Antonio Damasio is University Professor, David Dornsife Professor of Neuroscience, and Director of the Brain and Creativity Institute at the University of Southern California; he is also an adjunct professor at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California. Damasio has made seminal contributions to the understanding of brain processes underlying, emotions, feelings, decision-making and consciousness. He is the author of numerous scientific articles and his research has received continuous Federal funding for 30 years. He is the recipient of many awards (including, the Honda Prize, 2010; the Asturias Prize in Science and Technology, 2005; and the Signoret Prize, 2004, which he shared with his wife Hanna Damasio). Damasio is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Bavarian Academy of Sciences, and the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. He has been named “Highly Cited Researcher” by the Institute for Scientific Information, and also holds Honorary Doctorates from several Universities.
He has described his discoveries in several books (Descartes’ Error, The Feeling of What Happens, Looking for Spinoza. and Self Comes to Mind) translated and taught in universities worldwide.
David Bear, M.D.
David Bear, MD is the primary inventor of MedSentry, a novel medication adherence device based on digital visualization. MedSentry is now in clinical trials at Harvard Partners Healthcare. He serves as Chairman of the Board of MedSentry, Inc.
Bear attended Harvard College, and on graduation was awarded a Sheldon Traveling Fellowship. He received an MD from Harvard Medical School, completed Psychiatric Residency at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and was formerly Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.
Drawing on 10 years of experience in telemedicine, he was awarded a patent for a digital visualizing medication adherence device based on scanning optics. Dr. Bear founded Covectra, Inc to combat diversion and counterfeiting of medications and holds a patent for a tamper resistant opioid with pending patents on tracking unit doses of medication and a counterfeit resistant labeling system.
He founded PharmoRx Therapeutics to develop novel uses of generic agents in Neuropsychiatry, one of which is treatment of refractory depression undergoing trial in the Department of Psychiatry, MGH.
Gloria Araya is an International Dance Movement Presenter, Wellness Advocate, Activist, and Inspirational Speaker. She is a passionate supporter of literacy, the arts, women’s issues, and education.
Her mission is to inspire people to live fully. Using dance and music as her tools for inspiration, Gloria has traveled the world, sharing her unique style of dance and movement that emphasize the importance of moving mindfully. Nominated for Best Presenter in Switzerland, she has taught in Europe, Asia, the Caribbean, Central and South America, and recognized in her hometown as Best of Chicago by Chicago Magazine.
Gloria’s creativity and love for teaching has been and continues to be the source of inspiration to those who experience her classes, workshops, and presentations. Her motto is: “If I can do it, you can do it too”; this comes from her deep belief in the innate ability and inner capacity of others. Her work is based on the belief that mindful movement has the power to transform someone’s life awakening human potential. www.glomundo.com
Gloria is a constant advocate for living a healthier lifestyle. She was honored by the Chicago/Midwest Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts & Science for her contribution to the Emmy Award Winner for Outstanding Achievement on Informational Programming: Diabetes, Guia para Hispano-Americanos. This honor was presented to her again on a consecutive year for her contribution to the Emmy Award Winner for Outstanding Achievement on Informational Programming: Salud Emocional, Guia para los Hispano-Americanos.
As a social entrepreneur, and activist, her most passionate advocate work yet is the abolition of Slavery, Sex and Human Trafficking. She is the founder and creator of The Traffic Stops Here, a campaign and fundraising event that supports the work of abolitionist organizations around the world. www.facebook.com/TheTrafficStopsHere. This year, The Traffic Stops Here will benefit the Somaly Mom Foundation, an organization committed to eradicate slavery and to empower its survivors to be part of the solution.
Gloria’s love for learning lead her to The Foundation for Human Potential. Gloria sits on the Board of Advisors for the organization, and is the Associate Director of The Foundation.
