On Wednesday, February 8, Shattuck-St. Mary’s BioScience students visited the University of Minnesota’s Weisman Art Museum to attend two special events.
First, the students toured an exhibition entitled The Beautiful Brain: The Drawings of Santiago Ramone y Cajal. Cajal is considered the father of neuroscience and was also a talented artist, producing images of the brain that provided clarity exceeding that of photographs. His detailed drawings provided support for his theory that the brain is composed of single cells, rather than a tangled web.
Next, the students attended a performance by Hippocrates Cafe, a group of actors and musicians (led by a family physician) used readings and songs to illuminate the history of neurology. Performances typically run 45 to 60 minutes in length and are designed to educate, entertain, and heal. Each show uses a combination of poetry, short stories, essays, letters, historical documents, and music, and pieces are carefully picked to illuminate the chosen topic in a way that is thoughtful, respectful, and creative.
To learn on the Cajal exhibit, visit http://wam.umn.edu/event/cajal. For more on the Hippocrates Cafe, visit https://familymedicine.umn.edu/about/giving/hippocrates-cafe.