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Woods Lectures

J. James Woods Lecture Series

The "Woods" Series was established by a generous gift from the estate of J. James Woods. The goal of the Woods bequest is to bring prominent mathematicians and scientists to Butler University in order to speak on theories at the frontier of their disciplines, as well as on related technologies and other issues of public concern.

The 2019–2020 Season is announced! See our entire 2019–2020 Woods Series Schedule.

Indre Viskontas

Indre Viskontas

How Music Can Make You Better

Tuesday, December 10, 2019, 7:30 PM, Shelton Auditorium, Butler South Campus

Indre Viskontas is a sought-after science communicator across all mediums including hosting the popular science podcast Inquiring Minds, which boasts more than 7 million downloads. Combining a passion for music with scientific curiosity, she is affectionately known as Dr. Dre by her students at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she is pioneering the application of neuroscience to musical training, and at the University of San Francisco, where she is an Assistant Professor of Psychology. As a scientist, Dr. Viskontas has published more than 50 original papers and chapters related to the neural basis of memory and creativity, including several seminal articles in top scientific journals.

She received a BSc in Psychology and French Literature from the University of Toronto, an MM degree in Vocal Performance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience at UCLA. 


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All Woods Lectures are free and open to the public—no tickets required.