Henry Fogel was appointed Dean of the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University beginning in July, 2009, a school at which he has taught a course in orchestral studies since 2002. In addition, he continues to provide a limited amount of consulting for musical organizations, working as a part of the Catherine French Group. He has been an artistic consultant to the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra in Brazil since 2008, and in the summer of 2012 he was engaged for a consultancy at the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
Mr. Fogel has had a long and varied career in music administration. From 2003-2008 he was President and CEO of the League of American Orchestras. He retired from that position in 2008, but remained as a senior advisor through 2009. During his seven years with the League, he visited over 190 orchestras in America. Under his leadership the League attained fiscal stability, fully paying off a $1.2 million accumulated deficit and operating in the black for each year of his Presidency. In addition, the League undertook a major strategic planning process, resulting in a more effective and responsive service organization for the field.
From 1985-2003, Mr. Fogel was President of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Under his leadership the Orchestra’s endowment increased from $19 million to over $160 million, and he oversaw the $125 million renovation of Orchestra Hall. In addition to maintaining its artistic supremacy, the Chicago Symphony during Mr. Fogel’s term dramatically strengthened its community engagement and educational programs. Fifteen of the eighteen years in which he served saw balanced budgets or surpluses, and during his time there attendance to classical subscription concerts increased by more than 20%.
From 1981-1985, Mr. Fogel was Executive Director of the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington, D.C., and from 1978-1981 he was Orchestra Manager of the New York Philharmonic. From 1963-1978, he was Program Director and Vice-President of WONO, a full-time classical music commercial radio station in Syracuse, New York.
He has received honorary doctorate degrees from Roosevelt University, Northwestern University, the Curtis Institute, and Columbia College in Chicago. In 1999 Mr. Fogel received a Cultural Leadership Citation from Yale University for service to the cultural life of the nation. In 2003 he was named an Illinois Arts Legend by the Illinois Arts Alliance. In June, 2009, he received the highest honor in the symphony orchestra field, the League of American Orchestras’ Gold Baton Award. In 1997 he received the Top Chicagoan Award from Chicago Magazine, and in 1990 was named by Business Week magazine as one of the five best managers of cultural organizations in the United States. He has also received the Dushkin Award for his service to music by the Music Institute in Chicago. In 2007 he was cited for “outstanding contributions to and accomplishments in the field of Music Education” by the National Association for Music Education. In 1986, the Chicago Chapter of the Brandeis University National Women’s Committee established a Collector’s File in his name in the Brandeis University Library.
Mr. Fogel has served on non-profit boards virtually without interruption since 1967, when he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra. Boards on which he currently serves include, the Executive Committee of the Avery Fisher Artist Program, the International Advisory Council of the Van Cliburn Competition, the Institute for the Study of Black Music at Columbia College, the Chicago Opera Theater, and the WFMT Committee of the WTTW Board in Chicago, and the Chinese Fine Arts Society. He currently chairs the Board of the Chicago Classical Music Recording Foundation.
Mr. Fogel has also served as a consultant to many orchestras, on labor, governance, and artistic issues, as well as on strategic planning and on music director searches. He has been a reviewer of recordings for Fanfare magazine since 1986. He has contributed several entries to the book Contemporary Composers, and to The Harvard Dictionary of Music. He has been a judge for conducting competitions in New York, Tokyo, Helsinki, and Sofia, Bulgaria, and has served on arts council review panels in New York, Ohio, Missouri, Illinois, and Ottawa, as well as for the National Endowment of the Arts. In November, 2009, he was the President of the Jury for the Music Competition of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Fogel has also served as a narrator with a number of orchestras, performing Copland’s Lincoln Portrait, Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, and many other works. He has recorded a speaking part in Paul Salerni and Dana Gioia’s opera Tony Caruso’s Last Broadcast released on the Naxos label. He has also produced internationally syndicated radio programs for Chicago’s Fine Arts Station WFMT, including currently Collectors’ Corner, which is derived from his extensive personal collection of over 20,000 classical recordings. He has also been a regular panelist on the Metropolitan Opera Broadcast Quiz.
Mr. Fogel lives in River Forest, Illinois with his wife Frances. They have two children, Karl and Holly, and five grandchildren. In addition to music, he also has a passion for cooking Chinese food, and he studied over three years with Virginia Lee, who wrote the New York Times Chinese Cookbook.
Howard Gardner is the John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education (1998-present).
