Brain Cafés

Everett’s Brain Cafés are a series of free presentations that create a dialogue at the intersection of neuroscience, medicine and the arts. They bring together scientists, clinicians, artists, and community members to share their knowledge and experiences in an open dialogue with the audience.

Nueroscience 101

January 27, 2011

Your brain on tap, neuroscience 101, the BRAIN STORM process, your story on the brain. The brain cafe with guests tap dancer Brian Jones neuroscientist John Stein and you the audience. Come to the brain cafe the last Thursday of every month. Be part of our creative process as we share the ideas and questions that are driving the creation of our new piece, BRAIN STORM. These informal evenings will include performance and interaction with people from the science, medical and art worlds.

John Stein Part 1

John Stein Part 2

Number Score Improvisation

Sokeo & Brian Improv Duet

Brian Jones Performance

Post Traumatic Stress

February 24, 2011

A discussion of the intersections between Neuroscience, Medicine and the Arts – Free Admission The Brain Café is a monthly event bringing audiences into the creative development process of Everett Dance Theatres new piece Brain Storm, which explores the latest developments in Neuroscience, and how they will affect us all. This months topics include Memory and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Featured speaker Mark Gapen, PhD, from the Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute in Boston, will discuss and demonstrate Neurofeedback as a treatment for PTSD. Lisa Peck will discuss her experiences with PTSD, and act as a subject for Dr. Gapenas demonstration. Everett Dance Theatre will share some of the research they have been doing on the neuroscientific basis of memory, and demonstrate ways they deconstruct personal stories in order to place them in a theatrical context.

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Ari's Story

Mark Gapen

Locked-in Syndrome

March 31, 2011

This monthly forum creates a dialogue at the intersection of neuroscience, medicine and the arts, while bringing the community into the creative development process for Everett Dance Theatre’s new multimedia performance piece Brain Storm. Guest presenters have included researchers and doctors in the field of neuroscience, as well as people whose lives are affected by a brain-related disorder. Everett performs excerpts from their rehearsal process, and audience members are encouraged to engage in a dialogue with the presenters, asking questions and sharing information. 

This month, Beata Jarosiewicz, Ph.D., will talk about her work as part of the BrainGate Research team at Brown. The BrainGate System allows people to control a computer cursor simply by thinking about the movement of their hand. Nancy Worthen will share stories of her and her daughter Margaret’s journey. In 2006, just a week before her college graduation, a stroke left Margaret paralyzed and unable to communicate. Everett will show sketches of scenes based on their story featuring a poem written for Margaret by poet Richard Benjamin.

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may 26, 2011

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Visual Perception and the Brain

april 28, 2011

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The Brain Café Series was made possible through major funding support from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, an independent state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.