Saturday February 22, 2014 @8pm - Free. This Brain Café will ask questions about the roles that race and class play in shaping one’s interactions with law enforcement and the criminal justice system in America.
April 18, 2013 @ 7:30pm Freedom Project Brain Café will examine issues related to incarceration such as the disproportionate number of prisoners of color in the prison system; and the prison system's default role as society’s solution to addiction and other mental health issues. The evening will also include poetry and personal stories from a Providence native who grew up in the prison system.
The Brain Café is an evening of dialogue at the intersections of neuroscience, medicine, and the arts. It brings together scientists, clinicians, artists, and community members to share their knowledge and experiences. This Brain Café focused on Locked-in Syndrome. It featured the story of Margaret Worthen who suffered a brain Stem stroke when she was 22. Our science presenter was John Simeral Ph.D., a researcher with BrainGate a laboratory at Brown that is developing human/computer interface technology that will someday allow people like Margaret to communicate and control robotic devices.