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The Original Thinkers Series: A Conversation About Oliver Sacks

October 21, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm  |  Music Center Recital Hall


Please note a recent change to our lineup: Peabody Award-wining journalist and producer Nikki Silva (Porter, ’73) and Cowell College Provost Alan Christy will engage Ren Weschler in conversation about Oliver Sacks. Robert Krulwich is unable to join us this evening. Please enjoy this recent Kitchen Sisters episode of The Keepers featuring Ren Weschler.

And How Are You, Dr. Sacks? is a biographical memoir about Oliver Sacks written by Ren Weschler (Cowell ’74). 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 which Ren, with this book, turns back on the good doctor himself.

Monday, October 21, 7:00–9:00 p.m.

Music Center Recital Hall, UC Santa Cruz

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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, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm