THE ART OF MEMORY for Names, Faces, and Pretty Much Everything Else -- A Short Workshop with BRENT SVERDLOFF
Start: 7:30 pm
__________________________________ Learn to remember more! Ellen DeGeneres once quipped, “Scientists say we use less than 10% of our brain power; imagine how smart we’d be if we used the other 65%.” The basic memory principles you’ll learn in this workshop can enable you to sharpen your powers of observation, banish absentmindedness, and memorize anything: appointments, historical dates, names and faces, lists and numbers of any length, speeches, difficult words in English and foreign languages, and even where you put your keys this morning! Based on trained-memory techniques dating back to antiquity and perfected by 20th-century memory training specialist Harry Lorayne, these tried-and-true methods will help you achieve success in both your professional and personal life. Amaze yourself and others with what you can do with that other 65% of your brain! Armed with degrees in both Spanish and Romance Linguistics, Brent began his career teaching language courses at the high school and college levels, and then eventually to adults. His methods called for intense immersion in language and culture, helping students build awareness of the phonetic and syntactic patterns of language systems. Brent credits memory techniques he learned 30 years ago with enabling him to master multiple languages and hold archivist positions at The Getty Center and Harvard, where he worked with centuries-old manuscript and rare book collections. Brent has also performed stand-up comedy at clubs in Boston and Cambridge, where trained-memory systems allowed him to perform long sets. He currently lives in San Francisco, where he is the Executive Director of the Center for the Art of Translation, a non-profit that promotes international literature and translation through publications, teaching, and public events.