Past Speakers

Vivekanand Vimal
Ashton Graybiel Spatial Orientation Laboratory, Brandeis University
Sept. 15

Vivekanand VimalVivekanand Pandey Vimal is a neuroscientist who explores the effects of gravitational cues on humans' ability to learn to balance. His research relies on data from experiments using the Multi-Axes Rotation and Tilt Device at the Ashton Graybiel Spatial Orientation Laboratory. He has published findings from this work in the journals Experimental Brain Research and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. He has also been recognized by the American Association for the Advancement of Science for his work in science education, winning an award for his digital media project dedicated to "building bridges between science and human rights." For this workshop, Dr. Vimal discussed ethical dimensions of scientific practice and his recent publication titled "Learning Dynamic Balancing in the Roll Plane with and without Gravitational Cues."

Michael Jackson
Distinguished Professor of World Religions, Harvard University
Oct. 6

Michael D. JacksonMichael D. Jackson is an anthropologist and creative writer who has published over thirty books of ethnography, poetry, and memoir, embracing innovative approaches to fiction and non-fiction alike. Since 1969 he has conducted research among the Kuranko of Sierra Leone, the Warlpiri and Kuku-Yalanji of Australia, and African migrants in Europe. His theoretical contributions involve the application of pragmatist and critical approaches to ethnographic understandings of the human experience, including the development of existential anthropology. In addition to his extensive publication record, he has held teaching positions across the globe at Indiana University, the University of Sydney, the University of Copenhagen, and Harvard University. For more information about his work, visit his website. For our workshop, Professor Jackson shared and discussed with the Brandeis community an upcoming manuscript, entitled "Words and Deeds," concerning the various actions that words and silence can take.