The Importance of Music and Writing Will Be Highlighted at Upcoming Event

Columbia, Mo. (March 9, 2010) — “Words and Music: A Discussion with Dan Levitin and Tim Page” will examine the importance of music and writing and their relation to the human mind. The event will be held from 2-3:30 p.m. on Friday, March 12, in the Fred W. Smith Forum of the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism.

After short presentations, Levitin and Page will take questions from the audience on a wide range of topics. A book-signing session will immediately follow the event. Both Levitin and Page’s books will be available at the door for purchase.

The event is free and open to the public.

Dan Levitin, best-selling author of “This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession” and “The World in Six Songs: How The Musical Brain Created Human Nature” will bring his extensive knowledge as a neuroscientist, professional musician and music journalist to answer student questions about how music relates to brain functioning in disorders such as autism. His career includes working with some of music industry greats, including Blue Oyster Cult, Chris Isaak, Steely Dan, Stevie Wonder, Santana and The Grateful Dead.

As a Pulitzer Prize-winning music critic for The Washington Post, Tim Page is a veritable fountain of information on the topic of music writing. He recently published his memoir “Parallel Play: Growing Up With Undiagnosed Asperger’s” in 2009 and is an avid representative for those living with Asperger’s. Page is a professor of journalism and music at the University of Southern California.

The Missouri School of Journalism, Office of the Provost, Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, the Smith/Patterson Lecture Series, the Missouri School of Music and University of Missouri Extension are sponsors of the event.

Updated: May 7, 2020

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