August 18, 2011

  1. Aug 18 at 2 pm

    Testing, Testing!

    What effect does the city have on your brain and body? In a series of weekly tours developed with Lab Team member Charles Montgomery, Dr. Colin Ellard, author of You Are Here: Why We Can Find Our Way to the Moon, but Get Lost in the Mall, has begun to gather evidence about the psychological effects of public spaces near the Lab. This week, join Dr. Ellard on this tour and measure the effects of the city on your own brain and body.

    Videos from the Event:

    Testing, Testing, Tested: Esther M. Sternberg, M.D.

    Testing, Testing, Tested: Colin Ellard 

    Photo used by permission under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) License from Eric Fischer.

  2. Aug 18 at 7 pm

    Teju Cole: Rewritten City

    Teju Cole, author of Open City, speaks on the novel’s theme: the city as palimpsest (in ancient Rome, a wax-coated writing tablet whose surface did not always obliterate previous writings). He will explore how, in New York, particularly Lower Manhattan, the past coexists quite literally with the present. What do the earlier pasts of Manhattan mean for us today as we think about recent erasures like that of 9/11 and of rewritings like the new construction at Ground Zero? Does writing over what has been written on before entail an ethical responsibility? Can historical knowledge help us heal from collective trauma?

    Image: courtesy Teju Cole

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