TUESDAY, May 5th, 2009 at 8:00 p.m.


Eric R. Kandel, M.D.,
University Professor at Columbia University and Kavli Professor of Brain Science in Neuroscience

Uncovering the Unconscious: the Vienna School of Medicine and the Origins of Austrian Expressionism

In my lecture I will interweave several intellectually and chronologically connected conceptual advances related to the dialogue between science and art. The major advance which I will consider centers on Vienna 1900 and concerns the independent discovery of different aspects of unconscious emotion by Freud, a physician and psychologist, by Schnitzler, a physician and novelist and by Klimt, Kokoschka, and Schiele, the three major painters of the Austrian School of Expressionism. This discovery proved a major turning point in modern thought. It redefined the nature of the self in relation to a person’s unconscious as well as conscious life. But it also altered the relationship of the individual to society and society’s view of the sexual nature of human beings: women and men alike.

I trace those independent discoveries by Freud, Schnitzler, Klimt, Kokoschka, and Schiele to a common source: the Vienna School of Medicine, particularly the teachings of Rokitansky, its intellectual and scientific leader.

Eric R. Kandel, M.D., is University Professor at Columbia, Fred Kavli Professor and Director, Kavli Institute for Brain Science and a Senior Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. A graduate of Harvard College and N.Y.U. School of Medicine, Kandel trained in Neurobiology at the NIH and in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He joined the faculty of the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University in 1974 as the founding director of the Center for Neurobiology and Behavior. At Columbia Kandel organized the neuroscience curriculum. He is an editor of Principles of Neural Science, the standard textbook in the field. He recently has written a book on the brain for the general public entitled In Search of Memory: The Emergence of a New Science of Mind.

Eric Kandel’s research has been concerned with the molecular mechanisms of memory storage in Aplysia and mice. More recently, he has studied animal models in mice of memory disorders and mental illness. Kandel has received eighteen honorary degrees, is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences as well as the National Science Academies of Germany and France. He has been recognized with the Albert Lasker Award, the Heineken Award of the Netherlands, the Gairdner Award of Canada, the Wolf Prize of Israel, the National Medal of Science USA and the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 2000.

Jeffrey Lieberman, M.D.,
Lawrence C. Kolb Chairman of Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Medicine, Lieber Professor of Psychiatry

will be introducing Dr. Eric Kandel

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The George E. Daniels Merit Award
will be presented to John Munder Ross, Ph.D.