Dear Earth Talk
Birdsongs, Music, and the Brain
Featuring Michael Lewis and Dr. Hector Rasgado-Flores
Sunday, April 7
Opening Reception for Invitation to Joy: 1-3 p.m.
Dear Earth Talk: 3-4 p.m.
Join us as we open our next exhibition: Invitation to Joy. This stunning collection of work by Michael Lewis features photography of birds across all seven continents, each picture telling a story and capturing the personality of its subject. The opening will be followed by the next installment of our Dear Earth series, featuring Michael Lewis and Dr. Hector Rasgado-Flores of Rosalind Franklin University in North Chicago. Join us to learn more about Invitation to Joy, the artist behind the work, and the science behind the impact of music and birdsong on the brain, including some musical performance! This talk will run from 3 – 4 pm.
Dr. Hector Rasgado-Flores is Professor at the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in North Chicago. He received a Masters in Neurosciences at the CINVESTAV (Mexico) and a Doctorate at the CINVESTAV and the University of Maryland. He also studied Piano performance and composition at the National School of Music (UNAM). His scientific research is on membrane transport, cell volume regulation, Cystic Fibrosis and the effects of music on brain function. This research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, The American Heart Association, Novartis Pharmaceuticals and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. He was commissioned to write a symphony for the American Physiological Society about the human physiology. He was also commissioned to write by the Colegio Nacional (Mexico) a Suite for piano about the Chemical Elements ("Suite Los Elementos"). These works have been performed in the U.S., Mexico and Europe. As a promoter of the education of Hispanics in the U.S., he developed the INSPIRE program. This program aims to bring under-represented minority students to higher education.
Michael Lewis is an orthopedic surgeon at the Illinois Bone and Joint Institute. He has been Chief of Staff at NorthShore University HealthSystem, Skokie Hospital. He also was named best teacher of the year at Rush University Medical Center. He has also been an orthopedic consultant to the Chicago White Sox baseball team, the Chicago Wolves hockey team, and the Chicago Bulls basketball team, with whom he earned two championship rings. He started taking photographs more than forty years ago when he was stationed in the United Kingdom as an orthopedic surgeon in the United States Air Force. At that time, he was able to travel throughout Europe, as well as East Africa, Nepal and India. Since then, his images have been published in a number of books and magazines, and have been shown in several galleries and exhibitions, including Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts; the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, California; the Chicago Cultural Center in Chicago, Illinois; and Children’s Hospital of Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts.
Tickets are $15/BCRW Members, $20/non-members, $5/students. Exhibition will be on display through May 11th.