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Seat of consciousness and the unconscious; motor of knowledge, memory, judgment and problem-solving; locus of language and creativity; regulator of movement and emotion; processor of sense perception – the brain reigns sovereign over human cognition and sentience. The Interdisciplinary Humanities Center’s 2015-16 public events series The Humanities and the Brain will explore the workings of the brain from perspectives deriving from the humanities and fine arts, as well as from newer interdisciplinary fields such as neuroesthetics and neuroethics. The program will bring humanists and neuroscientists into dialogue to consider diverse analyses and representations of this most elusive organ.

Please contact IHC Director Susan Derwin or Associate Director Emily Zinn with your suggestions for productive and creative collaborations.

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Past Events

2015 - 2016

reading: Tides by Pedro Xavier Solís

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 / 4:00 PM
McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB
Suzanne Jill Levine (Spanish & Portuguese, UCSB, translator of Tides)
Jorge Luis Castillo (Spanish & Portuguese, UCSB)

Professors Suzanne Jill Levine and Jorge Luis Castillo will present a bilingual reading of Tides, Levine’s translation of Pedro Xavier Solís’s chapbook of poetry that addresses bipolarity. Pedro Xavier Solís, grandson of Pablo Antonio Cuadra, one of Nicaragua’s most famous poets, lives in Managua. A poet, essayist, and fiction  writer, he serves on the boards of directors of the Nicaraguan Academy of Language and of the Granada International Poetry Festival.

Tides is very much a work in dialogue – with the “you” to whom its poems are addressed, with the many writers the poems reference and quote and thus, with literature itself. Solís Cuadra’s approach is readerly and his style light, in spite of the occasionally dark turns that the poems make. This bilingual edition of Tides is the first collection by the Nicaraguan writer to be published in English. The original Spanish title literally translates as “Syndromes: Low Tide and Autistic Seashell.”

Suzanne Jill Levine’s recent work includes the poetry chapbook Reckoning  (Finishing Line Press) and a five-volume Penguin Classics edition of  Jorge Luis Borges. The director of Translation Studies at UCSB, and  recipient of many honors, she received in 2012 her third PEN prize for  translating José Donoso’s The Lizard’s Tale (Northwestern University  Press).

Jorge Luis Castillo is a distinguished scholar of Latin American  literature and poetry and a Cuban novelist and short-story writer who  grew up in Puerto Rico.  His first book of fiction won the international PEN Prize.

Sponsored by the IHC series The Humanities and the Brain.

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talk: Why Historical Trauma Studies?

Peter Leese (Institute of English, Germanic and Romance Studies, University of Copenhagen)
Thursday, May 19, 2016 / 4:00 PM
McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB

One of the earliest definitions of historical trauma studies is Mark Micale and Paul Lerner’s edited collection Traumatic Pasts: History, Psychiatry and Trauma in the Modern Age, 1870-1930 (2001). Leese is one of the original contributors to Traumatic Pasts and co-editor of two forthcoming collections of essays on the social and cultural history of trauma studies and subsequent developments in the field. His talk will discuss the evolution of historical trauma studies, focusing on the questions: “What are we looking for when we investigate trauma in the past? In which directions might the research agenda now move forward? What is historical trauma studies?”

Peter Leese is Associate Professor of British History at the Department of English, Germanic and Romance Studies, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Currently a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Ideas and Society, University of California, Riverside, his most recent research project is ‘Migrant Memory: Life-Stories, Investigations, Pictures.’ He is the author of Shell Shock: Traumatic Neurosis and the British Soldiers of the First World War, and Britain Since 1945: Aspects of Identity. Psychological Trauma and the Legacies of the First World War and Traumatic Memories of the Second World War and After, edited by Peter Leese and Jason Crouthamel, will both be published by Palgrave Macmillan in autumn 2016.

soundcloudClick here to listen to Peter Leese’s talk for the IHC series The Humanities and the Brain.

Sponsored by the IHC series The Humanities and the Brain.

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Keynote Address: Pleasure and Form: Chasing Imagination

Gabrielle Starr (English, New York University, author of Feeling Beauty)
Friday, May 13, 2016 / 10:45 AM
McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB

This talk is the Keynote Address for the IHC Conference The Humanities, the Neurosciences, and the Brain.

Gabrielle Starr is a scholar of eighteenth-century British literature and of aesthetics, as well as a researcher in experimental aesthetics, using the tools of cognitive neuroscience, behavioral psychology, and the humanities together, to explore the contours of aesthetic experience. Her first book, Lyric Generations (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004), is a history of the interrelation of lyric poetry and the early British novel, in which she argues for the need to understand the history of changes in literary form as emerging from cross-generic interactions. More recently she has engaged in empirical and theoretical work in aesthetics. Her most recent book is Feeling Beauty (MIT Press, 2013), and it explores the ways our responses to the Sister Arts of painting, poetry and music are mediated by brain-based reward processes and by the default mode network. This work has been supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in the form of a New Directions Fellowship to facilitate training in neuroscience, as well as by an NSF-ADVANCE grant (jointly with Nava Rubin) at NYU. She is currently director of a three-year, collaborative international project on brain responses to music, painting, and literary imagery.

Sponsored by the IHC series Humanities and the Brain.

 

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conference: The Humanities, the Neurosciences and the Brain

Thursday-Friday, May 12-13, 2016
McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB

This conference is free and open to the public.  To register to attend, please complete this form.

This interdisciplinary conference will explore the multiple accords, and discords, that characterize humanistic and neuroscientific approaches to the study of the brain.  Gabrielle Starr, author of Feeling Beauty: The Neuroscience of Aesthetic Experience, will give the keynote address. Participants will explore creative framings of neuroscientific inquiry through humanistic perspectives, as well as artistic explorations of inner states and mental landscapes.

Sponsored by the IHC series The Humanities and the Brain.

