[Hum_events] Calendar Events (3): CMCS Event; Classics Event;
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--> Antonio Damasio, "Emotion, Social Behavior, and Spinoza: The Brain
--> Lecture by Erica Jong entitled "From Fear of Flying to Sappho's
Leap: Fiction, Scholarship and Gender"
--> *UCLA Powell Music Concerts in the Rotunda*
Antonio Damasio, "Emotion, Social Behavior, and Spinoza: The Brain Perspective"
In: California Room, Faculty Center
5:00pm - Reception
6:00pm - Lecture
Dr. Damasio will discuss new advances concerning the brain
basis of emotion and decision-making. These developments
in neuroscience have a profound impact on our conventional
ideas about free will, responsibility and the learning of
social norms. In pioneering studies of patients with
focal brain damage, Damasio has shown that reason and
emotions are tightly linked in day-to-day decision-making,
and that the emotions reflect patterns of changes in body
state. Patients whose brain damage destroys the link
between emotion and reason show impaired rationality.
Infants that suffer such damage show reduced capacity to
internalize social norms. Damasio has pursued the
hypothesis that our sense of self is rooted in body
representations, and has shown that self-regulating
functions can be impaired by damage in specific brain
Damasios work on the study of the workings of the brain
has had a major impact in the ongoing research on the
brain and human behavior. His book, "Descartes Error:
Emotion, Reason and the Human Brain", has become a classic
discussion of the intertwining of reason and emotion and
one of the most penetrating criticisms of the Cartesian
legacy that postulated the separate functioning of the
two. His second major book, "The Feeling of What
Happens: Body and Emotion in the Making of
Consciousness", has also been acknowledged as a major
contribution to our understanding of the enigma of
consciousness. His most recent book, "Looking for
Spinoza: Joy, Sorrow and the Feeling Brain", focuses on
the neurobiology of feeling and draws out the ethical
implications of the new findings.
Antonio R. Damasio is the Van Allen Distinguished
Professor and head of the department of neurology at the
University of Iowa Medical Center and is an adjunct
professor at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California.
The recipient of numerous awards (including the Ipsen
Prize and, most recently, the Nonino Prize from Italy)
Damasio is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the
National Academy of Sciences and a fellow of the American
Academy of Arts and Sciences. Damasios first two
books, "Descartes Error: Emotion, Reason, and the Human
Brain" and "The Feeling of What Happens: Body and Emotion
in the Making of Consciousness", are translated and taught
in universities worldwide. His new book, "Looking for
Spinoza: Joy, Sorrow, and the Feeling Brain", was
published by Harcourt (New York) in 2003 and already has
been translated into French, German, Italian, Portuguese,
Dutch, and Swedish.
Damasio has elucidated critical problems in the
fundamental neuroscience of mind and behavior, at the
level of large-scale systems in humans, although his
investigations also have encompassed Parkinsonism and
Alzheimers disease. His contributions have had a
major influence on our understanding of the neural basis
of decision-making, emotion, language, and memory. The
laboratories that he and Hanna Damasio created at the
University of Iowa are leading centers for the
investigation of cognition using both the lesion method
and functional imaging.
Damasio was born in Portugal. He received both his M.D.
and his doctorate from the University of Lisbon, and began
his research in cognitive neuroscience with the late
This program is free and open to the public. Seating is
limited, and will be on a first-come, first-served basis,
(pre-registration is not required). For more
information, please contact the Center for Modern &
Contemporary Studies by email at modcon at humnet.ucla.edu,
or by phone at (310) 825-9581.
-- submitted by Kathy Sanchez (ksanchez at humnet.ucla.edu)
For more information, contact http://www.humnet.ucla.edu/humnet/cmcs/events/events0304.htm
This event is taken from the Center for Modern & Contemporary Studies Calendar.
Lecture by Erica Jong entitled "From Fear of Flying to Sappho's Leap: Fiction, Scholarship and Gender"
5:00PM until 7:00PM
In: Royce Hall 190
The UCLA Departments of Classics and Comparative Literature
& The UCLA Center for the Study of Women present
"From Fear of Flying to Sappho's Leap: Fiction, Scholarship
The presentation will include a dialogue between Erica Jong
and Robert Ball, Professor and Chair of Classics at the
University of Hawaii, on the problems of writing an
historical novel set in the classical world.
Book signing to follow.
Seating is very limited and on a first-come, first serve
-- submitted by Heather Gould (gould at humnet.ucla.edu)
This event is taken from the Classics Calendar.
*UCLA Powell Music Concerts in the Rotunda*
In: UCLA Powell Library - 2nd Floor Rotunda
Regina Caeli: Sixteenth Century Sacred Music
The UCLA Early Music Collective returns this year for a
English, Flemish, Spanish and Portuguese sacred vocal
music from the 16th
Robert White - Regina Caeli
Adrian Willaert - Pien dun vago pensier? Ben, sio non
erro Philippe Verdelot - El ciel se rinovella Jacob
Obrecht - Agnus Dei from Missa Maria Zart Adrian
Willaert or Loyset Pieton - O Beata Infantia? O Felices
Panni Francisco Guerrero - Sanctus and Agnus Dei from
Missa de la batalla escoutez Duarte Lôbo - Audivi vocem de
-- submitted by Courtney Klipp (klipp at humnet.ucla.edu)
For more information, contact cbrown at library.ucla.edu
This event is taken from the Musicology Calendar.
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