Title: Oliver Sacks
When: Wed, Oct 29 2008 | 8:00
: Rutgers Student Center - New Brunswick
: Writers at Rutgers Reading Series


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Admission: Free and open to the Rutgers community and the general public
The reading will be followed by a reception and book signing


Creativity and the Brain

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Oliver Sacks, writer and professor of clinical neurology at Columbia University Medical Center, discovered the subject for his book, Awakenings (1999), while working at Beth Abraham Hospital. Awakenings later inspired a play by Harold Pinter, A Kind of Alaska, and the Oscar-nominated feature film, Awakenings, starring Robin Williams. Sacks continues to write about patients who live with various neurological conditions in Seeing Voices (2000), The Island of the Colorblind (1998), The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat (1998) and An Anthropologist on Mars (1996). The New York Times called Dr. Sacks “the poet laureate of medicine,” and in 2002 he was awarded the Lewis Thomas Prize by Rockefeller University, which recognizes the scientist as poet. His work regularly appears in the New Yorker and the New York Review of Books. His most recent book is Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain (2007).


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