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Music and Meaning

  • Italian Academy 1161 Amsterdam Avenue New York, NY, 10027 United States (map)

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. The event is co-sponsored by the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies and the Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience program as part of the Seminars in Society and Neuroscience series.

Free and open to the public but RSVP is required. Please click "Get Tickets" above

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 Speakers: -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 Moderators: -Andrew Goldman, Presidential Scholar in Society and Neuroscience, Columbia University -Jacqueline Gottlieb, Professor of Neuroscience, Columbia University

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