He has been Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education (1986-1998); Adjunct Professor of Psychology, Harvard University (1991-present); Chair, Project Zero Steering Committee (1995-present); Co-Director, Project Zero (1972-2000); Senior Director (2000-present)
Dr. Gardner attended Harvard College, 1961-1965,A.B. in Social Relations; London School of Economics, 1965-1966, Reading in Philosophy and Sociology; Harvard University 1966-1971, Ph.D. in Social Psychology (Developmental Psychology) Harvard Medical School and Boston University Aphasia Research Center, 1971-1972, Postdoctoral Fellow.
Among his many honors are: Phi Beta Kappa, 1964; A.B. Summa cum laude, 1965; Frank Knox Fellowship, London School of Economics, 1965-1966; NIMH Pre-doctoral Fellowship 1966-1971; Social Science Research Council Fellow,1971-1972; MacArthur Prize Fellowship 1981-1986; National Psychology Award for Excellence in the Media of the American Psychological Association, for he book, Frames of Mind , 1984, William James Award, American Psychological Association, 1987; Educational Press of America, Distinguished Achievement Award, 1989; Who’s Who in America 1989-present; University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Education 1990; Wyoming Seminary Distinguished Alumnus Award, 1990; Medal of the Presidency of the Italian Republic, Pio Manzu, 2011; Common Sense Media Award for Outstanding Leadership in Education and Digital Ethics, 2010; Prince of Asturias Award for Social Sciences, 2011;Recipient of 29 honorary degrees from institutions in Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, South Korea, Spain and the United States.
Dr. Gardner has been the author of over 450 articles in scholarly journals in the areas of developmental psychology, neuropsychology, education, aesthetics, ethics, and the social sciences. He is the author of over 350 topical articles, introductions, and book reviews in wide-circulation publications.
He has been the recipient of grants from many governmental agencies and foundations. Among the Professional Memberships and Honorary Societies in which he has participated are: Academy of Aphasia; American Association for the Advancement of Science, Fellow; National Academy of Education; American Academy of Arts and Sciences; Society for Research in Child Development; American Educational Research Association; American Academy of Political and Social Sciences; American Philosophical Society; American Psychological Society.
Founder, National Dance Institute
Recognized as one of the finest classical dancers of our time, Jacques d’Amboise now leads the field of arts education with a model program that exposes thousands of school children to the magic and discipline of dance. In 1976, while still a principal dancer with New York City Ballet, Mr. d’Amboise founded National Dance Institute in the belief that the arts have a unique power to engage and motivate individuals towards excellence.
His contributions in arts education have earned him numerous awards and honors including: Honorary Doctorate of Letters at Montclair State University (2012), The Fred and Adele Astair Award (2011), Dance Teacher Magazine’s Lifetime Achievement Award (2011), The Vasterling Award for Artistic Vision and Excellence in Dance (2010), induction into The American Academy of Arts & Sciences (2007); The Children’s Champion Award, Child Magazine (2007); The Mayor’s Award for Arts & Culture (2004); Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters at St. Joseph College (2003); The James Keller Youth Award, The Christophers (2002); The Arison Award (2002); People First Honoree, People Magazine (2002); Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters at Franklin Pierce College (2002); The Heinz Award (2001); Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts at the University of the South (2001); Town Hall Friend of the Arts Award (2000); Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts at the Juilliard School (2000); The Dance Magazine Award (1999); The National Medal of Arts (1998); NCEA St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award (1996); The Kennedy Center Honors (1995); The National Caring Award, The Caring Institute (1995); The Museum of the City of New York – $24 Award; The Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (1993); a 1990 MacArthur Fellowship: The Capezio Award (1990); The First Annual Producers Circle Award for public service (1989); The Paul Robeson Award for excellence in the field of the humanities (1988); The Governor’s Award for outstanding contributions to the arts and culture of New York State (1986); Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts – Boston College (1986); Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts – Monmouth University (1984); Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts – Bates College (1978); Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts – Saint Peter’s College (1978); Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts – College of New Rochelle (1976); and The Nancy Hank Fellowship – Duke University. Mr. d’Amboise is also an Honorary Big Brother.
