High Ground

    Saturday February 9, 2013 @ 6:00 PM

    Price: $20.00
    Member Price: $18.00

    This program will proceed as scheduled. Ticketholders who are unable to attend may convert their ticket into a tax-deductible donation to the Rubin Museum by emailing boxoffice@rmanyc.org or calling 212.620.5000 ext. 344 a minimum of two hours prior to the event.

    2012, USA, Michael Brown, 92 min. 

    “People still don’t get it that not all pain is physical.” —Marine Corps veteran Katherine “Rizo” Ragazzino

    “In its ability to let us hear firsthand what life-and-death combat does to the human body and spirit, this film has few peers.” —The Los Angeles Times


    In this new film by Michael Brown eleven veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, the longest in American history, are invited to overcome the damage to their bodies, minds, and spirits and climb the 20,000-foot Himalayan giant Mount Lobuche. As the film follows their training and climb, it also explores the illusion of health and the struggle to have less-perceptible conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder treated seriously.

    War veteran and IAVA representative Jason Hansman and Dr. Heather Berlin from Mt. Sinai talks about Traumatic Brain Injury after the screening. 

    Presented in association with Iraq Afghanistan Veterans of America

    Tickets include a pre-program gallery tour at 5:15pm.



    About the Speakers

    As Senior Program Associate at Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Jason Hansman executes health programs designed to serve membership, including referrals, mental health support and access to benefits. Prior to joining IAVA, Jason completed an 8-year enlistment in the Army Reserves as a Civil Affairs Sergeant. From 2004 to 2005, he was deployed to Mosul, Iraq as the Operations NCO of a Civil Affairs company and helped manage hundreds of reconstruction projects. Jason graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Near Eastern Language and Civilization.

    Dr. Heather Berlin is a cognitive neuroscientist and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She explores the complex interactions of the human brain and mind via neuroimaging, neuropsychological, and psychopharmacological research with brain lesion and psychiatric patients. She is also interested in the neural basis of consciousness and dynamic unconscious processes. She is a Visiting Scholar at the New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and a presenter on the international Discovery Channel series Superhuman Showdown. She has appeared on BBC World Service, BBC Radio 4, and StarTalk Radio. Heather received her PhD from the University of Oxford and MPH from Harvard University.

    Chad Jukes in High Ground. Photo: Didrik Johnck

    About  Brainwave: Illusion

    The Buddha said that everything is illusion. What did he mean by that? This sixth edition of Brainwave will enlist the aid of neuroscientists to help us understand how the perception of our world is shaped by the surprising adaptability of our brains. Brainwave includes talks, special film screenings followed by discussions, interactive workshops, and much more! 

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