“Pain, Pleasure, and the Addictive Chase for Dopamine”: Think Forum F. Joseph Callahan Distinguished Lecture

Editor’s note: This posting has been updated to reflect the lecture will now take place virtually.

Case Western Reserve University’s Think Forum speaker series continues in April with the F. Joseph Callahan Distinguished Lecture featuring Anna Lembke, professor and clinical scholar of psychiatry and addiction.

Lembke’s lecture, titled “Pain, Pleasure, and the Addictive Chase for Dopamine,” will be held Monday, April 18, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. via livestream. This will be an exclusively virtual event with no in-person offering. If you had previously registered for the in-person event, you will receive a streaming link from the Maltz Performing Arts Center. If you paid for parking, you will be refunded.

Learn more about the lecture and register for the livestream. The livestream link will be sent to your email two hours prior to the event’s start time.

About the speaker

Anna Lembke is a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine and chief of the Stanford Addiction Medicine Dual Diagnosis Clinic. In 2016, she published DrugDealer, MD: How Doctors Were Duped, Patients Got Hooked, and Why It’s So Hard to Stop (Johns Hopkins University Press), which was highlighted in the The New York Times as one of the top five books to read in the quest to understand the opioid epidemic.

Lembke also appeared in the Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma, which provides an unvarnished look at the impact of social media on our lives. In her new book, Dopamine Nation: Finding Balance in the Age of Indulgence (Dutton/Penguin Random House, August 2021), an instant New York Times bestseller, Lembke explores how to moderate compulsive overconsumption in a dopamine-overloaded world.

About F. Joseph Callahan (1923-2013)

Born in his family home in Lima, Ohio, F. Joseph Callahan went on to excel in high school athletics, higher education classrooms, nuclear submarines and, ultimately, manufacturing. He spent 42 years at the Greater Cleveland fluid system company known as Swagelok, securing 23 patents there and ultimately becoming its president and then chairman.

Throughout his life, Callahan maintained a profound commitment to family, service and generosity to those less fortunate. He also displayed a powerful intellect, a passion for innovation, and overwhelming confidence in the potential of close-knit working groups.

The F. Joseph Callahan Distinguished lecture emphasizes the same kind of values of excellence, integrity and respect that Mr. Callahan embodied as an executive and a family man.