Click here to download conference poster.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

 9:00 AM coffee and pastries

9:15 AM Welcome: Susan Derwin, Director, IHC

9:30 AM Panel 1: Sight and Sound
Chair: Evelyn Rick, Classics, UCSB
Katie Adkison, English, UCSB, “Speaking What We Feel: The Sense of Speech in King Lear”
Chip Badley, English, UCSB, “’If not in the Word, in the Sound’: Sound, Affect, Frederick Douglass”
Cole Cohen, Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, UCSB, “Merleau-Ponty and Me: The Phenomenology of Neurodiversity”

10:30 AM break

10:45 AM Sight and Sound continued
Phillip Grayson, Literature, St. John’s University, “At The Edge of Evening, Often Forever: Extramission, Consciousness, Literature”
Ery Shin, English, Eureka College, “Imaging the Mind in Literary Contexts”

12:00 PM lunch

 12:45 PM Panel 2: Sociality, Intersubjectivity, Empathy
Chair: Sara Ballance, Music, UCSB
Corinne Bancroft, English, UCSB, “The Face of Friendship in Louise Erdrich’s Fiction”
Ksenia Fedorova, Cultural Studies, UC Davis, “Identity Transactions and Interpersonal Dynamics in Art and Science”
Cheryl Jaworski, English, UCSB, “The Embodied Mind and ‘the Demon of Domesticity’ in Dickens’s Dombey and Son

2:15 PM break

 2:30 PM Panel 3: Theories of Mind, Machines and Mechanical Metaphors
Chair: Rebecca Chenoweth, English, UCSB
Hannes Bend, Quantum Physics Aleman Lab and Institute of Neuroscience, University of Oregon, “Metaverses/Myndful”
Jennifer Duggan, English, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, “The Victorians and the Mechanical Brain”
Melissa M. Littlefield, English and Kinesiology & Community Health, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, “Public Displays of Arousal: EEG Wearables and the Fashioning of Instrumental Intimacy”

4:00 PM break

 4:15 PM Panel 4: Altered States and Technology’s Unconscious
Chair: John Thibdeau, Religious Studies, UCSB
Elliott D. Ihm, Psychological and Brain Sciences, UCSB, “Neurocognitive Foundations of Self-Transcendent Experiences:
A Speculative Predictive Coding Account”
Jap-Nanak Makkar, English, University of Virginia, “Libet’s Missing ½ Second, Digital Technology, and Political Critique”
Brianna K. Morseth, Psychological and Brain Sciences, UCSB, “To Forget the Self: Religious, Cultural, and Neuroscientific Dimensions of Ego Death through Contemplative Practice”

5:45 PM reception

 Friday, May 13, 2016

8:30 AM coffee and pastries

 8:45 AM Welcome

 9:00 AM Panel 5: Interdisciplinary Perspectives and Historical Influences
Chair: Allison Shapiro, Psychological and Brain Sciences, UCSB
Louis Caron, History and Religious Studies, UCSB, “Some Observations on the History of Neuroscience, and on Thomas Willis,
the First Neurologist”
D.C. McGuire, Neuroscience Researcher, “Neuroscience Offers Humanity’s Second Chance”
Robert Samuels, Writing Program, UCSB, “Damasio’s Error: The Humanities Between Psychoanalysis and Neuroscience”

10:30 AM break

 10:45 AM Keynote Address: Gabrielle Starr, English, New York University, author of Feeling Beauty
“Pleasure and Form: Chasing Imagination”

12:15 PM lunch

 1:00 PM Panel 6: Memory and the Creation of Consciousness
Chair: Rena Heinrich, Theater and Dance, UCSB
Jacob Burg, English, Brandeis University, “Reading Forgetful Minds: The Social Brain in Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Buried Giant
Rebecca Chenoweth, English, UCSB, “Remembering ‘The Best of England’ from the Periphery of War in The Remains of the Day
Sara Pankenier Weld, Germanic & Slavic Studies, UCSB, “The Birth of Consciousness: Andrei Bely’s Modernist Pseudo-Autobiography”

 3:00 PM Closing remarks

 

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panel: Considering Oliver Sacks

Julie Carlson, English, UCSB: Moderator
Cole Cohen, IHC, UCSB
Aranye Fradenburg, English, UCSB
Dominique Jullien, French and Italian, UCSB
Mark Leffert, M.D., Santa Barbara
Jonathan Schooler, Psychological and Brain Sciences, UCSB
Ann Taves, Religious Studies, UCSB

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 / 3:00 PM
McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB

This panel seeks to celebrate the life and work of Oliver Sacks (1933-2015) – whose best-selling books were exemplary in bridging discourses and describing the life of the brain from a variety of viewpoints – by bringing together a panel of discussants from different disciplines: literature, neuroscience, medicine, religion, and psychoanalysis.

Sponsored by the IHC series The Humanities and the Brain.

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talk: Can Neuroscience Help Us Understand Art?

Alva Noë (Philosophy, UC Berkeley)
Thursday, May 5, 2016 / 4:00 PM
McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB

What is art? Why is it so important? What does it tell us about ourselves? These days it is tempting to look to neuroscience for answers to these questions. But for the most part neuroscience has yielded no insights.  In this talk, Noë tries to explain why this is the case. Rather than use neuroscience to help us to better understand art and its place in our lives, he proposes that art can help us frame a more plausible conception, even a more plausible biological conception, of ourselves.

Alva Noë is a philosopher of mind, whose research and teaching focus on perception and consciousness as well as the theory of art (with special attention to dance as well as visual art). Other interests include phenomenology, Wittgenstein, Kant, and the origins of analytic philosophy, as well as topics in the philosophies of baseball and biology. He is a weekly contributor to National Public Radio’s science blog 13.7: Cosmos and Culture.

Sponsored by the IHC series The Humanities and the Brain and the Center for Spatial Studies.

