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Colloquium opens spring series

Monday, February 4, 2013

FREDERICK, Md.—The therapeutic potential of digital technology and personalized music for patients suffering from Alzheimer's Disease and other forms of dementia is the topic of a lecture Feb. 19 at 12:45 p.m. in the Whitaker Campus Center at Hood College.

The event, which was originally scheduled in October but postponed due to Hurricane Sandy, is sponsored by the College's annual Center for the Humanities colloquium series, which is funded in part by a National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant.

Dan Cohen, executive director and founder of Music and Memory, will discuss the power of music to improve the quality of life, stimulate memory and enhance mental functioning for the millions who are plagued with Alzheimer's and other memory-robbing conditions. The nonprofit organization provides free iPods programmed with songs that patients not only enjoy but also aid in triggering positive memories from their past.

Future colloquium events include a talk March 4 by historian Adam Arenson, who will discuss the role played by the American West in the Civil War; a screening of GULAG 113, a documentary that follows a survivor of the Soviet GULAG system as he journeys from his home in Canada to revisit key locations in the Soviet Union; and on April 16, the celebrated Baltimore craft artist Joyce C. Scott, guest speaker for the annual Rosenfeld Family Lecture, will trace her 30-year journey as a visual and performance artist.

For more information about the colloquium, contact Rebecca Prime, Ph.D., Sophia M. Libman NEH Professor of the Humanities, at prime@hood.edu.