Film Screening: The Science of Healing with Dr. Esther Sternberg

Image of The Science of HealingJoin us this evening, June 20, at 7 p.m., to kick off our new film series, Linking Environment, Healing, and Creativity with a screening of The Science of Healing with Dr. Esther Sternberg! Dr. Sternberg, an internationally recognized physician and neuroscientist, as well as an author and television host, will introduce the film and engage with the audience in a post-screening discussion. Sternberg is well known for her research and discoveries in the science of mind-body interaction: the study of the brain’s interaction with the immune system and its stress response during diseases. She is the author of numerous scientific articles and textbook chapters as well as two popular books, The Balance Within: The Science Connecting Health and Emotions and Healing Spaces: The Science of Place and Well-being. This fascinating documentary, based upon the latter book, with Sternberg’s own story of illness and recovery at its center, explores how our brains, through the impact of light, vision, and environment, can help us heal both physically and emotionally.

Installation view of Susan Swartz: Seasons of the Soul

Installation view of Susan Swartz: Seasons of the Soul

This is the first in a series of documentaries presented at NMWA in conjunction with the exhibition Susan Swartz: Seasons of the Soul (June 17–October 2, 2011). Swartz turned to painting in order to cope with her protracted battle with environmentally-born illnesses. This collection of large-scale abstract landscapes from the Utah-based artist examines Swartz’s vision of the awe-inspiring power of nature as well as her personal story of resilience and healing.

The film series will also include A Healthy Baby Girl with speaker Judith Helfand, The Last Mountain with speaker Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., and will conclude with No Impact Man with speaker Eden Wurmfeld. From June through October, Linking Environment, Healing, and Creativity will explore, through the art of film and painting, the impact we have on the environment as well as the impact our environment can have on us; the films’ environmental concerns echo the themes of Susan Swartz: Seasons of the Soul.

Please join us at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in inaugurating this amazing series on June 20 at 7 p.m.! The screening will last approximately two hours, and general admission is $5 (member, senior, and student admission is $4). Reservations are recommended, so please call 202-783-7370 or email us at reservations@nmwa.org. For additional information, please visit www.nmwa.org.

—Elena Gittleman is an education intern at the National Museum of Women in the Arts