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One of the Council's favorite speakers, historian David McCullough, has passed away. Mr. McCullough's unmatched body of work “telling the American story,” his grace, and his humor will be greatly missed by our members. Read his obituary here. 

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What Was I Thinking? Have you felt that the global pandemic changed the way your brain works? Register for our program in partnership with the Center for BrainHealth on August 30, with two medical experts on trauma and brain development. This program is sponsored by Maisie Heiken and Cher & David Jacobs. 


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Global Thinking: “Unprecedented Times” and the Impact on our Brains
Featuring Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman of the BrainHealth Project and Dan Noble of HKS

Tuesday, August 30, 2022 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

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Early in the pandemic, while everyone sheltered in-place, it was clear that Covid-19 would have a lasting impact on both physical and mental health. Experts encouraged finding new, safe ways of maintaining an active lifestyle, be it going on socially distanced walks in nature or working out at home. However, managing mental health and the damage caused by social deprivation arguably posed a more difficult obstacle to navigate. According to Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman, half of the population is found below functional brain performance by the age of 80 – a figure determined pre-Covid.

What impact have the past few years had on that statistic? What will it mean for us individually and in what ways could this shape the future of civilization? With that knowledge, what could we be doing to improve our brain health? What toll do your surroundings take on your brain? Join the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth as we host Dr. Chapman draws on her years of work to unpack the toll the global pandemic has taken on our brains, and Dan Noble walks us through how design impacts mental health. 

Dr. Sandra ChapmanDr. Sandra Bond Chapman is co-creator of The BrainHealth Project, which is powered by a collective of world-renowned brain health experts, leading in the field of improving and extending brain performance. Involved in numerous professional organizations, such as the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, Society for Neuroscience, the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Dr. Chapman is a recognized voice in cognitive health. She is a Dee Wyly Distinguished Professor at the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences. She is also a published author and frequent media contributor. Dr. Chapman received her Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience from the University of Texas at Dallas.

Dan Noble - HKSDan Noble is president and CEO at HKS. An architect, Dan leads the strategy and development of a global design firm. Under his leadership, the firm has won numerous design awards from organizations such as the World Architecture Festival and Fast Company. Dan values character, purpose, and relationships and instills these values into the firm’s culture. A gifted thought leader, he works to explore ways to design can elevate brain health across complex and disparate contexts.

Jennifer ZientzJennifer Zientz, moderator for this event and Deputy Director of Programs and Head of Clinical Services at Center for BrainHealth, has built her career on assessments and workshops that improve focus, mental efficiency, reasoning, and creative capacity. The value of her work has been known to vets, front-line workers, corporate execs, athletes, and more. Her career has contributed to the growing awareness of the broad impact of cognitive training.


In partnership with

the Center for BrainHealth

Sponsored by

Maisie Heiken

Cher & David Jacobs


We do request that only vaccinated guests attend, due to pandemic concerns.

Location: Center for BrainHealth
2200 West Mockingbird Lane
Dallas, TX 75235
Fees: $35 Members; $50 Non-Members
Calendar: Council Events
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