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Recharging the Mind: Psychological Effects of Unplugging with Philip Chard

Date(s) - Wednesday, November 8th
7:00 pm CST - 8:30 pm CST

Jewish Museum Milwaukee


What is the value of rest? How do we make time to disconnect in our modern hyper-plugged-in, hurry-sick world? Could our IT-focused world alter the structure and functioning of the brain? 

Join Philip Chard, psychotherapist and writer of Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s weekly column, “Out of My Mind,” to explore the physical and spiritual effects that technology can have on the brain, as well as the benefits that a digital detox can bring.

Chard will discuss the strong interfaces between the need to disconnect and traditional religious practices surrounding the Sabbath and will examine specific, actionable approaches to creating and sustaining a healthy mind. The presentation will be followed by a book signing. Chard’s second book Nature’s Way: Experiencing the Sacred in the Natural World will be available for purchase.

Philip Chard is President/CEO of Empathia, Inc., a nationwide behavioral services firm providing health, safety and productivity solutions for over 340 organizations representing over 2 million covered lives. In addition, he is a practicing psychotherapist who writes an award-winning weekly column in the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL titled “Out Of My Mind,” and is the author of The Healing Earth, which won the 1995 Midwest Publishers Award, and Nature’s Ways, which examines the spiritual aspects of nature interaction. Philip is a contributing writer to Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul, has been a guest expert on ABC Television’s 20/20, and has presented at the Brookings Institution, among many other venues. Also, he is a Strategic Consultant to the Center for Healthy Minds, a world class neuroscience research program at the University of Wisconsin exploring the benefits of mindfulness and contemplative practices. Prior to joining Empathia, he was Director of Behavioral Science Education at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine, where he was an associate professor and received the Outstanding Faculty Award.

Museum Members $7 | Non-Members $12

Offered in connection with The Seventh Day: Revisiting Shabbat, an exhibit on display at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee, September 13 – December 31, 2017.

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