From Vienna to New York: Memory of a Life in Two Worlds


The University of Pennsylvania Jewish Studies Program and

The Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies present

The 2018 Silvers Visiting Scholar 

Nobel Prize-winner and 2018 Silvers Visiting Scholar Eric Kandel explores his career in brain science and its connection to art through the lens of his autobiography, where he reflects on how his experience as a young Jewish boy in Vienna 1938 has shaped his life as a scientist and a thinker. His recent book Reductionism in Art and Brain Science—Bridging the Two Worlds is one of several in which he finds common ground between neuroscience and humanistic questions. 



Eric R. Kandel, MD, is University Professor and Fred Kavli Professor of Neuroscience at Columbia University, Senior Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Director of the Kavli Institute for Brain Science, and Co-Director of the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute. Dr. Kandel has explored the molecular mechanisms of memory storage in the sea slug Aplysia and mice, and expanded his research to animal models of memory disorders, mental illness, and drug abuse. He has received over 20 honorary degrees and is a member of the US and four other national academies of science; and he has been recognized with numerous awards, including the Harvey Prize and the Wolf Prize of Israel, the National Medal of Science USA, and the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine.

Dr. Kandel has published two books on the intersection of art and science: The Age of Insight: The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain, from Vienna 1900 to the Present, and his latest, Reductionism in Art and Brain Science: Bridging the Two Cultures.


This lecture is made possible by the generosity of Dr. Garry Rayant and Dr. Kathy Fields-Rayant.

This lecture is also cosponsored by the Center for Neuroscience & Society, the Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures, the Department of the History of Art, the Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy, MindCORE (Mind Center for Outreach, Research, and Education), the Office of the Dean of Arts & Sciences, and the Visual Studies Program.

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Event Location: 
Annenberg School for Communication 
Room 110
3620 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA  19104
Event Date and Time: 
April 17, 2018 5:30pm
Open to the public