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The Original Thinkers Series: A Conversation About Oliver Sacks featuring Radiolab’s Robert Krulwich and Ren Weschler


October 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Two journalists reflect on their longtime mutual friend, Oliver Sacks. And How Are You, Dr. Sacks? is a biographical memoir about Oliver Sacks written by Ren Weschler. It is the definitive portrait of Sacks as our preeminent romantic scientist, a self-described “clinical ontologist” whose entire practice revolved around the single fundamental question he effectively asked each of his patients: How are you? A question that Ren, with this book, turns back on the good doctor himself. Joining Ren is Radiolab’s Robert Krulwich, who spent decades in deep and delightful conversation with frequent guest Sacks on topics ranging from music to hallucinations and the human experience.

Monday, October 21, 7:00–9:00 p.m.

Music Center Recital Hall, UC Santa Cruz

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Robert Krulwich

Robert Krulwich

Robert Krulwich is a science correspondent for NPR and co-host of the Peabody Award–winning program Radiolab. Robert won an Emmy Award for his investigative work on privacy and the Internet, as well as for his ABC special on Barbie. He lives in New York with his wife, Tamar Lewin, a national reporter for The New York Times.

Lawrence (Ren) Weschler

Lawrence (Ren) Weschler

A graduate of Cowell College (1974), Ren Weschler writes in LitHub about his earliest awareness of Sacks. Ren was a staff writer for more than 20 years (1981–2002) at The New Yorker. The director emeritus of the NY Institute for the Humanities at NYU, Ren is also the author of more than 20 books, including Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonder and Vermeer in Bosnia.


University of California Santa Cruz

Cowell College - UCSC

The Humanities Institute - UCSC



October 21
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm