This week: July 17, 2020 - Daniel Kahneman - The riddle of experience vs. memory
July 17: Daniel Kahneman - The riddle of experience vs. memory
July 24: Dr. Robert DeMaria - Dictionaries and Samuel Johnson



Daniel Kahneman – TED Talk: The Riddle of Experience vs. Memory

July 17th

Daniel Kahneman is an Israeli psychologist and economist notable for his work on the psychology of judgment and decision-making, as well as behavioral economics, for which he was awarded the 2002 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences (shared with Vernon L. Smith). His empirical findings challenge the assumption of human rationality prevailing in modern economic theory.

In 2011, he was named by Foreign Policy magazine in its list of top global thinkers. In the same year, his book Thinking, Fast and Slow, which summarizes much of his research, was published and became a best seller.

He is professor emeritus of psychology and public affairs at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School.

This presentation, given at a TED conference, uses examples from rations to colonoscopies, to reveal how our “experiencing selves” and our “remembering selves” perceive happiness differently.


Creating a Sense of Nationalism Through Music Matthew Franke

July 10th

Dr. Matthew Franke is Master Instructor of Music History at Howard University. He has a Ph.D. in musicology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a B.A. from the University of Puget Sound. His main research area is French and Italian opera in the long nineteenth century, particularly Massenet, Puccini, Mascagni, and Bizet. But he also has strong interests in global music and the role of music in creating a sense of nationalism.


This week: Robert Oliver – An Overview of Estate Planning

May 28th

Robert (“Bob”) Oliver is a partner at WardChisholm, LLP. His practice focuses on estate planning, estate and trust administration, and elder law. After 12 years as a trusts and estates attorney, Bob is able to anticipate legal issues which may arise after a client’s death and brings both technical and practical solutions to those issues before they arise. He is a member of both the Virginia State Bar and the Maryland State Bar.
Bob leads WardChisholm, LLP’s Trust and Estate Administration Department. He takes great satisfaction in working with his clients and his clients’ families to navigate the legal and practical issues arising after a loved one’s death. Bob’s broad experience as a trust and estate administration attorney allows him to navigate complex trust and estate administration issues while being able to clearly explain those issues, and the solutions to those issues, in an understandable way.
As an Elder Law attorney, Bob understands that seniors face complex legal concerns that often differ from what they faced when they were younger. He works with his clients to preserve their assets and avoid spousal impoverishment when a spouse enters a nursing home. He uses a holistic approach to legal advice by taking into consideration the key issues that face seniors, including, but not limited to, housing, financial well-being, health and long-term care, autonomy, and quality of life.