2014/2015 Lecture Series

The 2014–2015 Lecture Series is generously sponsored by Jane P. Watkins.

Tim Egan: October 2, 2014
Sponsors: Judith and Richard Smooke
Will Shortz: January 13, 2015
Ethan Russell: January 22, 2015
Shankar Vedantam: February 5, 2015
Sponsors: Jeanne Meyers and Richard Carr
Ann Patchett: March 5, 2015
Sponsors: Katherine A. Abelson and Robert J. Cornell, with support from Marcia and Don Liebich

2014/2015 Lecture Series Tickets are available. Click here to learn more.

Browse our upcoming lectures below.

Upcoming Lectures

Will Shortz

Tuesday, January 13, 6:30 pm

Puzzle master for NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday, the crossword editor of the New York Times, and the founder and director of the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament. Shortz will engage the audience in a fun, informative and brain stimulating lecture that will address how puzzles are created, the curious his...

Ethan Russell Lecture and Slideshow

Thursday, January 22, 6:30 pm

Author of the memoir Ethan Russell: An American Story and rock photographer of the Rolling Stones, the Beatles and the Who. He will share compelling behind-the-scenes stories, illustrated with original photographs and music from his experience with these Rock & Roll greats. Part of The Center's 2014-20...

Shankar Vedantam

Thursday, February 5, 6:30 pm

NPR social science correspondent and author of "The Hidden Brain", Vedantam speaks nationwide about the link between science and human behavior. With expertise and insight he explores the role of our unconscious mind in dictating many of our deeply rooted feelings, prejudices, biases and expressions. Part ...

FREE Brown Bag Lunch Lecture: Impacts on Academic Learning with Dr. Anne Clohessy

Tuesday, February 10, 12:00 pm

Join Dr. Anne Clohessy, Clinical Director of the Lee Pesky Learning Center, as she shares how we process information and what can affect student academic performance. Anne B. Clohessy, PhD is a licensed psychologist who has worked in the field of learning disabilities for over 15 years. She earned her doctora...

FREE Panel Discussion: What Affects How Our Brain Works?

Tuesday, February 24, 6:30 pm

The brain is complex. How does this vital organ operate? Join four health professionals from our community as they discuss the impact of relationships, aging, lifestyle choices, illness and trauma on the brain. Panelists include Karin Lindholm, MD, neurologist; Tim Stoddard, MD, psychiatrist; Eryn Michaud, Ph...

Ann Patchett

Thursday, March 5, 6:30 pm

A celebrated writer and the owner of Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tennessee, Ann Patchett is a champion of literary culture. In this presentation hear from the author who is described as "a woman of wisdom, determination, generosity and courage" by her friend and novelist Elizabeth Gilbert. Patchett is the a...

FREE LECTURE: Flex Your Cortex: Seven Secrets to Turbocharge Your Brain with Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman

Thursday, April 2, 6:30 pm

Why is there a stigma associated with our brain's health? Consider that the brain is the most powerful, most staggeringly complex electro-biochemical machine ever created.  Above and behind our eyes are 100 billion neurons in a small calcium shell, laced with organic pumps, channels and switches. Until recen...

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