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"Your Brain, Its Language and Its Politics" Lecture to be Held at Pomona College

Cognitive science and linguistics expert George Lakoff will deliver a lecture on “Your Brain, Its Language and Its Politics,” examining recent scientific findings about the brain and mind that are not widely known, but have a major impact on politics. This lecture will be held at Pomona College on Friday, March 26 at 4:15 p.m., followed by a reception. This event is free and open to the public.

Lakoff, a professor at UC Berkeley for 38 years, has published widely. His most recent book, The Political Mind: A Cognitive Scientist’s Guide to Your Brain and Its Politics (2008), details cognitive science discoveries and what the results reveal about human reason. The San Francisco Chronicle praised The Political Mind as “Unyielding, provocative, ambitious, filled with fascinating scientific research, [it] is apt to find a receptive audience among citizens who hunger for a new progressive renaissance.”

In addition to his academic work, Lakoff blogs for The Huffington Post, and is actively involved with progressive politics, citizens’ groups, activists, and policy makers, offering his counsel and helping strategize. In the fall of 2009, he introduced a California ballot initiative, the “California Democracy Act,” a one-sentence proposition: All legislative actions on revenue and budget must be determined by majority vote.

His lecture will be held in Rose Hills Theatre (Pomona College, Smith Campus Center, (170 E. Sixth St., Claremont), and the reception will follow in Smith Campus Center, Room 201 (170 E. Sixth St., Claremont). For further information, call (909) 607-7025 or e-mail tmaclean@pitzer.edu.

This event is presented by the Pomona Department of Media Studies and Intercollegiate Media Studies of the Claremont Colleges, selected for the annual Pinkel Media Studies Lecture, established by a gift from Professor Sheila Pinkel in honor of her parents, Benjamin and Anne A. Pinkel.

The Media Studies Program at Pomona College offers a liberal arts approach to the formal study of various kinds of media: film, video, television, print and broadcast journalism, the Internet and other electronic means of communication.

Pomona College is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts institutions, offering a comprehensive program in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Its hallmarks include small classes, close relationships between students and faculty and a range of opportunities for student research.