Neurobiologist Louann Brizendine to Kick Off Aspen Institute McCloskey Speaker Series with Talk on “The Female Brain”

May 29, 2007  • Institute Contributor

Neurobiologist Louann Brizendine to Kick Off Aspen Institute McCloskey Speaker Series with Talk on “The Female Brain”

Aspen, CO, May 29, 2007 –– The 2007 Aspen Institute McCloskey Speaker Series opens with a conversation with Louann Brizendine, founder and director of the University of California, San Francisco Women’s Mood and Hormone Clinic. Dr. Brizendine will discuss the fascinating findings featured in her acclaimed book, The Female Brain (Morgan Road Books).  The event will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 PM on Tuesday, June 26, 2007 at the Walter Paepcke Memorial Auditorium on the Institute’s Aspen Meadows campus in Aspen, CO. The series is made possible by a gift from the McCloskey Family Charitable Foundation. New this year, the tickets for the McCloskey Speaker Series will be $10 each and will go on sale starting June 15 through the Aspen Music Festival Box Offices. As a full-capacity audience is expected for this program, early ticket purchasing is encouraged.  Doors will open 45 minutes prior to the start of the lecture. 

Louann Brizendine, MD completed her degree in Neurobiology at the University of California, Berkeley, graduated from Yale School of Medicine, pursued graduate work in London at University College London (UCL) in Philosophy of Mind and History of Science and Medicine, and completed a residency in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She has served on the faculties of Harvard Medical School and UCSF Medical School. At UCSF, Dr. Brizendine pursues active clinical, teaching, writing, and research activities. She founded the UCSF Women’s Mood and Hormone Clinic in 1994 and continues to serve as its director. The Women’s Mood and Hormone Clinic is a unique psychiatric clinic designed to assess and treat women of all ages experiencing disruption of mood, energy, anxiety, sexual function and well-being due to hormonal influences on the brain. Teen girls with mood, anxiety, eating, concentration, or depression symptoms related to the hormone changes of the menstrual cycle, PMS, come to the new Teen Girl’s Mood and Hormone Clinic. Her bestselling book, The Female Brain, was released August 1, 2006. She is currently writing The Male Brain.

Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the Aspen Music Festival Box Office at 970-925-9042. Other box office locations include Aspen Gondola Office, Harris Hall, and Wheeler Opera House.  For more information on the Aspen Institute McCloskey Speaker Series and other events open to the public, please contact Cristal Logan at 970-544-7929 or, call the information hotline at 970-544-7970, or visit the Institute’s website at
All programs listed below will convene at the Walter Paepcke Memorial Auditorium, located at 1000 North Third Street, Aspen, CO, unless otherwise noted.

Other speakers to be featured in the McCloskey Speaker Series include:


July 10 Shashi Tharoor, author and former United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information
“Globalization, Terrorism, and the Human Imagination”
6:30 – 7:30 pm
July 17 Walter Isaacson, President and CEO, The Aspen Institute
“Einstein: His Life and Universe”
6:30 – 7:30 pm
July 31 Andrew L. Stern, international president, Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
“A Country That Works: Putting America Back on Track”
6:30 – 7:30 pm
August 3 Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House
“The Coming Transformation of Government”
4:30 – 5:30 pm – Will be held in Doerr-Hosier Center
August 7 Dennis Ross, counselor and Ziegler Distinguished Fellow, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
“Statecraft: And How to Restore America’s Standing in the World”
6:30 – 7:30 pm
August 23 William J. Bratton, chief of the Los Angeles Police Department
“Policing Terrorism”
6:30 – 7:30 pm
Book Talks:  
July 12 Jeremy Bernstein, author of Plutonium: A History of the World’s Most Dangerous Element (Joseph Henry Press)
“What You Always Wanted to Know About Nuclear Weapons but were Afraid to Ask”
6:30 – 7:30 pm; Tickets are Free and will be given out at the door.

The Aspen Institute, founded in 1950, is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering enlightened leadership and open-minded dialogue. Through seminars, policy programs, conferences and leadership development initiatives, the Institute and its international partners seek to promote nonpartisan inquiry and an appreciation for timeless values. The Institute is headquartered in Washington, DC, and has campuses in Aspen, Colorado, and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Its international network includes partner Aspen Institutes in Berlin, Rome, Lyon, Tokyo, New Delhi, and Bucharest, and leadership programs in Africa, Central America and India.

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