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talk: The Physiology and Politics of Emotion Metaphors

Laura Otis (English, Emory University)
Thursday, April 28, 2016 / 4:00 PM
McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB

Some emotions are hard to love: spite, self-pity, and hatred among them. Metaphors used to represent these obnoxious urges combine bodily experiences with cultural beliefs. In a tradition stretching from The Pilgrim’s Progress to Who Moved My Cheese?, writers have developed a family of metaphors urging readers to “let go” of these emotions and “move on.” These metaphors play roles not just in literary works like Great Expectations but in scientific discussions of emotions and popular films like Bridesmaids. The political dimension of these metaphors becomes visible as one considers whose feelings they describe. Emotions that seem obstructive to some may feel to others like vital expressions of their humanity.

Since 1986, Laura Otis has been studying and teaching about the ways that scientific and literary thinking coincide and foster each other’s growth. Otis works with British Victorian, Spanish, German, French, and North and South American literature, especially nineteenth-century novels. She is particularly interested in memory, identity formation, and communication technologies and has been a frequent guest scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. In addition to her academic books, Otis has written five yet-to-be-published novels. In 2000, she was awarded a MacArthur fellowship for creativity.

Sponsored by the IHC series The Humanities and the Brain.

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talk: “Representations in the Brain”: Neuroscientific Discourse and the Humanities

Deborah Jenson (Romance Studies, Global Health, Duke University)
Thursday, April 21, 2016 / 4:00 PM
McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB

From the Old Testament injunction “You shall not make to yourselves any graven image, or any likeness of anything” (Exodus 20:4) to Plato’s parable of the brain-like “Cave” into which artificial and distorted reflections of a distant reality are beamed like propaganda onto the retinas of the enchained prisoners, mimesis has often been depicted as a false representation of a phenomenological world that only capriciously and partially channels an original reality. A less defensive Aristotelian approach to the human being as the “mimetic animal” also has age old partisans, including the creative world of imitation charted by Ricoeur as “the kingdom of the as if” (1984, 1:53). In this approach, aesthetic representations such as literary works or images prompt us to test “sensuous and non-sensuous similarity” in our inevitably mediated (re-presented) relationship to the real. In the late twentieth century and the new millennium, however, something dramatically new occurred: it became possible to research questions of mimesis and representation without an external mimetic product such as an opera or a photograph. This talk serves as a guided tour of a few of the ways that neuroscientific research currently challenges us to engage with questions of representation on the level of “biomimesis,” including motor mirroring, developmental imitation, memory content and storage, mind reading, and the brain’s perception of the body. The goal is not to marginalize the traditional objects of humanities study, but to desegregate cultures of mimetic research and application.

Deborah Jenson’s literary history of the Haitian Revolution, Beyond the Slave Narrative: Politics, Sex, and Manuscripts in the Haitian Revolution, was published with Liverpool UP in 2011. A co-edited volume with medical historians Warwick Anderson and Richard E. Keller, Unconscious Dominions: Psychoanalysis, Colonial Trauma, and Global Sovereignties is just out with Duke UP. With Michaeline Crichlow and Pat Northover, the special issue from our 2010 “States of Freedom: Freedom of States” conference in Kingston, Jamaica, will be published soon in The Global South. An article on mirror neurons and literary bio-mimesis with neuropsychiatrist Marco Iacoboni will be out soon in California Italian Studies. The Haiti Humanities Laboratory that she co-directs with Laurent Dubois continues to generate collaborative projects with social and/or instrumental relevance, such as our Haiti: History Embedded in Amber artwork and catalog, and a forthcoming article and digital map on the history of Caribbean cholera in the CDC journal Emerging Infectious Diseases.

Sponsored by the IHC series The Humanities and The Brain.

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screening: Concussion (2015)

dir. Peter Landesman, 123 min.
Q&A with Dr. David A. Hovda, Director of the UCLA Brain Injury Research Center
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 / 7:00 PM
UCSB Pollock Theater

The screening is free but tickets are required.
Visit this page for reservations: http://www.carseywolf.ucsb.edu/pollock.

While conducting an autopsy on former NFL football player Mike Webster (David Morse), forensic pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu (Will Smith) discovers neurological deterioration that is similar to Alzheimer’s disease. Omalu names the disorder “chronic traumatic encephalopathy” and publishes his findings in a medical journal. As other athletes face the same diagnosis, the crusading doctor embarks on a mission to raise public awareness about the dangers of football-related head trauma.

soundcloudClick here to listen to a recording of KCSB’s Erik VanWinkle interview Dr. Hovda.

Sponsored by the IHC series The Humanities and the Brain and the Carsey-Wolf Center.

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symposium: Cognition, Phenomenology, Play

Jaak Panksepp (Professor and Baily Endowed Chair of Animal Well-Being Science, Washington State University )
Kay Young (English, UCSB)
Thursday, April 7, 2016 / 3:00 PM
McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB

In his talk, “Addicted to Emotion: How Affective Neuroscience Sheds Light on the Brain Sources of Consciousness and Our Love of the Arts,” Jaak Panksepp argues that the affective neuroscience understanding of human and other animal brain organization has provided evidence for a diverse set of inborn emotional systems, homologous across mammalian species that have been studied, albeit with interesting variations across individuals and across species (a basis for personality?).  They constitute part of our shared evolutionary heritage, and provide a basic experiential (affective) foundation for the rest of the mind. These systems, arising from ancient regions of the brain, may constitute the basis of consciousness itself. These affectively valenced action/feelings systems provide survival codes for living, and control much of our learning and cognitive decision-making:  Our primal fears teach us to seek safety.  Our playful joy cements friendships through the power of affectively positive companionships. Sexual arousal motivates us to reproduce, and in females this psychic energy, affectively transformed into nurturance, establishes moods for caring for others, especially infants, facilitating establishment of social bonds. All good literature, movies, music ride upon the diverse manifestations of the primal emotional powers of the mind: What could be more compelling? More endlessly fascinating?

We have named these primal emotional foundations of mind
i) SEEKING/Enthusiasm
ii) RAGE/Anger
iii) FEAR/Anxiety
iv) LUST/Passion
v) CARE/Nurturance
vi) PANIC/Grief
vii) PLAY/Joy.
Our work on three of these systems (SEEKING, PANIC and PLAY) has led to three novel anti-depressants for humans.  These powers of the mind also permeate our minds and our arts.  They may be the solid foundation for existence upon which our cognitive consciousness was built.

