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Evanston Harper Lecture with Susan Goldin-Meadow: Hearing Gesture: How Our Hands Help Us Think
Includes program and refreshments 6:00–7:00 p.m. Registration and reception 7:00–8:30 p.m. Presentation and discussion

Cost: $20 General Admission
Registration Required: Click Here to Register

We often use gestures when explaining a complex topic, but we also move our hands when simply chatting. These spontaneous hand movements are not random; they reflect our thoughts. Children who are on the verge of mastering a task advertise that fact in their gestures. Listeners glean information from such movements, often subconsciously. Susan Goldin-Meadow will discuss the relation between language and thought, interests she explores through the study of gestures--the gestures we all produce when we talk and what they tell us about how we think.

Susan Goldin-Meadow is the Beardsley Ruml Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago, where she is a member of the Departments of Psychology and Comparative Human Development and of the Committee on Education. Goldin-Meadow is the founding editor of Language Learning and Development; former associate editor of Developmental Psychology, Applied Psycholinguistics, and Cognitive Science; and current associate editor of Gesture. She served on the advisory council for the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communicative Disorders at the National Institutes of Health and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2005.

To learn more about the topic, watch a brief interview with Susan Goldin-Meadow and read about the recently launched Center for Gesture, Sign, and Language.

Purchase Susan Goldin-Meadow’s book, Hearing Gesture: How Our Hands Help Us Think. A limited number of books will also be available for purchase at the Harper Lecture.
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Event Information
Thursday, Apr 24 2014 at 6:00pm - 8:30pm [ iCal ]
Hilton Garden Inn
1818 Maple Ave.
Evanston, IL 60201