Columbia University in the City of New York

Oct 19, 20174:15 pm

Seminars in Society and Neuroscience: Music and Meaning

October 19th, 4:15 pm – 6:15 pm at The Italian Academy at Columbia University

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The extraordinary power of music to communicate complex emotions and thoughts has fascinated scholars for centuries. Music taps into cognitive mechanisms that govern our daily interactions with the world, such as expectations and violations of these expectations, and appears to have much in common with language. In addition, music plays social and ethical functions that can be understood from philosophical, historical, and cultural perspectives.

Join us for a discussion with three renowned scholars from the humanities and cognitive science who will show how these modes of inquiry bear on each other — and explain what makes music mean.

Welcoming Remarks:

David Freedberg, Pierre Matisse Professor of the History of Art and Director of the Italian Academy, Columbia University

Pamela Smith, Seth Low Professor of History and Chair, Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience, Columbia University


David Huron, Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor, School of Music & Center for Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Ohio State University

Aniruddh D. Patel, Professor of Psychology, Tufts University

Elizabeth Tolbert, Professor of Musicology, Peabody Institute, Johns Hopkins University


Andrew Goldman, Presidential Scholar in Society and Neuroscience, Columbia University

Jacqueline Gottlieb, Professor of Neuroscience and Principal Investigator at Columbia's Zuckerman Institute


The event is co-sponsored by the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies and Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience. Free and open to the public.

Venue: The Italian Academy at Columbia University
1161 Amsterdam Ave | New York, NY 10027

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