Perkins announces their 2019-2020 Dr. Charles P. Conroy Speakers Series lineup, three installments held on their Lancaster campus in the Janeway Auditorium located at 975 Main Street. Conroy Speakers Series events are free and open to the public. This year’s lineup is sponsored by Presenting Sponsors The Shine Initiative and UMass Memorial Health Alliance – Clinton Hospital and Supporting Sponsor Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare.
The first event will feature award-winning filmmaker Dan Habib. From Dan Habib comes “Intelligent Lives,” a catalyst to transform the label of intellectual disability from a life sentence of isolation into a life of possibility for the most systematically segregated people in America. Perkins will host a screening of the film, followed by a discussion with Dan on Thursday, November 7 from 6:30-8:30 PM.
Dan Habib is the creator of the award-winning documentary films “Including Samuel,” “Who Cares About Kelsey?,” and many other short films on disability-related topics. Habib is a six-time New Hampshire photographer of the year and his freelance work has appeared in Time, Newsweek, and the New York Times. In November 2013, he delivered a TEDx talk titled “Disabling Segregation” on the benefits of inclusion to students without disabilities. From 2014-2017, he served on President Barack Obama’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities. Habib is currently a filmmaker at the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability. Habib is currently a filmmaker at the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability. For more information about Dan or the film, visit intelligentlives.org.
The second event will be a screening of the follow- up to 2016’s successful film “Screenagers.” Filmmaker and physician Dr. Delaney Ruston takes the conversation around screens and teens to the next level with “Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience” — a film that examines the science behind teen’s emotional challenges, the interplay of social media, and most importantly, what can be done in our schools and homes to help them build crucial skills to navigate stress, anxiety, and depression in our digital age. Following the film, a discussion will be facilitated by Perkins experts on Thursday, February 6, 2020 from 6:30-8:00 PM. For more information on Screenagers, visit https://www.screenagersmovie.com/.
The third and final event for the season will feature Marjatta Moimas, Qualified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher. “Gentle Mindfulness for Wellbeing” (a trauma-sensitive approach) will be equal parts presentation and workshop where introductory mindfulness techniques are explored and will be held on Thursday, March 19, 2020, from 6:30-8:00 PM.