He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin’, a 1984 PBS documentary film about his work with NDI, won an Academy Award, six Emmy Awards, the Peabody Award, the Golden Cine Award, and the National Education Association Award for the advancement of learning through broadcasting. He has also served as a full professor and Dean of Dance for two years at SUNY Purchase, and for eleven years as visiting professor at the College of Creative Studies, University of California at Santa Barbara.
Mr. d’Amboise began his ballet training with Madam Seda in Washington Heights, New York. Within a year, at the age of 8, he continued his studies at the School of American Ballet with George Balanchine, Anatola Oboukhoff and Pierre Vladimiroff. At age 12 he performed with Ballet Society, the immediate predecessor to New York City Ballet. Three years later, barely 15, he joined New York City Ballet and the following year made his European debut at London’s Covent Garden. As Balanchine’s protégé, Mr. d’Amboise had more works choreographed specifically for him by The Ballet Master than any other dancer, including the ballets: Stars and Stripes, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, Episodes, Figures in the Carpet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Jewels, Raymonda Variations, Meditation, and Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet. Mr. d’Amboise is most remembered for his portrayal of what critics called “the definitive Apollo.” As a choreographer, Mr. d’Amboise’s credits include almost twenty works commissioned for New York City Ballet.
Mr. d’Amboise’s work in dance education has taken him all over the world—from the extremes of Yakutsk, Siberia, to the Danakil Desert in Ethiopia, from 13,000 feet below sea level at the Dead Sea to the mountains of Nepal, and from the dryness of the Atacama Desert in Chile to rainforests on the island of Kauai in the Hawaiian Chain. Over the last 30 years, NDI programs in New York City and its associates, both nationally and internationally, have reached and influenced over 2 million children, in particular the programs National Dance Institute have integrated with the city of Shanghai, China.
Dr. Jerre Levy, Professor Emerita, University of Chicago, Department of Psychology (formerly Behavioral Sciences) has spent her career studying and teaching about brain-behavior relationships. In June 1970, she received her PhD from the California Institute of Technology in Psychobiology for research on Information processing and higher psychological functions in the disconnected hemispheres of human commissurotomy patients (Doctoral Advisor: Professor Roger W. Sperry). She did postgraduate work in the Department of Psychology at the University of Colorado as an NIMH Postdoctoral Fellow and in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at Oregon State University as NIH Postdoctoral Fellow. Dr. Levy was on the faculty of the Department of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania before coming to the University of Chicago in 1977. Among the courses Dr. Levy has taught at both the University of Chicago and the University of Pennsylvania, have been: Biological Psychology, Evolutionary Biopsychology, Brain Asymmetry, Learning and Memory, Sensation and Perception, Human Neuropsychology .
Dr. Levy has written or collaborated on nearly 100 publications, including such titles as: Review of left brain-right brain; Science and Moral Priority; Two sides of the brain-brain lateralization explored; Cerebral lateralization and spatial ability; Evolution of language lateralization and cognitive function; Right brain, left brain: Fact and Fiction; Cerebral asymmetry and aesthetic experience.
Dr. Levy has served in editorial capacities for the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance; Brain and Cognition; Human Neurobiology; Neuropsychologia; Journal of Neuroscience. She is a member of the Society of Experimental Psychologists and the International Neuropsychology Symposium. Dr. Levy resides in Chicago, Illinois.
Professor of Clinical Neurology
John C.M. Brust received an AB degree at Harvard College and an MD at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. His Neurology Residency was at the New York Neurological Institute/Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center. He is currently Professor of Clinical Neurology at Columbia University and Director of the Department of Neurology at Harlem Hospital Center. Dr. Brust is a member of the American Neurological Association and a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology. He is the author of over 200 publications on topics that include disorders of music and language, alcoholism, drug abuse, stroke, epilepsy, nutritional disease, and and health care delivery. Books he has written include “Neurological Aspects of Substance Abuse” and “The Practice of Neural Science.” He is a frequent speaker at neurological conferences and is an editor or reviewer of numerous journals, including Editor-in-Chief of Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports. Dr. Brust is married and lives in Manhattan.email@example.com.