Jaak Panksepp is a psychologist, a psychobiologist, a neuroscientist, the Baily Endowed Chair of Animal Well-Being Science for the Department of Veterinary and Comparative Anatomy, Pharmacology, and Physiology at Washington State University’s College of  Veterinary Medicine, and Emeritus Professor of the Department of Psychology at Bowling Green State University. Panksepp coined the term “affective neuroscience,” the name for the field that studies the neural mechanisms of emotion. He is known in the popular press for his research on laughter in non-human animals.

Kay Young’s contribution to the symposium is “We Are Our Attachments: Panksepp, Phenomenology, Play and Shakespeare’s Second Acts.” “Rat laughter.”  Who but Jaak Panksepp would think to tickle rats and record the sounds they make in response at a decibel we can hear to help us imagine that some other animal might laugh?  “ ‘If this be magic, let it be an art lawful as eating.’”  And who but Shakespeare would bring back “from the dead” Hermione, wife of King Leontes of The Winter’s Tale to help us imagine a second chance at life and at love and to show us such magic is as real as eating?  In this talk, Kay Young brings Panksepp’s neuroaffective research on the primary process of play and philosopher Dan Zahavi’s work on intersubjective phenomenology to Shakespeare’s genre of Romance to consider how adult play, loss and time bring us to know—we are our attachments.

Kay Young’s central interests include literature and mind; the nineteenth-century English novel; classical Hollywood film; aesthetics; narrative; and comedy. She is author of Ordinary Pleasures: Couples, Conversation and Comedy and Imagining Minds: The Neuro-Aesthetics of Austen, Eliot, and Hardy.

Sponsored by the English Department’s Early Modern Center, the Department of English, the English Department’s Literature and the Mind Specialization and the IHC series The Humanities and the Brain.

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talk: Reading the Brain: Neuro/Science/Fiction

Pierre Cassou-Noguès (Philosophy, University of Paris XIII)
Tuesday, April 5, 2016 / 4:00 PM
McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB

The Belgian writer Jean-Philippe Toussaint recently displayed at the museum Le Louvre in Paris a machine for reading thoughts. It looked like a shower cabin, connected to a TV screen. The subject would sit inside wearing an EEG helmet, and the screen would show the images popping up in her mind while the subject read a novel. Toussaint noted in an interview that people would be able to see what was going on in their minds. But don’t we already know? Don’t we somehow see the images that pop up in our minds, since, precisely, they appear in our minds? But, if so, why do we want to try (as we obviously do) Toussaint’s machine? Referring to various machines for reading thoughts, real or fictitious, Cassou-Noguès will argue that brain reading leads us to a change in our form of life, where thinking receives a new meaning, and various paradoxical situations may arise.

Pierre Cassou-Noguès is Professor in the Philosophy Department of University Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint Denis. He is co-editor of the journal SubStance. His work concerns philosophy in France in the 20th and 21th centuries, and the relationship between science and fiction, Reason and Imagination in Bachelard’s terms. He has recently published Lire le cerveau (Seuil, 2012), Les rêves cybernétiques de Norbert Wiener (Seuil, 2014)

soundcloudClick here to listen to a recording of Cassou-Noguès’ talk for the 2015-16 IHC series The Humanities and the Brain.

Sponsored by the IHC series Humanities and the Brain.

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staged reading: “A” Train

A LAUNCH PAD reading of a new play
Written by Annie Torsiglieri (Theater and Dance, UCSB)
Directed by Risa Brainin (Theater and Dance, UCSB)
Saturday, March 12, 2016 / 7:30 PM
Studio Theater, UCSB
FREE

When Amy learns that one of her young twins is autistic, she feels like her life is falling apart. She plunges into the world of autism, trying to piece together a new reality from the countless people she meets: parents, educators, teachers and especially other autistic individuals. Abounding with puppetry, song, irreverent humor and verbatim interviews, the world of the play is part oral history project, part magical journey into the heartbeat of a different way of being. Five actors play multiple roles in this adventurous exploration of what it is to be human.  In the process Amy is changed forever, learning to see the world, her son and the very nature of happiness with clearer eyes.

Cast: Jeffrey Doornbos, Jenny Mercein, Sarah Thomas, Roberto Tolentino and Anne Torsiglieri
Composer: Brad Carroll
Musical director/accompanist: Kacey Link

Anne Torsiglieri has been seen on Broadway in Top Girls, Parade, Blood Brothers and Miss Saigon as well as in the National Tour of Les Misérables as Fantine. Off-Broadway and regionally she’s performed at Manhattan Theatre Club, Second Stage, Playwrights Horizons, Ensemble Studio Theatre, NY Stage and Film, Williamstown Theatre Festival, McCarter Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage, The Huntington, The Eugene O’Neill Theatre Festival, Sundance Theatre Lab, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Cleveland Playhouse and others. She is the recipient of Drama Logue and Garland Awards for her performance as Catherine Sloper in The Heiress (Berkeley Rep) and the New Hampshire Theatre Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance as the titular role in The Drowsy Chaperone (New London Barn Playhouse). She has written several short plays for The 52nd St. Project in NYC. Anne is an Associate Professor in the Dept. of Theater and Dance at UCSB. She is a graduate of Princeton University and the Juilliard School.

Sponsored by the Department of Theater and Dance’s LAUNCH PAD program, and the IHC series The Humanities and the Brain. The development of “A” Train was supported by the Hellman Family Fund, the UC Regents and the UCSB Academic Senate.

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talk: Creativity in Dementia

Bruce L. Miller (Memory and Aging Center, UC San Francisco)
Thursday, March 3, 2016 / 4:00 PM
McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB

While many physical and mental conditions decline with time, creativity is one characteristic that has been observed to improve, both in healthy elders and people with neurodegenerative disease. In this talk, Miller will address the way that art made by people with brain disease or damage often provides insight into brain anatomy and function. For instance, patients who lose their ability to express themselves with words may develop abilities to express themselves with pictures; the artistic choices they make reflect their changed understanding of the world.

