Conversations on Cajal

In conjunction with the exhibition The Beautiful Brain: The Drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal


Conversations on Cajal

Monday, March 26, 4:00-5:45 pm

Jerome L. Greene Science Center (9th floor lecture hall)


Join Zuckerman Institute visiting scientist Larry Swanson, PhD, and author Ben Ehrlich for an interdisciplinary look at the life and work of Santiago Ramón y Cajal. With introductions by Carol Mason, PhD. Reception to follow.

Dr. Swanson will reflect on why Cajal’s research on the nervous system was so revolutionary at the time, and why it still has great relevance today. He will conclude with thoughts on future revolutions in neuroscience. Mr. Ehrlich will touch on the personal, social, artistic, political, and historical influences on the development of Cajal’s science. He will deconstruct Cajal’s vision of the brain, rooted in his place and time yet enduring in our own. He will tie examples from a multitude of disciplines to the way neuroscientists see the brain.

Faculty Host: Carol Mason, PhD, Professor of Pathology and Cell Biology, Neuroscience and Ophthalmic Science (in Ophthalmology); Principal Investigator and Chair of Interschool Planning at Columbia’s Zuckerman Institute.


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Drawing by Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Ink and pencil on paper, 5 x 8 1/8 in. Cajal Institute (CSIC), Madrid

Starts 3/26/18 4:00 pm
Ends 3/26/18 5:45 pm
Participants Larry Swanson, Benjamin Ehrlich, Carol Mason
Location Jerome L. Greene Science Center (9th floor lecture hall)
Cost Free of charge


Program Types: Conversation