Keynote Speaker

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Dr. Oliver Sacks
The Mysteries of the Human Brain
March 9, 2006

In recent decades, the traditional idea of a self, a mind, or a soul has been challenged by developments in neuroscience. According to neuroscience proponents, the mind is nothing more than the activity of the brain understood in terms of its information-processing activities. But what does it mean to equate moods, emotions, thoughts, and convictions with the mechanical activity of neurons in specific regions of the brain? What does such an equation have to say about the latitude for and definition of human self-determination, creativity, and freedom? Is there a significant difference between the female and male brain? What is the relationship between the psychical and the physical? Join us in exploring these questions further by participating in our day-long symposium on creativity and the brain.

Luncheon Speaker

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Dr. James Zull
Professor of Biology, Case Western Reserve University
Author of The Art of Changing the Brain: Enriching Teaching by Exploring the Biology of Learning

Combining expert knowledge of brain imaging studies and learning theory, The Art of Changing the Brain provides an accessible discussion of the biology of learning. Dr. Zull founded Case Western's University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) and was its director for ten years. Dr. Zull's work with UCITE and experience as a biochemistry researcher led him to explore the field of brain science and human learning. He invites teachers in higher education or any other setting to accompany him in his exploration of what scientists can tell us about the brain and to discover how this knowledge can influence the practice of teaching.