Open Books - Open Minds

The Fourth Annual Open Books – Open Minds
Student Conference

Friday - April 10, 2015
Alger 110
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Conference Theme: Music and the Brain
Keynote Lecture and Performance, Alger 110, following lunch: “Movement and Music,” William Evans, Artistic Director of Bill Evans Dance Company, Professor of Dance, Dean College
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2014-2015 Common Book Selection

Musicophilia : Tales of Music and the Brain

by Oliver Sacks (Knopf 2007)

Drawing on the individual experiences of patients, musicians, composers, and everyday people, the author explores the complex human response to music, detailing the full range of human reactions to music, what goes on and can go wrong when we listen to music, and how music can affect those suffering from a variety of ailments.

Adobe PDFMusicophilia Reading Notes

The Open Books-Open Minds Committee is pleased to announce that the 2015-16 common book is:

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz (2007)

“Things have never been easy for Oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight, lovesick Dominican ghetto nerd. From his home in New Jersey, where he lives with his old-world mother and rebellious sister, Oscar dreams of becoming the Dominican J. R. R. Tolkien and, most of all, of finding love. But he may never get what he wants, thanks to the fukú - the curse that has haunted Oscar's family for generations, dooming them to prison, torture, tragic accidents, and, above all, ill-starred love. Oscar, still waiting for his first kiss, is just its most recent victim. Diaz immerses us in the tumultuous life of Oscar and the history of the family at large, rendering with genuine warmth and dazzling energy, humor, and insight the Dominican-American experience, and, ultimately, the endless human capacity to persevere in the face of heartbreak and loss” (Riverhead Books).

Buy your books and stay tuned for more information on next year’s programs.

In the meantime, we still have plenty of Musicophilia left:

Upcoming Events

March 17 : Film Screening of Alive Inside. 4:00-6:00 pm. Fortes Room, Adams Library.

An uplifting cinematic exploration of music and the mind, Alive Inside’s inspiration and emotional story left audiences humming, clapping and cheering at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award.

April 10: The Fourth Annual Open Books – Open Minds Student Conference, inspired by Oliver Sack’s Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain
Friday, April 10, 2015, Alger 110, 8 am to 4 pm
Featuring Keynote performative lecture on Movement and Music:
William Evans, Artistic Director of the Bill Evans Dance Company and Summer Institutes; Professor of Dance and Artist in Residence, Palladino School of Dance at Dean College; Winner of the 2010 Dance Teacher Lifetime Achievement Award.

Call for papers, panels, poster sessions: Adobe PDF

March 19: Spring Proposals Deadline.

April 2: OBOM Writing Awards Deadline. Winners will receive cash prizes, and papers will be archived by the Adams Library on Digital Commons.

For questions please contact co-chairs, Zubeda Jalalzai ( or Anita Duneer (

Reference Department student assistant,
Hector Nunez in the OBOM Book Nook

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