Psychologist Jennifer Eberhardt investigates how subtle racial biases are interpreted in the brain.
On March 5, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. in Graham Chapel, Richard Davidson, neuroscientist and one of the world’s leading experts on the impact of contemplative practices such as meditation on the brain, talked about “Change Your Brain by Transforming Your Mind.”
On October 28, 2014 at 5 p.m. in Graham Chapel, Nobel Laureate Eric Kandel talked about “The Age of Insight: The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind and Brain from Vienna 1900 to the Present.”
On November 14, 2013 at 12 p.m. in the Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom, Catharine MacKinnon, a principal architect of landmark sex equality laws in the United States, talked about “Trafficking, Prostitution, and Inequality.”
On February 18, 2013 at 5p.m. in Simon Hall, alumna Susannah Cahalan talked about her book “Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness.” The book chronicles her ordeal with a rare medical condition.
On October 4, 2013 at 6 p.m. in Brown Hall, Jonathan Gruber, Massachusetts Institute of Technology economist and renowned health care expert, talked about “Health-care Reform: What It Is, Why It’s Necessary, How It Works.”
On September 19, 2011 storyteller Jeremy Courtney talked about “Reconciliation through Healing.” Courtney founded the Preemptive Love Coalition to eradicate the swelling backlog of Iraqi children in need of corrective heart surgery and to train a new generation of Iraqi medical professionals.
On September 23, 2011 food activist Ellen Gustafson talked about “A New Understanding of Hunger, Obesity and the Food System.” The former United Nations’ spokesperson for its World Food Program is using her skills to create real solutions, first with the FEED initiative, and now with the 30 Project.
On April 4, 2014 anthropologist Helen Fisher gave a talk on “Lust, Romance, Attachment: The Drive to Love and Whom We Choose.” Her investigations of romantic love, its evolution, biochemical foundations and importance to human society are informing and transforming the way we understand ourselves.
On October 10, 2014 Carl Hart, neuropsychopharamacologist at Columbia University, delivered the annual Chancellor’s Fellows Lecture on “Demystifying the Science of Drug Addiction: Neuroscience, Self-discovery, Race and U.S. Drug Policy.”