Long an inspiration for artists working in forms as varied as poetry, painting, dance, cinema, and fiction, Oliver Sacks, dubbed by The New York Times as "the poet laureate of medicine," has written recently, "We have, as yet, scarcely touched the question of why music, for better or worse, has so much power. It is a question that goes to the heart of being human."
Professor Sacks will speak about "Music and Mind" in the Faculty Room of Low Library on Wednesday, March 7th at 6:15pm. Eric Kandel, Nobel Laureate and University Professor at Columbia University, will chair.
Sacks is clinical professor of neurology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, adjunct professor of neurology at the NYU School of Medicine, and the author of nine books, including The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat (1985). His forthcoming book, Music and the Brain, will be published by Knopf in October, 2007.
Eric Kandel, Chair, is University Professor at Columbia University and a Senior Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He is also founding Director of the Center for Neurobiology and Behavior at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2000.