Bruce L. Miller is a behavioral neurologist who focuses on dementia, with special interests in brain and behavior relationships as well as the genetic and molecular underpinnings of disease. His work in frontotemporal dementia (FTD) emphasizes both the behavioral and emotional deficits that characterize these patients, while simultaneously noting the visual creativity that can emerge in the setting of FTD. He is the principal investigator of the NIH-sponsored Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) and of a program project on FTD called “Frontotemporal Dementia: Genes, Imaging and Emotions.” He oversees a healthy aging program, which includes an artist in residence program. In addition, he helps lead two philanthropy-funded research consortia: the Tau Consortium and the Consortium for Frontotemporal Research, which focus on developing treatments for tau and progranulin disorders, respectively. He works with the National Football League to help with the education and assessment of players related to brain health.

soundcloudClick here to listen to a recording of Bruce Miller’s talk for the IHC series The Humanities and the Brain.

Sponsored by the IHC series The Humanities and the Brain.

 

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Screening and talk: Your Brain, My Mind: Memory, Language and Perception in Artists’ Video

Laurel Beckman (Art, UCSB)
Maya Gurantz (Visiting Lecturer, Art, UCSB)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 / 4:00 PM
McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB

Inherent in video art is the uncanny ability to manifest and express the unseen and partially known. Nowhere is this more apparent than in video works that explore functions we attribute to the brain, particularly memory, language and perception. Manipulation of key aspects of the moving image – point of view (physical, mental, and emotional subjectivity), time, visual and sonic fields, combined with the dynamics and mobility of viewership, add up to nothing less than the exposition of what it means to be sentient.

Promiscuously embracing convention and experimentation, narrative and abstraction, spectacle and intimacy, video is ubiquitous; and in the hands of artists, still a frontier. Featuring an evocative selection of artists’ video works, this screening & talk address the theme with criticality, humor, and poignancy.

 Laurel Beckman’s practice involves working primarily with digital media in public spaces and in experimental video-animations. Her projects, thematically at the nexus of consciousness + social conditions, meta-physics + science; highlight perception, public display, stage/screen space, the built and imagined environment, and affect. Beckman’s commissioned and un-commissioned public art projects are often situated in commercial and unusual environments. Her video-animation work is frequently created for and exhibited on public screens, such as public transit, billboards, and recently at gas stations. A short list of her exhibitions, public projects and notable screenings include those in Turkey, Switzerland, Toronto, Los Angeles, New York, New Orleans, India, Berlin, Pittsburgh, Macau, San Francisco, Palestine, Louisiana, and Virginia.

 Maya Gurantz uses video, performance, and installation to interrogate how constructions of gender, race, class and progress operate in American communities, shared myths, public rituals and private desires; in so doing, she dissects the contradictions embedded in performances of power.  Formally, Gurantz draws on her extensive background in movement-based theater and dance, as well as historical vernacular forms of manipulating sensation.  Most recently, her work has been shown by the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, High Desert Test Sites, Autonomie Gallery,  Gurantz is artist working in video, movement and performance, installation and community-generated projects. She has created new works in New York, rural Mississippi, San Diego, the SF Bay Area, and most recently, LA. Her company, Temescal Labs, has been recognized as one of most original performance companies in the Bay Area and has received grants and awards from the NEA, CCI, Zellerbach Family Foundation, Theater Bay Area, the Puffin Foundation, and the Bay Area Critics Circle. Gurantz has a B.A. from Yale and an M.F.A. in Studio Art from UC Irvine.

Click here to download the URL list from Laurel Beckman and Maya Gurantz’s talk.

Sponsored by the IHC series The Humanities and the Brain.

soundcloudClick here to listen to a recording of Laurel and Maya’s talk for the IHC series The Humanities and the Brain.

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talk: The Natural and the Supernatural in the Scientific Study of Meditation and the Cognitive Science of Religion

John D. Dunne (Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Thursday, February 18, 2016 / 4:00 PM
McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB

Over the last two decades, some of the most influential scientific studies of meditation have examined practices derived from Buddhism, and the success of these studies — as expressed in impact factors, citation rates, and grant funding — likely rests in part on their capacity to articulate “meditation” in a fashion that remains strictly naturalistic. During the same period, however, the cognitive science of religion (CSR) has routinely deployed the category of the “supernatural” as essential to anything that we can properly call “religion.” From the CSR perspective, one might conclude that the naturalistic rhetoric found in scientific studies simply reflects the ongoing modernist strategy of formulating a “scientific Buddhism” that is not a “religion.” While illuminating, this interpretation nevertheless leaves in place the highly problematic notion of the “supernatural” itself, especially as the marker of “religion.”  This talk explores the aligned oppositions of natural/supernatural and science/religion within both the science of meditation and the Cognitive Science of Religion. Drawing on the critique offered long ago by Emile Durkheim, it shows how the rhetoric of both contexts remains largely blind to the modernist assumptions inherent in the concept of the “supernatural.”

Sponsored by the IHC’s Idee Levitan Endowment and the IHC series The Humanities and the Brain.

soundcloudClick here to listen to a recording of John Dunne’s talk for the 2015-16 IHC series The Humanities and the Brain

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talk: Embodying Mind: The Case of the Sigh

Aranye Fradenburg (English, UCSB)
Thursday, February 11, 2016 / 4:00 PM
McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB

Fradenburg will discuss the importance of expression and interpretation — of embodied meaning-making — in autopoietic activity generally, and will focus on the particular example of the sigh as a form of respiratory expressivity that recruits a number of different brain functions in order to criss-cross the borders between “psyche” and “soma.” Various functions of the sigh are explored, including its timing and significance in psychoanalytic sessions, in respiratory therapy, and in poetry.

