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2017-2018 Cultural Enhancement Series Event Information

Paul Alan Cox Ph.D. |February 13, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. in Van Meter Hall

Ethnobotany and the Search for new ALS & Alzheimer’s Drugs in Remote Villages

The ethnobotanical search for new drugs has succeeded, in the past, in facilitating the discovery of some of our most important pharmaceuticals, including Digitalis for atrial fibrillation, Vincristine for pediatric leukemia, and Pilocarpine for glaucoma. Recently, ethnobotanical explorations of island villages with high rates of ALS- and Alzheimer’stype diseases has yielded new insights into environmental toxins that trigger brain tangles and plaques in vulnerable individuals. Conversely, ethnobotanical analysis of island villages that have no record of neurodegenerative illness has yielded startling new insights into the role that diet can play in disease prevention. These ethnobotanical hypothesis have now been rigorously tested, both in vitro and in vivo, as well as in human clinical trials that show great promise for slowing and hopefully preventing these serious brain diseases.

Books available for purchase in lobby before and after the event. There will be a book signing after the event.

Meet Dr. Paul Alan Cox: https://vimeo.com/225049843

Dr. Cox's TEDx Talk - Secrets to ALS, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Disease: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jWi6WQQ9wo

Southwest Magazine Article about Dr. Cox: “Flying Foxes, Caribbean Monkeys, a Tiny Laboratory in a Wyoming Cabin, and a Young Mormon Missionary Who Became a Samoan Chief Before Pursuing One of Life’s Greatest Medical Mysteries” – page 54:  https://issuu.com/southwestmag/docs/sept2016_f79803a2c97a2d

Artwork by Jonathan Barlett

Daniel Levitin |March 5, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. in Van Meter Hal

Neuroscientist, musician, and author of This is Your Brain on Music

Daniel Levitin is the author of three consecutive #1 bestselling books: This Is Your Brain on Music, The World in Six Songs and The Organized Mind. He is Founding Dean of Arts & Humanities at the Minerva Schools at KGI in San Francisco. He is also a Distinguished Faculty Fellow at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, and James McGill Professor Emeritus of Neuroscience and Music at McGill University.

Books available for purchase in lobby before and after the event. There will be a book signing after the event.

daniel levitin photo by peter prato

Alan Tieger| April 2, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. CST in Gary Ransdell Hall Auditorium

Alan Tieger received his BA degree from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1972 and his JD degree from Santa Clara University in 1975. He served as a federal prosecutor in the Civil Rights Division Criminal Section of the United States Department of Justice from 1987 to 1994, prosecuting cases of racial violence and police brutality nationwide, including the Rodney King case. In 1994, he was seconded by the Justice Department to serve until the end of 1996 as a Trial Attorney in the newly-formed Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. He returned to the Tribunal in 2001, where he continues to serve as a Senior Prosecuting Trial Attorney. Mr. Tieger has the distinction of having been involved in both the ICTY's first trial of Duško Tadić and the Tribunal's final trial of Ratko Mladić. He also served as Senior Prosecuting Trial Attorney in Prosecutor v. Karadžić, Prosecutor v. Krajišnik, Prosecutor v. Plavšić, Prosecutor v. Gotovina, et al. and Prosecutor v. Mrda.

Given his extensive involvement in trials of Bosnian war criminals, Mr. Tieger, in conjunction with WKU’s International Year of Bosnia and Herzegovina, will give a talk titled “Bosnia and International Justice."

ICTY Courtroom


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