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Virtual FAN event with Dilip V. Jeste on November 19

November 12, 2020  5:15pm CT

FAN virtual event November 19
Dilip V. Jeste, M.D. and Howard Nusbaum Ph.D.
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“Wiser: The Scientific Roots of Wisdom, Compassion, and What Makes Us Good, ” a conversation between Dilip V. Jeste, M.D. and Howard Nusbaum, Ph.D., will be held on Thursday, November 19, beginning at 7:00pm via Zoom. The event is free and open to the public, suitable for ages 12 and up. Registration is required.


What exactly does it mean to be wise? And is it possible to grow and even accelerate its unfolding? For over two decades, geriatric psychiatrist Dilip V. Jeste, M.D. has led the search for the biological and cognitive roots of wisdom. What’s emerged from his work is that wisdom is a very real and deeply multi-layered set of traits.  Across many cultures and centuries, he’s found that wise people are compassionate and empathetic, aware of their gifts and blind spots, open-minded, resolute and calm amid uncertainty, altruistic decision-makers who learn from their experiences, able to see from many perspectives and altitudes, and often blessed with a sense of adventure and humor.


In his new book Wiser: The Scientific Roots of Wisdom, Compassion, and What Makes Us Good, Dr. Jeste, a pioneer in the field of neurobiology and psychology of wisdom, reflects on the modern rise in suicides, opioid abuse, loneliness, and internet addiction that is damaging people’s health and destroying the social fabric. But he notes we can nurture and grow every facet of wisdom to face these challenges and others more effectively.


Dr. Jeste is the Senior Associate Dean for Healthy Aging and Senior Care, Estelle and Edgar Levi Memorial Chair in Aging, Director of the Sam and Rose Stein Institute for Research on Aging, Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Neurosciences at UC San Diego, and Co-Director of the UCSD-IBM Center on Artificial Intelligence for Healthy Living.


Dr. Jeste will be interviewed by Howard C. Nusbaum, Ph.D., the founding director of the Center for Practical Wisdom, and the Stella M. Rowley Professor of Psychology at the University of Chicago. He has published over 100 peer reviewed journal articles on perception and perceptual learning, sleep consolidation, absolute pitch, neural mechanisms of speech perception, environmental neuroscience, neuroeconomics, hallucination, and wisdom.


The November 19 webinar is sponsored by Family Action Network (FAN), in partnership with Evanston Township High School D202, Beacon Academy, Catherine Cook School, Chiaravalle Montessori School, Compass Health Center, Connections for the Homeless, Countryside Day School, Family Institute at Northwestern University , Family Service Center, Family Service of Glencoe, Fusion Academy, Glencoe D35, Lake Bluff D65, Lake Forest Country Day School, Loyola Academy, North Shore Country Day School, Northwestern University School of Education and Social Policy, Pope John XXIII School, Rogers Park Montessori School, Roycemore School, St. Athanasius School PTO, Stevenson High School D125, The Alliance for Early Childhood, and Wolcott College Prep.


The event will be recorded and available later on FAN’s website and YouTube channel. A bonus after-hours event is also available to webinar attendees. For more information, visit