Aranye Fradenburg’s particular interests are psychoanalytic theory and practice, interdisciplinary study of the mind and the environment, biopoetics, and English and Scottish medieval literature.  She is the author of City, Marriage, Tournament: Arts of Rule in Late Medieval Scotland; Sacrifice Your Love: Psychoanalysis, Historicism, Chaucer; Staying Alive:  A Survival Manual for the Liberal Arts and many articles on a variety of topics from medieval literature to cognitive literary studies and psychoanalytic technique.   She has edited two essay collections, Women and Sovereignty and, with Carla Freccero, Premodern Sexualities.

Sponsored by the IHC series The Humanities and the Brain.

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talk: Brains, Brawn and Bravery: The Power of Professional Networks among late Nineteenth Century Women Physicians

Gesa Kirsch (English, Bentley University, IHC Visiting Scholar)
Thursday, February 4, 2016 / 4:00 PM
McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB

In this talk, Gesa Kirsch will examine how the brain has been socially constructed as both metaphor and anatomy in medical history. Specifically, she investigates the ways in which late nineteenth century women physicians responded to the formidable challenges they faced. Despite growing numbers of women in the profession, many medical schools did not accept women, opportunities to train as interns were restricted, and most women had to justify their career choices in terms of propriety, morality, intelligence, physical endurance, and character. Against this backdrop, medical women created and maintained professional networks that enabled their intervention in arenas of society that were often restricted, such as public spaces and professional practice.

Drawing on the rarely examined Woman’s Medical Journal (WMJ), Kirsch traces an early network of women physicians who deliberately showcased their brainpower, brawn and bravery. Publishing a wide variety of editorials, notices, and announcements alongside articles on the latest medical research, the editors of the WMJ fostered social and professional networks that enabled these women to educate, mentor, and inspire each other. She argues that the “miscellany” sections of the WMJ are particularly significant—but overlooked—because they reveal how information, resources, and knowledge circulated: they include opportunities for fellowships, medical training, and admission to medical schools; announcements of vacation leaves, office relocations, and obituaries; biographical sketches of successful women physicians; and listings of male physicians with a history of either supporting or denigrating medical women. She concludes by arguing that we can best understand the rhetorical practices and professional performance of early women physicians by examining how their work circulated across time, generations, and geographical regions, evidence of which remains today in public policy, advocacy work, and professional organizations.

Gesa E. Kirsch is professor of English at Bentley University and Director of the Jeanne and Dan Valente Center for Arts and Sciences. She was named the Jeannette K. Watson Distinguished Professor in the Humanities at Syracuse University for 2015. She won the 2014 Winifred Bryan Horner Outstanding Book Award for Feminist Rhetorical Practices: New Horizons for Rhetoric, Composition and Literacy Studies (co-authored with Jacqueline Jones Royster), and the 2013 Excellence in Scholarship Award from Bentley University. She has held visiting professorships at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, the University of New Hampshire, and the University of Orgeon. Kirsch co-founded and co-directed the Women’s Leadership Institute (now the Center for Women and Business) at Bentley University. Her research and teaching interests include feminist rhetorical studies; ethics and qualitative research methodology; archival research and methodology; women’s rhetorical education, past and present, feminist pedagogy, and environmental rhetoric.

Sponsored by the IHC series The Humanities and the Brain.

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panel: Interdisciplinary Dialogues: The Humanities and the Neurosciences

Moderator: John Hajda (Associate Director, SAGE Center)
Participants: Julie Carlson (English, UCSB)
Scott Grafton (Psychological and Brain Sciences, UCSB)
Kenneth Kosik (Neuroscience Research Institute, UCSB)
Thursday, January 28, 2016 / 4:00 PM
McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB

Please join UCSB faculty members in dialogue about their current work, which is commonly situated on the cusp of the humanities and the neurosciences.  In addition to discussing their specific projects, the panelists will consider the methodological and institutional challenges they encounter when enlisting multiple disciplines to pursue their research goals, and they will offer reflections on the impetus for their interdisciplinary approach. Julie Carlson will address her work on British Romantic and contemporary neuroscientific and psychoanalytic accounts of creativity. Scott Grafton will discuss embodied cognition: the intelligence of complex action. This intelligence is celebrated in dance, music, painting and other arts requiring high competency in specific physical skills. In his contribution to this panel, neuroscientist Ken Kosik will address the importance of the humanities for a deep understanding and conduct of science.  Audience members will be encouraged to take part in the conversation.

Sponsored by the SAGE Center for the Study of the Mind and the IHC series The Humanities and the Brain.

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screening: Still Alice (2014, 101 min.)

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 / 7:00 PM
Panelists will include:
Donna Beal (MPH, MCHES, Vice President of Program Services and Advocacy, Alzheimer’s Association California Central Chapter)
Patricia Cline Cohen (History, UCSB)
Kenneth Kosik (Neuroscience Research Institute, UCSB)
Gwen Morse (Ph.D., R.N.)
Moderator: Laury Oaks (Feminist Studies, UCSB)
UCSB Pollock Theater
The screening is free but tickets are required.
Visit this page for reservations: http://www.carseywolf.ucsb.edu/pollock.

Still Alice is the story of Dr. Alice Howland (Julianne Moore), a renowned linguistics professor at Columbia University. When words begin to escape her and she starts becoming lost on her daily jogs, Alice must come face-to-face with a devastating diagnosis: early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. As the once-vibrant woman struggles to hang on to her sense of self for as long as possible, Alice’s three grown children must watch helplessly as their mother disappears more and more with each passing day.  Following the screening, panelists will provide brief comments and answer questions about the medical, cultural, and familial aspects of Alzheimer’s and other memory loss conditions.

Sponsored by the IHC series The Humanities and the Brain, the Carsey-Wolf Center and the IHC’s UC-Santa Barbara Health, Medicine and Care Working Group (UC-SBHMCWG).

