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Book discussion with Dr. Carl Hart for his book “High Price”
March 8 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
High Price is the harrowing and inspiring memoir of neuroscientist Carl Hart, a man who grew up in one of Miami’s toughest neighborhoods and, determined to make a difference as an adult, tirelessly applies his scientific training to help save real lives.
Young Carl didn’t see the value of school, studying just enough to keep him on the basketball team. Today, he is a cutting-edge neuroscientist—Columbia University’s first tenured African American professor in the sciences—whose landmark, controversial research is redefining our understanding of addiction.
In this provocative and eye-opening memoir, Dr. Carl Hart recalls his journey of self-discovery, how he escaped a life of crime and drugs and avoided becoming one of the crack addicts he now studies. Interweaving past and present, Hart goes beyond the hype as he examines the relationship between drugs and pleasure, choice, and motivation, both in the brain and in society. His findings shed new light on common ideas about race, poverty, and drugs, and explain why current policies are failing.
*We encourage all participants to become familiar with Dr. Hart’s work and be willing to voluntarily engage in discussion.
For the Spring 2017 Semester the Directly Impacted Group (DIG) will be hosting Bi-Weekly book review for the Columbia Community. DIG is an organization founded under the Center for Justice at Columbia University.
The mission of DIG is to provide support and advocate for formerly incarcerated students, staff, faculty and directly impacted family members on campus. The goal of these events will be to explore topics related to incarceration and social justice.