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Hutton Honors College

 — Indiana University

Cognitive Scientist, Linguist, and Philosopher
Ray Jackendoff

An Informal Undergraduate Supper

Tuesday, November 8, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Hutton Honors College (811 E. Seventh Street)

-How can humans come up with the rules for something as complex as baseball, rules that even children can understand?
-How do we understand the concept of space?
-How do we formulate such social concepts as value, morality, fairness, and obligation?

Ray Jackendoff, one of the world's most respected linguists, is the Seth Merrin Professor of Philosophy and co-director of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University. He earned his Ph.D. in linguistics from MIT in 1969, under the guidance of Noam Chomsky. Professor Jackendoff has developed a theory of consciousness and has written several books on the relationship between mind, language, and consciousness and has been recognized all over the world for his contributions to multiple disciplines. His many awards include fellowships from Guggenheim and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is as well an excellent musician, and his musical interests have led him to develop a theory of musical cognition. For more on Professor Jackendoff, go here.

PUBLIC LECTURES: On campus as a Patten Foundation Lecturer, Ray Jackendoff will speak on Tuesday, Nov. 8, on "The Cognitive Structure of Baseball" and on Thursday, Nov. 10, on "Language, Meaning, and Rational Thought." Both lectures will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Rawles 100 and are free and open to the public

SIGN-UP INFO: If you are interested in attending this event, please check your schedule to make sure you can attend the entire event and then send a message to (, indicating you wish to sign up for the "Jackendoff supper" and include your name, e-mail address, year in school, and field(s) of study. You are welcome to sign up friends as well as long as they are IU undergraduates. Please provide the requested information for them as well. Space is limited so we will let you know by e-mail if a space was available when you replied. The supper is co-sponsored by the Wells Scholars Program.

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