INSIDE Chico State
0 February 10, 2000
Volume 30 Number 12
  A publication for the faculty, staff, administrators, and friends of California State University, Chico




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Emminent Surgeon/Author to Speak:
Literacy and Brain Development

Leonard Shlain (photo HFA)
Leonard Shlain (photo HFA)

Leonard Shlain, author of The Alphabet Versus the Goddess: The Conflict Between Word and Image and Art & Physics: Parallel Visions in Space, Time, and Light, will speak on February 15 in Harlen Adams Theatre.

Shlain's book claims that the development of literacy -- the process of reading and writing -- fundamentally reconfigured the human brain, resulting in profound changes in history, religion, and gender relations.

Dr. Shlain, chair of Laparoscopic Surgery at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, shows why pre-literate cultures were principally informed by holistic, right-brained modes that venerated the Goddess, feminine, values, and images. According to Shlain's theory, and particularly alphabets, drove cultures toward linear, left-brain thinking.

The Washington Post Book Review called The Alphabet Versus the Goddess: The Conflict Between Word and Image, "Bold and fascinating." Shlain has been interviewed on PBS and given talks on his theories at Harvard University, the Smithsonian, the Salk Institute, and NASA. He has also appeared at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the National Art Educators Association, and the Aspen Institute.

Shlain's visit to Chico is sponsored by the College of Humanities and Fine Arts and the Department of Art and Art History.

See Calendar for details. -- Humanities and Fine Arts



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