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Steven Pinker, noted Harvard psychologist and cognition expert, to inaugurate Distinguished Lecture series

Photo: Steven PinkerSteven Pinker, the Johnstone Professor of Psychology at Harvard University and a world-renowned linguist and cognition expert, will deliver the first in Case Western Reserve University’s annual Distinguished Lecture series. The lecture will take place Monday, March 14 at 4 p.m. in Severance Hall, 11000 Euclid Avenue.

Pinker is best known for his books on language: The Language Instinct (1994), How the Mind Works (1997) and Words and Rules: The Ingredients of Language. In 2002 he published The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature, which explored the political, moral and emotional colorings of human nature. He is a three-time winner of the William James Book Prize.

A native of Montreal, Pinker holds a B.A. in experimental psychology from McGill University and a Ph.D. from Harvard. He taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1982-2003, when he moved to Harvard.

The Distinguished Lecture series is designed to bring prominent individuals from a variety of fields to Case to speak about their work.

Online registration for the event will begin February 4, 2005. Go to for more information.


About Case Western Reserve University

Case is among the nation's leading research institutions. Founded in 1826 and shaped by the unique merger of the Case Institute of Technology and Western Reserve University, Case is distinguished by its strengths in education, research, service, and experiential learning. Located in Cleveland, Case offers nationally recognized programs in the Arts and Sciences, Dental Medicine, Engineering, Law, Management, Medicine, Nursing, and Social Work.