Interdisciplinary conference on memory scheduled, Oct. 26-27

October 17, 2017

National experts from the fields of cognitive psychology, Alzheimer’s research, Judaic studies, history, literary studies, art history and philosophy will present papers from their individual disciplinary perspectives during a conference on memory at Wayne State University October 26-27.

Wayne State’s Emeritus Academy, in conjunction with the university’s Institute of Gerontology, the Academy of Scholars and the Cohn-Haddow Judaic Studies Center, is sponsoring the interdisciplinary conference.

Keynote speakers will include:

  • Jacob Lassner, emeritus professor of history and religious studies of Northwestern University, who will speak on “Middle East Revolutions and History Memory: Is there a ‘right side of history’?’
  • Benjamin Hampstead, professor at the University of Michigan, who will speak on the topic “Using Functional Neuropsychological Knowledge to Enhance Memory in Aging and Dementia” 
  • Craig Dionne, professor at Eastern Michigan University, who will speak on “Evolutionary Psychology and Memory in William Shakespeare’s King Lear”

In addition, nine Wayne State University faculty members will present papers treating the topic within the context of their individual fields of study.

The conference will take place from 1 to 4:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, in Wayne State University’s McGregor Memorial Conference Center, and from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27, in the Community Room of Wayne State’s David Adamany Undergraduate Library. Members of the university community and the general public are invited. There is no fee for attendance.

For further information, contact Arthur F. Marotti, director, Wayne State University Emeritus Academy, at or 313-577-2490, or visit