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talk: Blurring Boundaries: Interlacing Evolution, Epigenetics, Creativity and Diversity in Understanding the Human

Agustin Fuentes (Anthropology, Notre Dame)
Thursday, January 21, 2106 / 4:00 PM
McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB

Human evolutionary history is ongoing, human creativity is expanding, and human populations continue to grow. Getting a handle on “the human” in the Anthropocene is no easy matter. Inter, or even trans-disciplinary approaches are necessary, and crossing boundaries, ideologies and perspectives is more urgent than ever. But the dialogues needed to best engage these themes, especially those across the presumed humanities-sciences divide, have not caught up. These are not easy undertakings—where does one start? Fuentes suggests that the interface of contemporary evolutionary theory, emerging data on physiological and epigenetic systems, and human social complexity is a good place to begin. We are in a time of radical expansion in our theoretical and methodological tool kits in regards to understanding the processes and patterns of evolutionary change in bodies and behavior. Simultaneously, we are immersed in amazingly rich dialogues about the human across the social sciences and the humanities. Linking these emerging trends offers insight and a potentially fruitful landscape for discourse and advancement. In this talk, Fuentes will summarize what he sees as core information for this endeavor and, via examples, offer a few possibilities for interfaces that might help us better assess and understand the moving target that is the human.

Agustín Fuentes’ current foci include cooperation and bonding in human evolution, ethnoprimatology and multispecies anthropology, evolutionary theory, and public perceptions of, and interdisciplinary approaches to, human nature(s).  Fuentes’ recent books include Evolution of Human Behavior (Oxford University Press), Centralizing Fieldwork: Critical Perspectives from Primatology, Biological and Social Anthropology (Co-edited, Berghahn Press), Biological Anthropology: Concepts and Connections (McGraw-Hill), Monkeys on the Edge: Ecology and Management of Long-Tailed Macaques and their Interface with Humans (co-edited, Oxford University Press), and the forthcoming Race, Monogamy, and Other Lies They Told You: Busting Myths about Human Nature (UC Press). Key recent articles include “Naturecultural Encounters in Bali: Monkeys, Temples, Tourists, and Ethnoprimatology” in Cultural Anthropology and “The New Biological Anthropology: Bringing Washburn’s New Physical Anthropology into 2010 and Beyond” in The Yearbook of Physical Anthropology. Current research projects include the ethnoprimatology of Singapore, interdisciplinary approaches to understanding human nature(s), and an evaluation of the roles of cooperation, community, and niche construction in human evolution.

Sponsored by the IHC series The Humanities and the Brain.

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talk: Listening and the Semiosphere: How Our Individual Brains Build Shared Worlds

Seth Horowitz  (The Listening Program)
Thursday, January 14, 2016 / 4:00 PM
McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB

We build the world from our senses. We see color and form, hear sound and vibration, feel temperature and texture, each sense taking a specific form of energy to create pieces of an ever streaming perceptual puzzle.   Our perceptions create our reality, our own personal psychophysical map of the world. But the map is not the territory.

We use complex neural behaviors like attention to filter and focus this map, turning seeing into looking and hearing into listening. We constantly try to validate our version of reality by comparing it to our memories and others’ perceptions, seeking a consensus. But sensory errors, interpersonal differences in perception, the endemic fuzziness of biological senses, psychological processes and interpersonal communication create gaps in reality, letting us see faces in rocks, hear a phantom cell phone ringing in the noise of a shower, “remember” an childhood event that probably never happened. And while we may think of our innate perceptual limitations as problems, these gaps between what we perceive and what exists in the world outside our head give rise to everything from illusion to art, from sound art to music, transforming the physics of the external world into the meaningful stories that drive the human mind.

Seth Horowitz is a neuroscientist whose work in comparative and human hearing, balance and sleep research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and NASA.

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talk: The Neuroscience of Aesthetics and Art

Anjan Chatterjee (Neuroscience, University of Pennsylvania)
Thursday, November 19, 2015 / 4:00 PM
McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB

What can neuroscience possibly tell us about aesthetics and art? In this talk, Anjan Chatterjee will offer a framework from which a neuroscientist might deconstruct aesthetic experiences. Chatterjee will discuss findings from neurology and cognitive neuroscience that reveal neural structures and networks engaged when we respond to beauty and react to art. Finally, informed by our understanding of the neural underpinnings of art, he will speculate about its evolution. Previous debates about whether art-making and appreciation represent an instinct or an epiphenomenon of other evolved capacities are probably not well-framed. His talk offers a third way to think about why we are now – and perhaps have always been – surrounded by these mysterious objects that we call art.

Anjan Chatterjee is the Frank A. and Gladys H. Elliott Professor and Chair of Neurology at Pennsylvania Hospital. He is a member of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, and the Center for Neuroscience and Society at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his BA in Philosophy from Haverford College and his MD from the University of Pennsylvania; he completed his neurology residency at the University of Chicago. His clinical practice focuses on patients with cognitive disorders. His research addresses questions about spatial cognition and language, attention, neuroethics, and neuroaesthetics. He is the author of The Aesthetic Brain: How We Evolved to Desire Beauty and Enjoy Art and co-editor of Neuroethics in Practice: Mind, Medicine, and Society, and The Roots of Cognitive Neuroscience: Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychology.

He was awarded the 2002 Norman Geschwind Prize in Behavioral and Cognitive Neurology by the American Academy of Neurology. He is a founding member of the Board of Governors of the Neuroethics Society, the President of the International Association of Empirical Aesthetics, and the President of the Behavioral and Cognitive Neurology Society. He serves on the Boards of Haverford College, the Associated Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and Universal Promise and is on the Advisory Board of Cognitive Dynamics.

