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Music and memory is topic of Colloquium lecture

Thursday, October 11, 2012

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 lecture Nov. 8 by Camilla Townsend, Ph.D., professor of history at Rutgers University, who reexamines the familiar depiction of Pocahontas routinely recounted in historical narratives about colonial Virginia; and a lecture Dec. 4 by Patricia Hart, Ph.D., professor of Spanish and director of film studies at Purdue University, who explores the representation of trauma and memory in contemporary Spanish cinema.

For more information about the lecture, contact Lynda Sowbel, Ph.D., associate professor of social work, at sowbel@hood.edu.