Columbia University Seminar with Prof. Carl Hart, on Innovative Drug Policy, on Mon. 11/13, 7-9 pm.

The Columbia University Seminars on

Innovation in Education
Ethics, Moral Education, and Society

High Price:
A Neuroscientist’s Journey of Self-Discovery
That Challenges Everything We Know About Drugs and Society

Speaker: Prof. Carl Hart,
Chair, Department of Psychology, Columbia University

Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, 7-9 PM, Faculty House, Columbia University
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Directions at bottom.

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High Priceis the harrowing and inspiring memoir of neuroscientist Carl Hart, who grew up in one of Miami’s toughest neighborhoods and, determined to make a difference as an adult, applies his scientific training to help save real lives.

Growing up, Hart didn’t see the value of school, studying just enough to keep him on the basketball team. Today, he is Columbia University’s first tenured African American professor in the sciences—whose 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.

Carl Hart is the Chair of the Department of Psychology at Columbia University. He is also the Dirk Ziff Professor of Psychology in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry. Professor Hart has published numerous scientific and popular articles in the area of neuropsychopharmacology and is co-author of the textbook Drugs, Society and Human Behavior (with Charles Ksir). His most recent book, “High Price: A Neuroscientist’s Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society,” was the 2014 winner of the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award. Professor Hart has appeared on multiple podcasts, radio and television shows including Real Time with Bill Maher and The O’Reilly Factor. He has also appeared in several documentary films including the award-winning “The House I Live In.” His essays have been published in several popular publications including The New York Times, Scientific American, The Nation, Ebony, The Root, and O Globo (Brazil’s leading newspaper).

Suggested On-Line Reading: “The Truth Teller: Carl Hart researches drug effects in humans to separate myth from reality”,


* Enter campus at 116th street and Broadway

• Follow College Walk (116th St.) across Amsterdam Ave towards Morningside Dr.
• After passing Jerome Greene Hall on the left, enter Wien courtyard through gates.
• Follow courtyard around to the right.

• Faculty House will be the last building on the right.
For disability access, follow directions above.
Take #1 train to 116th St. (Columbia University) stop.
Four bus lines (M4, M11, M5 and M104) serve the Columbia/Morningside Heights area.
• Exit the Henry Hudson Parkway at 96th St. and proceed east, crossing Broadway, & turn left (north) at the next light, Amsterdam Ave.
• Proceed north on Amsterdam for 20 blocks to campus.
• Exit the Henry Hudson Parkway at 125th St.
& proceed east, crossing Broadway, & turn right (south) at the next light, Amsterdam Ave.