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James Michelin Distinguished Visitors Program

Thursday, May 5, 2022
7:00pm to 8:00pm
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Dabney Hall, Lounge
UnRavelled: Understanding Dementia through Art and Science
Jake Broder, Playwright, Actor, Composer,

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Jake Broder and Colin Camerer, Robert Kirby Professor of Behavioral Economics and Director of the T&C Chen Center for Social and Decision Neuroscience, will discuss UnRavelled, Broder's play about the artistic brilliance that accompanied scientist Dr. Anne Adams' diagnosis of frontotemporal dementia. Their conversation will highlight current research into dementia and the value of bringing together art and science in our efforts to understand brain health.

Ovation and LA Drama Critics Circle (LADCC) award-winning playwright/actor/composer, Broder trained at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London. In addition to UnRavelled, his plays include Our American Hamlet (premiered Commonwealth Shakespeare Company), which received a nomination as Best New Play from the Independent Reviewers of New England. Broder co-wrote and originated ‘LOUIS' in Louis & Keely Live at the Sahara (Geffen Playhouse), winning three Ovation Awards, LADCC, Garland and LA Weekly awards for Best Actor and Best Production. His Royal Hipness Lord Buckley originated Off-West End (Soho Theatre) and played Off Broadway (59e59). Miravel (Los Angeles) won the LADCC for best score. He founded the Maine Summer Dramatic Institute. Acting: Complete Works of Shakespeare (West End), Amadeus (West End/Broadway), The Morning Show (Apple TV+), Silicon Valley (HBO). Currently shooting The Patient (FX).

Related event: A staged reading of UnRavelled will take place on Tuesday, May 3, at 7pm in Baxter Lecture Hall. The play, commissioned by the Global Brain Health Institute, is also available online at

For more information, please contact Cecilia Lu by phone at 626-395-1724 or by email at [email protected].