"All things are ready, if our mind be so"
-William Shakespeare, Henry V
The symposium will explore the theme of Shakespeare and the Brain from the perspective of neuroscientists, literature scholars, and thespians.
There will be talks from Kelly Hunter, actor, director and creator of the Hunter Heartbeat Method, a technique which uses Shakespeare’s rhythmic language to help children with autism to communicate; Professor Rodrigo Quian Quiroga, Professor of Systems Neuroscience and author of Borges and Memory, linking the thoughts of Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges with memory research in neuroscience; and Dr Tom MacFaul, a St Edmund Hall lecturer in Renaissance poetry and drama. We are also delighted to welcome actor and Oxford alumnus Roland Oliver who will perform some readings.
Tea and coffee will be provided throughout the afternoon, and a drinks reception will be held at the end of the symposium.
The symposium is free and open to all. We welcome undergraduates, postgraduates, parents, academics, scientist, artists and anyone with an interest in Shakespeare or the brain.