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March 11, 2018 9:30 AM – 4:15 PM

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9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Music and the Brain

Aniruddh Patel / Tufts University

Charles Darwin regarded music as an evolutionary mystery. It is universal and ancient in human culture, but serves no obvious biological function. Recent decades have witnessed a rise of empirical research on the biological foundations of music, leading to findings which help illuminate music's evolutionary origins and its significance in human life.

In this lecture, Professor Aniruddh Patel of Tufts University and author of Music, Language, and the Brain will discuss a wide variety of research studies bearing on the evolution and biological power of music. These will include studies of how music is processed by other species, and studies of how active engagement with music enhances brain function in children and adults, including both neurologically normal individuals and those with brain disorders.

Aniruddh Patel / Tufts University
Aniruddh Patel is a Professor of Psychology at Tufts University. His work focuses on music cognition: the mental processes involved in making, perceiving, and responding to music. He is the author of, "Music, Language, and the Brain." Dr. Patel has served as President for the Society for Music Perception and Cognition (2009-2011) and received the 2009 Music has Power Award from the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function in New York City.

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Race in America: Past, Present, and Future

Christina Greer / Fordham University

In this lecture, Professor Greer will encourage participants to solidify and define their current and historical understanding of race and ethnicity in relation to group identity in the U.S., incorporation of immigrants over time, and the overall political climate in America today. The class will dissect the interplay between race and ethnicity and look at how these dual identities affect participation and policy attitudes. Observing local, state, and national races over time, Prof. Greer takes students through the gains and losses of Black political inclusion.

In addition, we'll discuss feelings toward the American Dream in 2018 and beyond. Specifically, we'll consider the promise of economic, political, and social advancement, regardless of race or other circumstances. In the Q & A portion of the presentation, we will talk about the current political and racial climate in Washington D.C. and across the United States. We will discuss whether preservation of an ethnic identity is an essential element in better achieving representation, policy stances, and political participation as a pathway to success in our country now.

Christina Greer / Fordham University
Christina Greer is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Fordham University. Her book "Black Ethnics: Race, Immigration, and the Pursuit of the American Dream," was the recipient of the WEB du Bois Best Book Award. She was also voted City & State's 2014 Top 40 Under 40 Rising Stars. Professor Greer is a frequent political commentator on several media outlets, primarily MSNBC and NY1, and is often quoted in media outlets such as the NYTimes, Wall Street Journal, Newsday, and the AP.

12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
Lunch Break

1 hour and 15 minute / Lunch Break

Students will have a 1 hour and 15 minute lunch break.

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
Abraham Lincoln vs. The Press: Fake News and Worse, 150 Years Ago

Harold Holzer / Hunter College

This class will cover the full development of the early, pre-war Lincoln, but will strike an original chord by emphasizing what historians have long neglected: the importance of the press to politicians, readers, and voters throughout the nation during the volatile antebellum Lincoln era.

Harold Holzer / Hunter College
Harold Holzer is the winner of The 2015 Gilder-Lehrman Lincoln Prize, and one of the country's leading authorities on Abraham Lincoln and the political culture of the Civil War era. A prolific writer and lecturer, and frequent guest on television, Holzer serves as Chairman of The Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation, to which he was appointed by President Clinton in 2000, and co-chaired from 2001-2010. President Bush, in turn, awarded Holzer the National Humanities Medal in 2008. And in 2013, Holzer wrote an essay on Lincoln for the official program at the re-inauguration of President Barack Obama.

3:00 PM - 4:15 PM
How "Aha!" Really Happens: Intuition and the Creative Spark

William Duggan / Columbia Business School

Modern science now understands how creative ideas happen in the human brain. And by learning how it works, you can learn to do it better. In fact, 99% of creative methods in use today around the world use the old -- and wrong -- model of how the brain works. When you ask creative people how they did something, they often feel a bit guilty, because they don't generally perceive they really did anything. It just happened!

Creativity isn't something only scientists and artists enjoy; in fact, all of us use our creative brains every day at home, work and play. Each of us has the ability to increase our mental functioning and creativity, and this session will show you how.

William Duggan / Columbia Business School
William Duggan teaches innovation in three venues at Columbia Business School: MBA and Executive MBA courses, and Executive Education sessions.. He is the author of three recent books on innovation: "Strategic Intuition: The Creative Spark in Human Achievement," "Creative Strategy: A Guide for Innovation," and "The Seventh Sense: How Flashes of Insight Change Your Life." In 2007 the journal Strategy+Business named "Strategic Intuition" the Best Strategy Book of the Year. He has twenty years of experience as a strategy advisor and consultant. In 2014, Professor Duggan won the Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence. He has given talks and workshops on innovation to thousands of executives from companies in countries around the world.

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