Distinguished authors to lead discussion on words, music at MU

Tuesday, March 9, 2010 | 5:47 p.m. CST; updated 6:17 p.m. CST, Tuesday, March 9, 2010

COLUMBIA — Dan Levitin and Tim Page trace the effects of music on the human mind.

The authors will participate in the "Words and Music" interactive panel, which will examine the importance of music and writing and its relation to the human mind Friday from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Fred W. Smith Forum at the MU School of Journalism. The event is part of the Sixth Annual MU Life Sciences and Society Symposium. Following short presentations, Levitin and Page will field questions on a wide range of topics from the audience. A book signing will immediately follow the event. The event is free and open to the public.

Levitin, best-selling author of "This is Your Brain on Music," "The Science of a Human Obsession" and "The World in Six Songs," brings his extensive knowledge as a neuroscientist, professional musician and music journalist to answer questions on how music relates to brain functioning in disorders such as autism. Levitin has experience working with Blue Oyster Cult, Chris Isaak, Steely Dan, Stevie Wonder, Santana and The Grateful Dead.

Page worked as a Pulitzer Prize-winning music critic for the Washington Post and brings a pervasive knowledge of information on music writing as a professor of journalism and music at the University of Southern California. Page published his memoir "Parallel Play: Growing Up with Undiagnosed Asperger’s" in 2009.

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