Joseph LeDoux is a University Professor at NYU in the Center for Neural Science, and he directs the Emotional Brain Institute of the Nathan Kline Institute. His work is focused on the brain mechanisms of memory and emotion and he is the author of The Emotional Brain and Synaptic Self. LeDoux has received a number of awards, including the Karl Spencer Lashley Award from the American Philosophical Society, the Fyssen International Prize in Cognitive Science, Jean Louis Signoret Prize of the IPSEN Foundation, the Santiago Grisolia Prize, the American Psychological Association Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award, the American Psychological Association Donald O. Hebb Award, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the New York Academy of Sciences, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is also the lead singer and songwriter in the rock band, The Amygdaloids.
Founder, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
Director, Lou Conte Dance Studio
After a performing career including Broadway musicals, Conte established the Lou Conte Dance Studio in Chicago in 1974. In 1977, he founded what is now Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, with four dancers, performing at senior citizens’ homes in Chicago. Originally the company’s sole choreographer, he developed relationships with world-renowned choreographers as the company began to grow, adding bodies of work by a variety of artists. These relationships transformed HSDC into the internationally acclaimed repertoire company it is today. In the 1980’s, Conte brought in several works by Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Margo Sappington and Daniel Ezralow. He continued to build HSDC’s repertoire by forging a key partnership with Twyla Tharp in the 1990’s., acquiring seven of her works including an original work for the company.
Conte further expanded the company’s repertoire to include European choreographers Jiri Kylian, Nacho Duato and most recently, Ohad Haharin, whose Minus 16 received its US premiere by HSDC in October 2000. These long-term relationships along with Conte’s participation in selecting the company’s new artistic director, have paved the way for HSDC’s future. Through his 23 years as the company’s artistic director, Conte has received numerous awards, including the Chicago Dance Coalition’s inaugural Ruth Page Artistic Achievement Award in 1986, the Sidney Yates Arts Advocacy Award in 1995, and the Chicagoan of the Year award by Chicago magazine in 1999. He has been credited by many for helping raise Chicago’s international cultural profile and for creating a climate for dance in the city, where the art form now thrives.
Dr. Louis Caplan, M.D. a neurologist, grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, attended Williams College, graduated cum laude in 1958, majored in history, having received the college’s history prize. He attended and graduated from the University of Maryland Medical School in 1962 summa cum laude .
Dr. Derek Denny-Brown, chief of Neurology at Harvard and the Boston City Hospital Harvard Neurological Unit was his key mentor. Caplan’s background in internal medicine and neurology and the complexities of cerebrovascular disease led him to choose stroke as his major life’s work. In July 1970 he became staff neurologist at Beth Israel Hospital and Assistant Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School. He and Dr. Jay P. Mohr founded the Harvard Cooperative Stroke Registry and reported the result in 1978.
In Chicago, Caplan became Neurologist-in-Chief at Michael Reese Hospital and Professor of Neurology at the University of Chicago. Returning to Boston, Caplan became Neurologist-in- chief at the New England Medical Center and Professor/Chairman of the Department of Neurology and Professor of Medicine at Tufts Medical School. He is now Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School and Senior Neurologist at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston.
He is a diplomat of both the American Board Internal Medicine (and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians) and of the American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry. He has authored or edited 41 books, mostly on various aspects of stroke and over 700 articles and chapters in medical journals and books. He has been Chairman of the Stroke Council of the American Heart Association and chair of a number of neurological and stroke organizations, including the Boston and Chicago Neurological Societies. Caplan is an honorary member of the German, Australian and Hong Kong Neurological Societies and the the Korean Stroke Society. He is or has been on the Board of 30 different medical journals, has delivered 41 named lectureships and has trained 64 stroke fellows, including 32 international fellows.
