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The Runaway Species with David Eagleman + Anthony Brandt


Thursday, October 26, 2017
7:00 PM–8:30 PM


What single trait best defines the power and promise of the human species? According to New York Times bestselling author and neuroscientist David Eagleman and composer Anthony Brandt, humanity’s insatiable drive to create is the ultimate force for transformation and progress.

In their new book, The Runaway Species: How Human Creativity Remakes the World. the authors incisively explore how individuals, organizations, and educational institutions can harness creativity while celebrating humanity’s unique ability to transform the world.

This program will be followed by a book signing for The Runaway Species.

About the Speakers


David Eagleman is a neuroscientist and the New York Times bestselling author of Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain and Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives. He is the writer and host of the Emmy-nominated PBS television series The Brain. Eagleman is an adjunct professor at Stanford University, a Guggenheim fellow, and the director of the Center for Science and Law. He has written for the New York Times, Discover Magazine, The Atlantic, Slate, Wired and many others, and he appears regularly on National Public Radio and BBC.

Anthony Brandt is a composer and professor at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. He is also Artistic Director of the contemporary music ensemble Musiqa, winner of two Adventurous Programming Awards from Chamber Music America and ASCAP. Brandt has received a Koussevitzky Commission from the Library of Congress and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Meet-the-Composer, and the Houston Arts Alliance. He has co-authored papers on music cognition published in the journals Frontiers and Brain Connectivity. Brandt has written two chamber operas and works for orchestra, chamber ensembles, dance, theater, film, television, and sound and art installations. He currently lives in Houston with his wife and children.

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