Groundbreaking Neuroscientist Carl Hart to Discuss "High Price"


Groundbreaking Neuroscientist Carl Hart to Discuss "High Price"

EMPAC Concert Hall

September 30, 2014 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Dr. Carl Hart (author of High Price: A Neuroscientist’s Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know about Drugs and Society, a book that students are reading in HASS Inquiry) is a groundbreaking neuroscientist at Columbia University. His story of growing up in one of Miami’s toughest neighborhoods shaped his scientific work in drug addiction. He will be the first speaker in the HASS Inquiry Lecture series for fall semester 2014.

Carl Hart is Columbia University’s first tenured African American professor in the sciences. His research redefines understandings of addiction and drug effects. He regularly speaks about the need for science-based drug policy. In High Price, his scientific memoir, Hart interweaves past and present so as to lead his audience to re-examine ideas about drugs and pleasure, choice and motivation, brain and society. His findings shed new light on common ideas about race, poverty, and drugs. He explains current policy in accessible language and tirelessly applies his science to help save real lives and reflect on what it means to be an individual caught within a system of entrenched poverty and inequality.

Balancing his former street life with his achievements today has not been easy—and Hart reflects on this struggle in book, documentary, and follow-up speaking engagements. His is a powerful story of hope as he tries to change how we think about poverty, race, and addiction—and what each and every one of us can do about them.

Dr. Carl Hart is an Associate Professor of Clinical Neurobiology in the Department of Psychiatry and an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Psychology at Columbia University. He is also a Research Scientist in the Division of Substance Abuse at the New York State Psychiatric Institute.

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