A master at creating compassionate drama from the uncanny dysfunctions of the brain, world-renowned neurologist, humanist and bestselling author Dr. Oliver Sacks will deliver the Margaret and Herman Sokol Science Lecture at Montclair State University's Memorial Auditorium Wednesday, October 16, at 8 p.m. His talk is free for Montclair State students, faculty, staff and alumni. The public is invited and general admission tickets are $10, which includes parking. For additional information, or to order tickets, call the University Box Office at (973) 655-5112.
Sacks is perhaps best known as the author of "Awakenings," called "a masterpiece" by W.H. Auden. The book recounts his 1966 encounter with the survivors of the great epidemic of sleeping sickness which had killed millions in the 1920s. With his administration of the new drug L-DOPA, he saw these patients -- catatonic and frozen for decades -- awaken with "an explosive quality, as of corks released from a great depth." His bestselling book inspired the Penny Marshall film of the same name starring Robert DeNiro and Robin Williams. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture of the Year.
Through a generous gift from Margaret and Herman Sokol, the Sokol Science Lectures have been established to allow members of the University and surrounding communities to gain a greater appreciation and expanded knowledge of important issues in science.
Starting with the current semester, a speaker of national or international renown will be invited to MSU to meet with faculty and students and conduct an evening seminar open to the public. Speakers will be selected on the basis of strong interdisciplinary appeal in their area of expertise and public recognition.