The Ruderman Family Foundation and Northeastern University’s Jewish Studies Program welcomed author Michael Pollan as its speaker at the 2019 Morton E. Ruderman Memorial Lecture on Sept. 24. Pollan, the author of many best-selling books, discussed his work with psychedelics and their relationship with spirituality and potential benefits to those struggling with mental health, as well as his most recent work “How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence.”
Pollan engaged in discussion with Lori Lefkovitz, Northeastern’s director of the Jewish Studies Program, a professor of English, and director of the Humanities Center, and also held a question and answer session.
The memorial lecture was named after Morton E. Ruderman, the founder of the Ruderman Family Foundation. A successful entrepreneur, mentor and proud family man, he saw his success as the result of help he received from others and was passionate about providing opportunities for others, with a keen focus on those living with physical, cognitive or mental health challenges. During the discussion, Pollan described America’s dire need for improvements in our care for depression and mental health, and applauded steps being taken by those who are examining the positive effects of psychedelics on mental health concerns.