Synapse Series to host New Yorker columnist Adam Gopnik


It often appears that art is pure imagination and creativity, while science is based on evidence and hard facts. However, the two may not be as different as they seem.

Considering this theme, our Synapse Art and Science Series will, for the first time, join the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program (NEOMFA) in presenting a lecture from award-winning author Adam Gopnik on Thursday, March 22, at 7 p.m. in the Jean Hower Taber Student Union Theatre. Free and open to the public, Gopnik’s talk will reflect on the essential intersections of science and the humanities, from Galileo and Shakespeare through Darwin and the English novelists of his time.

Gopnik has received three National Magazine awards as a columnist for the New Yorker, where he has worked since 1986. He also has received the George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting. He is a best-selling novelist, with published works ranging from essay collections about Paris and food to children’s novels. In 2013, Gopnik was awarded the medal of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters. His first musical, “The Most Beautiful Room In New York,” opened in New Haven, Conn., in 2017.

Many of Gopnik’s books will be on sale during the event, and there will be a book signing at the conclusion of the program.

About the Synapse Series

The Synapse Series at The University of Akron hosts lectures from a number of well-known artists, encouraging dialogue among scientists, artists and designers to expand research opportunities, as well as enhance the local community and economy. The series is supported by the Knight, Callahan and GAR foundations.


The Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing is a creative writing program that provides writers with the platform to hone creative skills, explore the finer details of the craft, and expand the scope of their creative energies. The program spans four universities: The University of Akron, Cleveland State University, Kent State University and Youngstown State University.


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Adam Gopnik

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