PUTNEY -- Two free lectures by experts in the field of learning disabilities will be offered on June 24 and June 27 as part of the 2014 Summer Institute at Landmark College. The theme of this year is "Cerebrodiversity: Working from Strengths."
Thomas G. West will give the keynote address on Tuesday, June 24, at 7:30 p.m. He will speak about the unmatched creative, problem-solving gifts that can accompany dyslexia. West is the author of "In the Mind’s Eye" and "Thinking Like Einstein." Both books herald the increased need for visual thinking skills in the age of computer graphics, and they describe the visual thinking strengths of creative geniuses including Einstein, Tesla, Churchill, daVinci, and others.
On Friday, June 27, at 1:15 p.m., special guest speaker Dr. Albert Galaburda will give a talk titled "From Genes to Reading: What’s New on the Horizon and Will It help Dyslexics." He will present current findings on dyslexia from research in genetics, neurology, and behavior. Galaburda is the chief of behavioral neurology at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. He is a frequent guest lecturer at Boston area universities and the author of over 100 scientific publications, many of which focus on the genetics and neurology of dyslexia.
Both of these free talks will take place in the Brooks M. O’Brien Auditorium in the East Academic Building at Landmark College, 19 River Road South.