David J. Morris
Just as polio stalked the 1950s, and AIDS overshadowed the 1980s and ‘90s, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) haunts us in the early years of the 21st Century. Over a decade into America’s “global war on terror,” PTSD afflicts as many as 30 percent of the conflict’s veterans. The disorder also extends far beyond the armed forces: Some 27 million Americans are believed to be survivors. Yet to many of us, PTSD remains shrouded in mystery, secrecy and shame.
Former Marine infantry office and war correspondent David J. Morris will discuss his unforgettable, critically acclaimed account of PTSD, "The Evil Hours: A Biography of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder" (Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015) on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 8 p.m. at the Semel Institute Auditorium at UCLA. Morris draws upon his own battles with post-traumatic stress, interviews with people living with the disorder and forays into the rich scientific, literary and cultural history of the condition. Jen Percy of the New York Times Book Review called the book “stunning … ‘The Evil Hours’ is a provocative, exhaustively researched and deeply moving analysis of traumatic memory and how we make sense of it…an essential book not just for those who have experienced trauma, but for anyone who wants to understand post-9/11 America.’”
The event is the latest in the Friends of the Semel Institute's Open Mind lecture and film series. Morris will be joined in discussion by Dr. Andrew F. Leuchter, professor of psychiatry and director of the Laboratory of Brain, Behavior, and Pharmacology, and Dr. Jo Sornborger, director of UCLA's Operation Mend Psychological Health Programs.