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One of the world’s leading science communicators, Stanford University neuroscientist and best-selling author David Eagleman, will discuss his latest book about brain plasticity, Livewired: The Inside Story of the Ever-Changing Brain, at The Progressive Forum on Thursday, April 28, at 7:30 p.m. CT.
The event is in Houston at Congregation Emanu El, 1500 Sunset Blvd. Tickets are available online at ProgressiveForumHouston.org, and at 800-514-3849 Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. EST. They will also be available at the door on event night. General admission tickets are $45 and $70 for side and middle sections, respectively. Tickets for reserved seats and speaker reception are $150.
All ticket buyers attending will receive a free copy of Livewired.
“The Progressive Forum is pleased to welcome a great mind with Houston roots,” said Randall Morton, president. “As an undergraduate at Rice, he majored in British and American literature, then earned his PhD in neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine.”
Covering decades of research to the present day, Livewired also presents new discoveries from Eagleman’s own laboratory, from synesthesia, to dreaming, to wearable neurotech devices that revolutionize how we think about the senses.
The Wallstreet Journal said, “Livewired reads wonderfully, like what a book would be if it were written by Oliver Sacks and William Gibson, sitting on Carl Sagan’s front lawn.”
Eagleman is a neuroscientist at Stanford University, an international bestselling author, and a Guggenheim Fellow. He is the writer and presenter of “The Brain,” an Emmy-nominated television series on PBS and BBC. Dr. Eagleman’s areas of research include sensory substitution, time perception, vision, and synesthesia; he also studies the intersection of neuroscience with the legal system, and in that capacity directs the Center for Science and Law headquartered in Houston. Eagleman’s other books include The Runaway Species, The Brain, Incognito, and Wednesday is Indigo Blue. He is also the author of a widely adopted textbook on cognitive neuroscience, Brain and Behavior, as well as a bestselling book of literary fiction, Sum, which has been translated into 32 languages, turned into two operas, and named a Best Book of the Year by Barnes and Noble. Dr. Eagleman writes for the The Atlantic, The New York Times, Discover magazine, Slate, Wired, and New Scientist, and appears regularly on National Public Radio and BBC to discuss both science and literature. He has been a TED speaker, a guest on “The Colbert Report,” and profiled in The New Yorker magazine. He has spun several companies out of his lab, including Neosensory, a company that uses haptics for sensory substitution and addition.
Helping to make this event possible is an anonymous sponsor and our generous donors throughout the year.
About The Progressive Forum
The Progressive Forum is the nation’s only lecture series expressly dedicated to progressive values. It’s one of the largest lecture series of any kind, producing in-person events with companion worldwide livestreams. It seeks to present the great minds from all the fields of human endeavor with answers towards the success of the individual, our species, and life.
Founded in 2005 by Randall Morton, the history of The Progressive Forum includes national book launches for Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth, the father of climate science James Hansen’s Storms of My Grandchildren, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s My Beloved World, and the autobiography of Lester Brown’s Breaking New Ground. The Progressive Forum provided the film premiere of Fighting Goliath: Texas Coal Wars, introduced by Robert Redford, who commissioned and narrated the documentary. An appearance by Gloria Steinem celebrated the 30th anniversary of the National Women’s Conference in Houston. The Progressive Forum presented U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and two Supreme Court justices, Sonia Sotomayor and the late Justice John Paul Stevens, as well as the 68th Secretary of State John Kerry.
For more background on The Progressive Forum, go to ProgressiveForumHouston.org/about-us.