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Thursday, October 17 • 6:00pm - 8:30pm
On Forgetting: Scientists, Writers, and Memory

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Co-hosted by the UCSF Memory and Aging Center

Memory sits at the core of both literature and lives. Yet forgetting is also a part of our brains' daily working, bringing its own human truths and a necessary path for moving forward. Lewis Hyde's new A Primer for Forgetting: Getting Past the Past, provides inspiration for a deep-dive discussion of memory's other side, with this august panel of writers and neuroscientists. Featuring poets Jane Hirshfield and Margaret Gibson, author Lewis Hyde, and UCSF neuroscientists Aimee Kao, Joel Kramer, Bruce Miller, and Virginia Sturm. FREE, advance registration suggested

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Margaret Gibson

Margaret Gibson, current Connecticut Poet Laureate, is the author of 12 books of poetry, including Not Hearing the Wood Thrush (2018) and Broken Cup (2014), centered on memory loss from Alzheimer's and the gifts of sustaining presence through lament, acceptance, and love. She is... Read More →
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Lewis Hyde

Lewis Hyde’s recent book, A Primer for Forgetting (FSG, 2019), explores the many situations in which forgetfulness is more useful than memory—in myth, personal psychology, politics, art & spiritual life. A MacArthur Fellow, Hyde taught for many years at Kenyon College.
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Aimee Kao

Aimee Kao, MD, PhD, is a UCSF Associate Professor of Neurology. She has received the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation Distinguished Investigator Award in Neurodegenerative Diseases and the Glenn Award for Research in the Biological Mechanisms of Aging.
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Joel Kramer

Joel Kramer, PsyD, is a UCSF Professor of Neuropsychology and Director of the Memory and Aging Center Neuropsychology program. Dr. Kramer's research uses neuroimaging, neuropsychology, neuroimmunology, and genetics to study the underlying biological mechanisms of cognitive aging... Read More →
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Bruce L. Miller

Bruce L. Miller, MD, holds the Clausen Distinguished Professorship in Neurology at UCSF. Dr. Miller also co-directs the Global Brain Health Institute, working to reduce the social and personal impact of dementia around the world by training a new generation of leaders to translate... Read More →
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Virginia Sturm

Virginia Sturm, PhD, is an Associate Professor at UCSF in the Departments of Neurology and Psychiatry. Her research focuses on identifying the neural systems that support emotion and social behavior in neurodegenerative disease and neurodevelopmental disorders.
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Jane Hirshfield

Jane Hirshfield's ninth poetry collection, Ledger (Knopf), appears in 2020. Chancellor emerita of the Academy of American Poets and recently elected into the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, she works frequently at the intersection of poetry and science. Her work appears in... Read More →



Thursday October 17, 2019 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Genentech Hall UCSF Mission Bay Campus, 600 16th St.
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