holds a doctorate in philosophy and cognitive science.


POWER - JULY 25

This week’s topic is POWER, exploring how inequality impacts lives, communities, and relationships, with guests Carole Vandal, Ismail Samad, and Barney Frank.

Pre-registration is required. For more information and tickets, click here.


CIVILITY - AUGUST 1

This week’s topic is CIVILITY, exploring how a close-knit community can stifle dissent and how we can move beyond division, with guests Carole Vandal, Daniel Goleman, Ismail Samad, and Alan Dershowitz.

Pre-registration is required. For more information and tickets, click here.


MARRIAGE - AUGUST 8

This week’s topic is MARRIAGE, exploring how committed relationships impact mental health, with guests Kenneth Paul Rosenberg, M.D., Julianne Vanderhoop, and Hilary Dreyer.

Pre-registration is required. For more information and tickets, click here.


SANITY - AUGUST 15

This week’s topic is SANITY, exploring the place of stigma, dignity, and acceptance in caring for people with mental illness, with guest Kenneth Paul Rosenberg, M.D., Charles Silberstein, M.D., and moderator Diana Barrett.

Pre-registration is required. For more information and tickets, click here.


EXTINCTION - AUGUST 22

This week’s topic is EXTINCTION, exploring the place of fear, joy, and equanimity in facing the possibility that our species is rapidly coming to an end, with guests Rory Kennedy, Daniel Goleman, and Noli Taylor.

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PAST EVENTS


DYING - JULY 11

This week’s topic is DYING, exploring the place of fear, joy, and equanimity in facing our mortality, with guests Donald M. Berwick, M.D., and Paddy Moore.


JOY - JULY 18

This week’s topic is JOY, exploring its role in facing the problems of the world, and how to cultivate this quality internally, with moderator Jake Davis and guest Carole Vandal.

Pre-registration is required. For more information and tickets, click here.