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talk: Nature Spends the Past Few Million Years Experimenting with a Prosocial Brain

Kenneth S. Kosik (The Neuroscience Research Institute, UCSB)
Thursday, November 12, 2015 / 4:00 PM
McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB

Human interactions are finely calibrated and many of these interactions are prosocial, that is a social behavior that benefits other individuals or a larger group. The repertoire of prosocial behaviors is vast: How much eye contact we make, how much affection we show, how much concern we feel for the plights of others, what we reveal to others and what we don’t.  In a sense, the motivation for language itself is a prosocial activity. Among humans the degree to which we utilize these social tools is highly variable. At the extremes of the social behavior spectrum are clusters of neurological conditions caused by highly specific mutations. At one end of the spectrum are the autistics and savants; at the other end is a condition called Williams syndrome in which affected individuals are hyper-social and despite cognitive impairment have remarkably preserved language ability. Some neurodegenerative disorders such as fronto-temporal dementia selectively affect prosocial behavior. Knowledge of a genetic mutation in some of these cases tells us the root cause. Because genes have changed very little among primates, this genetic hook allows us to track genes related to social behavior through evolution and perhaps gather insights regarding the emergence of our particularly prosocial lifestyle relative to other primates.

Kenneth S. Kosik completed a B.A. and M.A. in English literature from Case Western Reserve University in 1972 and an M.D. from the Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1976. He served as a resident in neurology at Tufts New England Medical Center and was Chief Resident there in 1980. Beginning in 1980 he held a series of academic appointments at the Harvard Medical School and achieved the rank of full professor there in 1996. He also held appointments at McLean Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the Massachusetts General Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. In 2004, Kosik became the Harriman Professor of Neuroscience Research and Co-Director of the Neuroscience Research Institute at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He founded and serves as Medical Director of the non-profit center, Cottage Center for Brain Fitness (CCBF).

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Sponsored by the IHC series The Humanities and the Brain.

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screening: Marwencol (2010, 83 min.)

Q&A with director Jeff Malmberg
Wednesday, November 4, 2015 / 7:00 PM
UCSB Pollock Theater
The screening is free but tickets are required. Visit this page for reservations:
http://www.carseywolf.ucsb.edu/pollock

Marwencol is a feature documentary about the fantasy world of Mark Hogancamp.  A violent attack outside a Kingston, NY bar in April of 2000 left Hogancamp suspended in a coma for nine days. When he awoke, he was unable to read, walk, eat, write, or recall anything of his adult life previous to the attack. As his state-sponsored treatment dwindled, leaving Hogancamp to cope on his own, he began to create his own new world. His backyard became the land of Marwencol, a World War II era town that he populated with the tiny doll alter egos of friends, family, and his attackers.  There, he staged and photographed epic military battles and re-enacted memories from his past. When his photos are chosen for a solo exhibit at a New York gallery, Hogancamp suddenly and unexpectedly becomes a professional artist and the ambassador of his imagined world.  After the screening, director Jeff Malmberg will be available to discuss this fascinating film.

Marwencol was the recipient of over 25 awards, including two Independent Spirit Awards, Best Documentary of the Year from the Boston Society of Film Critics, and the Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary at the South by Southwest Film Festival.

Click here to view the Q&A with director, Jeff Malmberg, for the 2015-16 IHC series The Humanities and the Brain.

Sponsored by the IHC series The Humanities and the Brain, and the Carsey-Wolf Center.

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talk: Conditions of the Brain: Meaning, Metaphor, and Mechanism in Illness and Healing

Rebecca Seligman (Anthropology, Northwestern University)
Thursday, October 22, 2015 / 4:00 PM
McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB

Increasing evidence suggests the importance of meaning in conditioning bodily experiences and outcomes. This talk will explore the relationship between meaning and the body, with particular focus on the neurobiological and cultural mechanisms that mediate this relationship. Seligman explores the role of meaning and metaphor in illness and healing specifically, using the case of religious healing to illustrate how states of health and illness may be conditioned by interacting qualities and processes of mind, body, and brain.

Rebecca Seligman is associate professor in the Department of Anthropology and faculty fellow at the Institute for Policy research at Northwestern University. Her work explores the intersections of mental and physical health in social and cultural context, with an emphasis on the mechanisms through which cultural, social, and political-economic forces become embodied. Seligman also incorporates and critically evaluates relevant neurobiological research in these areas as a means to better understand how cultural beliefs and practices operate within bodies. Her book, Possessing Spirits and Healing Selves: Embodiment and Transformation in an Afro-Brazilian Religion, investigates the connections among mental health, embodied experience, and religious participation in northeastern Brazil.

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Inaugural lecture: Ecstasy: Linking the Humanities and the Brain

Ann Taves (Religious Studies, UCSB)
Thursday, October 15, 2015 / 4:00 PM
McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB

Ecstasy, an experience that is widely discussed in the humanities and sought after in the general culture, illuminates many of the difficulties involved in linking research in the humanities with research in the social, psychological and neurosciences.  In order to link these approaches, which employ different methods to study human experience at different levels, we need to identify features that are often associated with, but do not uniquely specify, ecstasy at the cultural level (studied by humanists) and specify these features in precise enough terms that they can be studied sociologically, psychologically, and neurologically.  The lecture will draw on humanistic approaches to examine the range of experiences that people have characterized as ecstatic and the meanings that people have found in and drawn from them and on the psychological and brain sciences to help understand the underlying mechanisms involved.

Ann Taves is a former President of the American Academy of Religion. She holds the chair of Catholic Studies at the university. Taves is especially known for her work Religious Experience Reconsidered, stressing the importance of the findings and theoretical foundations of cognitive science for modern religionists.

Empirically, she pursues research primarily within the contexts of American religious history, the history of Christianity in the modern era, and the history of the scientific study of religion, psychology, and related phenomena (e.g., psychical phenomena, magic, superstition).  Theoretically, her work builds on classical theorists, such as Durkheim and Weber, as well as evolutionary and developmental approaches to the study of human behavior.

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IHC Open House

Thursday, October 8, 2015 / 4:00 – 6:00 PM
McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB

Please join us for the IHC’s annual Open House. Meet new faculty, fellows and staff. Learn about the IHC’s programming series for this academic year: The Humanities and the Brain. Find out about collaborative research programs and funding opportunities. Enjoy good food, wine and conversation.

Sponsored by the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts and the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center.

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