Richard Kogan

Richard Kogan has a distinguished career both as a concert pianist and as a psychiatrist. A graduate of Juilliard and Harvard Medical School, he is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College and the Artistic Director of the Weill Cornell Music and Medicine Program. He has been praised for his “exquisite playing” by The New York Times and The Boston Globe wrote that “Kogan has somehow managed to excel at the world’s two most demanding professions.”

Dr. Kogan has gained renown for his lecture-recitals that explore the role of music in healing and the influence of psychological forces and psychiatric and medical illness on the creative output of composers such as Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Schumann, Rachmaninoff, Ravel, Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein and Scott Joplin. He has given these programs at medical conferences, music festivals, concert series, universities and other venues throughout the world. He has been the recipient of numerous awards and recorded the DVD “Music and the Mind” for Yamaha. Yo-Yo Ma wrote of this DVD “I came away from this extraordinary lecture and performance deeply moved by a fascinating presentation that only Richard Kogan, psychiatrist and concert pianist, can deliver.”

Dr. Kogan’s presentations are extraordinary, one of a kind performances. He tells vivid stories about famous composers who suffered from mental problems - frequent among highly creative people - while illustrating the composer’s work through magnificent playing of their musical masterpieces. From composers such as Tchaikovsky, Gershwin, Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann, Rachmaninoff and Scott Joplin, Dr. Kogan humanizes medicine as he shares an insight and journey into some of the most creative minds. Dr. Kogan will open your eyes to the symphony that is humanity, music and medicine.

Session: The Mind and Music of Chopin

Emily Dreyfuss

Senior Writer at WIRED, one of the top 10 technology news websites in the world. Reaching approximately 30 million people monthly, WIRED focuses on how emerging technologies impact breakthroughs and innovations in business, the economy, politics, security, science, design and culture. As Senior Writer at WIRED, Dreyfuss covers the intersection of technology and society, and is in a unique position to monitor trends, innovations and factors that influence the future. During the 2016 presidential election, she led WIRED's National Affairs coverage. Prior to that, she managed and edited WIRED Opinion and WIRED Security sections.

Peter Gray

Peter Gray is an American psychologist who currently occupies the position of research professor of psychology at Boston College. He is the author of a widely used introductory psychology textbook, Psychology, The book broke new ground when the first edition was published (in 1991) as the first general introductory psychology textbook that brought a Darwinian perspective to the entire field. He is also author of Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life and he writes a popular blog for Psychology Today magazine entitled Freedom to Learn.

Gray is a well-known critic of standard educational systems and is frequently invited to speak to groups of parents, educators, and researchers about children's needs for free play, the psychological damage inflicted on children through our present methods of schooling, and the ways in which children are designed, by natural selection, to control their own education. Along with a group of other concerned citizens, he has created a website, AlternativesToSchool.com aimed at helping families find alternative, more natural, routes to education.

Session: IF Play
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Timothy Harlan

Physician, chef, author and director of Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine at Tulane University. Dr. Timothy S. Harlan is a board certified internist, chef and author. He has written It’s Heartly FareHand on HeartThe Dr. Gourmet Diet for Coumadin Users and Just Tell Me What to Eat!; his best known book, Just tell me what to eat! : the delicious 6-week weight loss plan for the real world is in 491 libraries, according to worldCat. His work has been featured in The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal and on CNN, among other top-tier media outlets. Harlan won an Emmy award in 2002 for excellence in medical programming for his Dr. Gourmet Show television program.