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Kent State University at Stark to Host Memory Champion and Author Joshua Foer

Posted Mar. 26, 2012
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Freelance science journalist and author
Joshua Foer will speak at Kent State Stark
on April 17, which rounds off its 2011-2012
Featured Speaker Series.

Kent State University at Stark will close the 2011-12 season of its popular Featured Speakers Series with Joshua Foer’s presentation of Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything. The event will be held on Tuesday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the Timken Great Hall, located in The University Center at Kent State Stark, 6000 Frank Ave. NW, in Jackson Township.

Tickets are required for this free Featured Speakers Series lecture. Tickets may be obtained by visiting the Kent State Stark Information Desk in Main Hall, beginning Monday, March 26, at 8 a.m., while supplies last. A limit of four tickets will be distributed per person. Phone reservations will not be accepted.

Named “One of the 10 People Who Could Change the World” by The New Statesman, freelance science journalist Foer attended the United States Memory Championship to report on the quirky subculture of competition memorizers. By interviewing competitors, he learned that it was possible for the average person to greatly enhance their memory through age-old techniques. Intrigued, he trained intensively and entered the competition the next year, emerging as the 2006 U.S. Memory Champion. Foer’s unlikely journey into the world of mnemonic skill is chronicled in his 2011 bestselling book, Moonwalking with Einstein. For audiences, he details the science and history of memorization, sharing how each of us can overcome personal limitations by using ancient techniques to unlock the brain’s potential.

For more information about Kent State Stark’s Featured Speakers Series, contact Cynthia Williams at 330-244-3262 or cdwillia@kent.edu or visit www.stark.kent.edu/about/events/featuredspeakers.