PEN Distinguished Lecture Series

The PEN Distinguished Lecture Series in Educational Neuroscience was created in association with the Foundations Proseminar course for graduate students in the Ph.D. in Educational Neuroscience (PEN) program. Since its inception, the series has grown!

The lecture series focuses on the intersection of the Science of Learning (learning across the lifespan) and Educational Neuroscience (learning across early life). Scientists and researchers who are pioneers in the fields of Cognitive-Educational Neuroscience, Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, and Child Development come to Gallaudet University's campus to talk about their research.

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All lectures are open to the public and are video recorded for online distribution.

PEN DLS brochure for 2023-2024

Functional Imaging of the Human Brain: A Window into the Architecture of the Human Mind

Thursday, 29 February 2024 - 02:00 PM
PEN DLS Series 2023-2024
Dr. Nancy Kanwisher

Dr. Nancy Kanwisher

Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


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Dr. Kanwisher is the Walter A. Rosenblith Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience in the Department of Brain & Cognitive Sciences at MIT and an Investigator at MIT's McGovern Institute for Brain Research. She received her B.S. in 1980 and her Ph.D. in 1986, both from MIT. After receiving her Ph.D., Dr. Kanwisher held a MacArthur Fellowship in Peace and International Security for two years. She then served as a faculty member for several years in the UCLA and Harvard Psychology departments before returning to MIT in 1997. Kanwisher's lab has contributed to identifying and characterizing several regions in the human brain that conduct very specific cognitive functions, including four that are involved in the visual perception of specific kinds of stimuli (faces, places, bodies, and words). Dr. Kanwisher received a Troland Research Award from the National Academy of Sciences in 1999, a Macvicar Faculty Fellow Teaching Award from MIT in 2002, and the Golden Brain Award from the Minerva Foundation in 2007. She was elected as a member of the National Academy of Sciences in 2005 and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2009. 


The PEN Distinguished Lecture Series in Educational Neuroscience honors researchers who have changed the landscape of science. We invite them to share their discoveries as we forge new links across research communities within Gallaudet University, Washington D.C., and the world.


To view this year's and all previous presentations, please visit VL2's PEN Distinguished Lectures webpage.