Charles Knowlton Law & Liberal Arts Visiting Scholar Program


The Charles Knowlton Law and Liberal Arts Lecture will be held on Tuesday, February 20 at 5:00 in the Law School Auditorium.

Our speaker was Eric R. Kandel, M.D. of the University of Columbia, winner of the 2000 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine. The title of his talk is "We Are What We Remember: Memory and the Biological Basis of Individuality".

Eric R. Kandel, M.D., is University Professor at Columbia, Fred Kavli Professor and Director, Kavli Institute for Brain Sciences and a Senior Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. A graduate of Harvard College and N.Y.U. School of Medicine, Kandel trained in Neurobiology at the NIH and in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He joined the faculty of the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University in 1974 as the founding director of the Center for Neurobiology and Behavior.

Eric Kandel's research has been concerned with the molecular mechanisms of memory storage in Aplysia and mice. Kandel has received fifteen honorary degrees, is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences as well as the National Science Academies of Germany and France. He has been recognized with the Albert Lasker Award, the Heineken Award of the Netherlands, the Gairdner Award of Canada, the Wolf Prize of Israel, the National Medal of Science USA and the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 2000.

For Dr. Kandel's autobiography see

The Knowlton visiting scholar program had three major events: the lecture on Tuesday, a program for students on Wednesday morning, and an interdisciplinary seminar for faculty from law and other departments at lunch on Wednesday.

Scenes from the 2007 Lecture