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MLA Lecture Series: "Rhythm"

This year's theme will explore the fundamental role of rhythm in the human body, the clinical applications of rhythm in song and dance, the power of rhythm in poetry, and rhythmic forms that drive French film.

From the rise and fall of our breath to the rise and fall of the sun, rhythm structures our lives, is a source of healing, and provides a framework for creativity. Join us this February as we explore the fundamental role of rhythm in the human body, the clinical applications of rhythm in song and dance, the power of rhythm in poetry, and rhythmic forms that drive French film.

Free and open to the public, the series is sponsored by University College, the professional and continuing education division in Arts & Sciences. 

Seating is limited and RSVPs are requested. Lectures may be attended individually or in the entire series. 

Topics and faculty speakers:

February 3
McMillan Hall, room G052

Not the Same Old Song and Dance: Rhythm and Parkinson Disease 
Gammon Earhart, PT, PhD, Program in Physical Therapy, Washington University in St. Louis 
Elinor Harrison, BA, Program in Physical Therapy, Washington University in St. Louis

February 10
McMillan Hall, room G052

Rhythm à la française: How French Filmmakers Reinvented ‘Musical’ Perception
Colin Burnett, PhD, Assistant Professor, Film & Media Studies, Washington University in St. Louis

February 17
McMillan Hall, room G052

Rhythm in Natural Language
Brett Hyde, PhD, Associate Professor, Philosophy, Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology, and Linguistics, Washington University in St. Louis

*Note: due to a scheduling conflict, the speaker and topic was changed to the above information.

February 24
McMillan Hall, room G052

Tempo and Harmonics: Orchestrating Circadian Rhythms in Tissues throughout the Body
Michael Hughes, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Washington University in St. Louis

Directions & Parking

Free parking is available in the Millbrook Garage in yellow spaces on the Danforth campus without a permit on the weekends. which is just north of McMillen Hall on Throop Drive. Accessible entrances are available on the north entrance from Throop Drive and the south entrance from inner campus.

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