• Tuesday Apr. 17, 2018 5:30 PM

    Annenberg School for Communication 
    Room 110
    3620 Walnut St
    Philadelphia, PA  19104

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

Please note: Due to Dr. Kandel’s immense popularity, a higher than expected number of people have registered for this program than the room can accommodate. We have made arrangements for an overflow room adjacent to the lecture hall, where a livestream of the event will be broadcast. If you are not able to find seating in either location, please know that we will also be videotaping the lecture and will make the recording available on YouTube within the next few weeks. Also, please note that owing to the lecture hall's availability, doors will open at 5:15pm.


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, In Search of Memory: The Emergence of a New Science Mind, 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. In his recent book, Reductionism in Art and Brain Science—Bridging the Two Cultures, he finds common ground between neuroscience and humanistic questions. 



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.


Eric R. Kandel

Columbia University

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.