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.
Free and open to the public, but RSVP is required via EventBrite.
Welcoming remarks from David Freedberg, Pierre Matisse Professor of the History of Art and Director of the Italian Academy, Columbia University and Pamela Smith, Seth Low Professor of History and Chair of the Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience program, Columbia University.