Michael is an entrepreneur and passionate ambassador for change in the world. He’s a pioneer for ending bullying in schools, invited to first ever anti-bullying summits in Washington D.C. The Huffington Post wrote “… his Hero in the Hallway program…gives a glimmer of hope that bullying can be prevented.” He served on the board of BOLD Chicago, a non-profit focused on mentoring inner city youth. Michael attended TEDx Midwest 2010- 2011,2012,2013,2014 and was instrumental in bringing together teachers and students for the youth events. He’s written numerous articles for magazines, been a featured guest on radio shows nationally, is a founding partner in five companies ranging from product inventor, educational products and inspirational motivation products. Michael’s most recent start-up is Altruistic Apps LLC, which raises money for schools and non-profit organizations as well providing funding for other entrepreneurs.
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is the C.S. and D.J. Davidson Professor of Psychology and Management at The Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California. He received his BA and PhD from the University of Chicago in 1960 and 1965, respectively, where he was Chairman of the Department of Psychology from 1985-88 and Professor, Committee on Human Development 1970-99 and its Chairman 1977-1984. He was Associate Profess or and Chairman, Department or Sociology and Anthropology, Lake Forest College, 1965-70.
Csikszentmihalyi was a member of U.S. Child Labor Advisory Committee, 1988-90; Center for Giftedness, U.S. Department of Education 1989-90; Board of Advisors, Encyclopedia Britannica, 1986-95; Gallup, 2003-present; Board of Governors, Center for the Study of Science and Religion, 1980-present.
He is a Fellow, American Academy or Arts and Letters, National Academy of Sciences, American Academy of Political and Social Sciences, National Academy of Leisure Studies, Senior Fulbright Fellow, Brazil, 1984, New Zealand, 1990; Rockefeller Fellow, Bellagio, 1993. Social Policy Prize, Carnegie Foundation, 1994; Fellow Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences, 1994-95; Doctor of Sciences Honoris Causa, 1998, 2002, 2007 Doctor of Fine Arts H.C., 2003; the Szechenyi Prize awarded by the President of the Hungarian Republic, 2011; The James McKeen Cathell Prize of the American Psychological Society, 2013.
Csikszentmihalyi has published over 225 scholarly articles, 19 books, of which 12 are co-authored. The first, Beyond Boredom and Anxiety, San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1975 remains in print after five editions; Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, New York, Harper and Rowe, 1990 was selected by four book clubs and translated into twenty-seven languages, including Chinese, Korean and Japanese; Creativity: Flow and the psychology of discovery and intention, New York: Harper Collins, 1996 was selected by four book band translated into nine languages; Good Business, Viking 2003 has been translated into nine languages. He also wrote short stories for the New Yorker, essays for the Nation, book reviews for the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Sun times and translated fiction and poetry from various languages.
Csikszentmihalyi has had extensive media coverage of his work by The New York Times, Time Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, U.S. News and World Report, Wired, to name a few.
Oliver Sacks was born in 1933 in London, England into a family of physicians and scientists (his mother was a surgeon and his father a general practitioner). He earned his medical degree at Oxford University (Queen’s College), and did residencies and fellowship work at Mt. Zion Hospital in San Francisco and at UCLA. Since 1965, he has lived in New York, where he is a practicing neurologist. From 2007 to 2012, he served as a Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center, and he was also designated the university’s first Columbia University Artist. Dr. Sacks is currently a professor of neurology at the NYU School of Medicine, where he practices as part of the NYU Comprehensive Epilepsy Center. He is also a visiting professor at the University of Warwick.
In 1966 Dr. Sacks began working as a consulting neurologist for Beth Abraham Hospital in the Bronx, a chronic care hospital where he encountered an extraordinary group of patients, many of whom had spent decades in strange, frozen states, like human statues, unable to initiate movement. He recognized these patients as survivors of the great pandemic of sleepy sickness that had swept the world from 1916 to 1927, and treated them with a then-experimental drug, L-dopa, which enabled them to come back to life. They became the subjects of his book Awakenings, which later inspired a play by Harold Pinter (“A Kind of Alaska”) and the Oscar-nominated feature film (“Awakenings”) with Robert De Niro and Robin Williams.
Sacks is perhaps best known for his collections of case histories from the far borderlands of neurological experience, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and An Anthropologist on Mars, in which he describes patients struggling to live with conditions ranging from Tourette’s syndrome to autism, parkinsonism, musical hallucination, epilepsy, phantom limb syndrome, schizophrenia, retardation, and Alzheimer’s disease.
