The Lear Center's Hollywood, Health & Society program brought together top experts on the science and psychology of addiction to discuss cutting-edge research with the producers and writers from A&E's Emmy Award-winning series Intervention at the Writers Guild of America, West. The briefing was co-sponsored by HH&S, the WGAW and A&E/Intervention and kicks off a new bi-monthly speaker series in which experts will help Intervention's creative team tell accurate and compelling stories about all forms of addiction.
Hollywood, Health & Society Director Sandra de Castro Buffington presented “Recovery and the Media: Addiction and Treatment in Entertainment and News—The Road to Recovery” at the US Department of Health and Human Services and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for the National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month in Rockville, Maryland, on July 7, 2010.
Hollywood, Health & Society Director Sandra de Castro Buffington has been asked to join the Millenium Project's Global Arts and Media Node and presented a talk at the State of the Arts 2010 Symposium, offered by Millenium Project's partner organization, c3: Center for Conscious Creativity. The symposium addressed future trends in the arts and media and the power they hold to effect change in culture and society.
Director of HH&S Sandra de Castro Buffington presented “Entertainment for Social Change: Working with Hollywood’s Storytellers to Improve Health and Well Being Worldwide” at the Culture of Peace Distinguished Speaker Series. The event was held at the Soka Gakkai International (SGI-ISA) Culture of Peace Resource Center in Santa Monica. The distinguished speaker series seeks to engage people in a dialogue on the values, attitudes and behaviors that reject violence and inspire creative energy toward peaceful resolution of conflicts.
Sandra de Castro Buffington, director of Hollywood, Health & Society, moderated this discussion which brought top TV producers, writers and performers together with key Washington policymakers to focus on how global health is portrayed in entertainment media. Panelists included actress Mariska Hargitay and executive producer Neal Baer from Law & Order: SVU.
Health experts discussed leading-edge technology and therapy and exposed the myths of organ donation, and organ recipients and donors shared personal stories about their roles in the second chance at life that donation offers at Writers Guild of America, West. The keynote speaker was Dr. Robert A. Montgomery, director of the Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Transplant Center.
HH&S will convene a cutting-edge conference, "Developing a Research Agenda for Entertainment-Education and Global Health," on Feb. 18-19 in Santa Monica, with top communications and global health scholars. The conference promises two full days of activities, including information sessions from noted communication and EE scholars, and focused dialogue on the ways in which research can help inform increasingly effective entertainment education on global topics.