Jonathan Miller, a celebrated British neurologist, author, and stage and opera director, and author and neurologist Oliver Sacks will be among the speakers at “Doing Likewise,” hosted by The New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU on Sat., Nov. 19, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at NYU’s Hemmerdinger Hall (100 Washington Square East, [at Washington Place]). The day-long symposium will explore the mysteries involved when monkeys, parrots, robots, human infants, human adults, and all sorts of other creatures imitate, emulate, and impersonate one another.

The event is free and open to the public, which may RSVP to 212.998.2101 or Reporters interested in attending the event should contact James Devitt, Office of Public Affairs, at 212.998.6808 or For more information, go to the Institute’s web site:

  • Who: Jonathan Miller, neurologist, author, stage/opera director; Oliver Sacks, neurologist and author; developmental psychologist Alison Gopnik; Anne Hollander, author of Sex and Suits: The Evolution of Modern Dress; magician Ricky Jay; and others
  • What: “Doing Likewise,” an Exploration of Mysteries Surrounding How Creatures Imitate and Impersonate One Another
  • When: Sat., Nov. 19, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Where: NYU’s Hemmerdinger Hall, Silver Center (100 Washington Square East)

This symposium has been made possible through the generosity of a grant by longtime fellows Dan and Joanna Rose.

The New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU was established in 1976 for promoting the exchange of ideas among academics, professionals, politicians, diplomats, writers, journalists, musicians, painters, and other artists in New York City-and between all of them and the city. It currently comprises 190 fellows. Throughout the year, the NYIH organizes numerous public events and symposia.

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