He has investigated the world of Deaf people and sign language in Seeing Voices, and a rare community of colorblind people in The Island of the Colorblind. He has written about his experiences as a doctor in Migraine and as a patient in A Leg to Stand On. His autobiographical Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical Boyhood was published in 2001, and his most recent books are Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain (2007), The Mind’s Eye (2010), and Hallucinations (2012).
Sacks’s work, which has been supported by the Guggenheim Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, regularly appears in the New Yorker and the New York Review of Books, as well as various medical journals. The New York Times has referred to Dr. Sacks as “the poet laureate of medicine,” and in 2002 he was awarded the Lewis Thomas Prize by Rockefeller University, which recognizes the scientist as poet. He is an honorary fellow of both the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and holds honorary degrees from many universities, including Oxford, the Karolinska Institute, Georgetown, Bard, Gallaudet, Tufts, and the Catholic University of Peru.
Dr. Philip B. Gorelick is the Medical Director of the Hauenstein Neuroscience Center, Saint Mary’s Health Care, Grand Rapids, MI (February 6, 2012-present), Professor, Translational Science and Molecular Medicine, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, and previously was the John S. Garvin Professor and Head, Department of Neurology and Rehabilitation, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago (2003-Jan. 2012) and Jannotta Presidential Professor in the Department or Neurosciences, Rush University. Dr. Gorelick has numerous publications in the areas of stroke prevention and risk factor identification, vascular dementia, and stroke in African Americans. He received continuous funding from the US National Institute of Health (NIH) from1987-2005 and led two important NIH initiatives, The African American Antiplatelet Stroke Prevention Study, a recurrent stroke prevention clinical trial, and Risk Markers for Dementia After Stroke, an advanced imaging study to determine epidemiologic and MRI markers for vascular dementia and vascular cognitive impairment. Dr. Gorelick has served as an advisory to the NINDS/NIH, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and US FDA. He is Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of Neuroepidemiology; a member of the Editorial Board of Stroke; a recipient of the National Stroke Association (NSA) Visionary in Practice Society Award 2000, the William Feinberg Excellence in Clinical Stroke Award 2004, the Golden Apple and AOA Teacher of the Year Awards; past Chair of the NSA Stroke Prevention Advisory Board and a past member of the Board of Directors of the Midwest Affiliate of the American Heart Association; and a recipient of a Good Housekeeping Citation for one of the top US stroke physicians. Also, Dr. Gorelick has been awarded the Gainey Lectureship at Mayo Clinic in 2005 and the Henry Barnett Lectureship in Canada in 2005, and has been the Chair of the International Stroke Conference of the American Heart Association; a member of the American Stroke Association Stroke Advisory Board; and a member of the National Stroke Association Board of Directors.
