Page Auditorium, Duke campusIf I were offered a chance to converse with any great mind on the planet, I would choose Oliver Sacks. Hearing him speak at Duke will be the next best thing. This British-born physician, now professor of clinical neurology and clinical psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center, is not only a scientist, but one of the great humanists of our time. Widely known for his “Neurologist’s Notebook” essays in The New Yorker, he is the author of many fascinating books describing and meditating on the human condition, and in which he marvels at the wholeness of mind and braineven when they may appear to be “broken.” (Sacks’ most recent book, Musicophilia, has recently been reissued in a revised and expanded paperback edition.) Sacks will present the Weaver Lecture, “Music, Healing and the Brain,” co-sponsored by Duke Libraries and Duke Institute for Brain Sciences, in Page Auditorium tonight at 6 p.m. The hour-long lecture is free and open to the public, but the usual parking aggravations apply. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.dibs.duke.edu.
Sacks’ lecture forms an introduction to the Nov. 13 symposium on “Music and the Brain,” organized by the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences, to be held in Bryan Research Building. To find out if there is still space for this free, daylong series of talks by scholars, panel discussions and demonstrations by the Ciompi Quartet, contact email@example.com, or call 684-3422.
Sacks will also speak on “Creativity and the Brain” at UNC’s Friday Center at 7 p.m. on Nov. 13 as part of a National Humanities Center program. That event is filled; to get on the waiting list, call 549-0661, ext. 110. Kate Dobbs Ariail
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