Todd Siler is an internationally recognized visual artist, author, inventor and consultant, who is the founder of Psi-Phi Communications, LLC, and The ArtScience® Program for Realizing Human Potential (aka, Think Like a Genius® Program). He received a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies in Psychology and Art from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1986, becoming the first visual artist to receive this doctoral degree at M.I.T He was also a Visiting Artist/Scientist at the Computer-Aided Design Lab in the Department of Mechanical Engineering (1986-88 & 1991). Siler is a Forum Fellow of the 1999 and 2001 Annual Meetings of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. His published works include Breaking the Mind Barrier (Simon & Schuster, 1990) and Think Like A Genius (Bantam Books, 1996); both books have been translated into many foreign languages. Breaking the Mind Barrier was nominated for the 1994 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Education for “a work of outstanding educational achievement with potential for worldwide impact.” Todd Siler has consulted extensively throughout the world on cultivating creativity and accelerating innovation in Fortune 500 Companies, including IBM, Texas Instruments, NTT Communications/Verio, US West/Quest, Chevron, Royal Dutch/Shell, Chase Manhattan, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Johnson & Johnson, ING North America, The Home Depot, Procter & Gamble, and many more. Siler is a recipient of an I.B.M. Thomas J. Watson Fellowship to Paris, France (1975-76), a Fulbright Fellowship to India (1985-86), and a Meitec Fellowship (1989-91), awarded by the Meitec Intelligent Technology Corporation in Tokyo, among other fellowships and awards. In addition, he holds a number of patents on a wide range of inventions, including a computer-graphics input device and textile printing machinery. Todd Siler has been exhibiting his artworks internationally in major museums and galleries for the past three decades, and is represented by the Ronald Feldman Fine Arts in New York City (www.feldmangallery.com) since 1980. His artworks are in numerous private and public collections worldwide, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Twentieth-century Collection), the Museum of Modern Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City, the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, the Pushkin Fine Arts Museum in Moscow, and the Belsar Verlag Print Archives in Stuttgart and Zurich. The World Cultural Council, who awarded him the 2011 Leonardo DaVinci World Award of Arts, recognized Siler’s lifelong practice of applying the “ArtScience” process to envision viable solutions to real-world global challenges. He has a longstanding interest in exploring the potential of alternative nuclear fusion energy systems that can help create a sustainable future. www.ToddSilerArt.com
Professor Tony Jones CBE BA MFA DFA DLitt LLD Hon.AIA FRCA FRSAChancellor & President-emeritus The Art Institute of Chicago. Tony Jones is an internationally known arts administrator, broadcaster, educator, exhibition curator, and historian of art, architecture and design. British, born Wales 1944. Educated in the UK and USA, postgraduate study at Tulane University, New Orleans, as a Fulbright Scholar.
Professor Jones is a recognized authority on the development of art, design and architecture in the Modern Age, the work of the architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the Arts & Crafts Movement, the Vienna Werkstatte, the Celtic Revival, and the designer Archibald Knox.
His seminal research, exhibitions, television programs and publications on the architecture and culture of Welsh chapels led to national efforts to save the chapel heritage, and the creation of the CAPEL historical association. His BBC television series “Painting The Dragon” focused on artists in Wales who work is inspired by the landscape, people, history and culture of Wales. Professor Jones delivered the Inaugural Sir Kyffin Williams Annual Lecture series, in honor of the artist, at Oriel Ynys Mon, in 2009.
In addition to numerous books and articles, he has scripted and hosted several television series and radio programs for BBC in the UK and US. He is widely sought as a consultant and keynote speaker on the role of the arts and education, their cultural and economic impact. He is a consultant to the governments of China and Singapore, and travelled widely to higher education institutions in Asia and Europe for many years. In 2009 he co-created the International Arts Presidents Forum (with President Pan Gongkai of the Central Academy, Beijing), comprising an annual forum of the presidents of the 20 leading arts universities worldwide.
Among numerous awards and distinctions, he was conferred the title Commander of the British Empire (CBE) by Queen Elizabeth II in 2003, the Austrian Knight’s Cross for services to education in Europe in 2002, elected an Honorary Member of the American Institute of Architects, received the Distinguished Service Award of the American Lawyers for the Arts, the Distinguished Service Award of the American National Council of Arts Administrators, and elected to two terms as national chairman of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art & Design in north America. He is the Senior Fellow of the Royal College of Art, London, Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, London, Honorary Professor of the University of Wales, of Xi’An Academy in China, Musashino Arts University, Tokyo and Osaka University in Japan, is Vice President of the Board of Glasgow School of Art, has been conferred six Honorary Doctorates.
In 2011 an historic building in downtown Chicago was named ‘Jones Hall’ in his honor.
Professor Jones is the President of the Sir James Dyson Foundation in America, Co-Chair of the Royal College of Art Foundation in the US, and represents the National Foundation of Advancement of the Arts (YoungArts Miami).
Among academic appointments: Director, Glasgow School of Art, UK 1980-86, President, School of the Art Institute of Chicago 1986-91, Director, Royal College of Art, London, UK 1991-96, President, School of the Art Institute of Chicago 1997-2009 and Chancellor 2009 – 2012
Tony Jones lives in Chicago, and is married to the distinguished American photographer Patty Carroll.