Holland Hall to Host Community-wide Speaker Series Featuring Dr. John Ratey

Posted on: Sep 18, 2013

Holland Hall and the Kistler-Gilliland Center for the Advancement of Learning, will host a community-wide Speaker Series featuring author, speaker and faculty member of the Harvard Medical School Dr. John Ratey on Sunday, October 13,2013 on the Holland Hall campus from 7 to 8:30 p.m. In his presentation, Dr. Ratey will explore the connection between exercise and the brain’s performance and explains how even moderate exercise will supercharge mental circuits to beat stress, sharpen thinking, enhance memory, and much more. The event is free, open to the public and will take place in the Walter Arts Center at Holland Hall School.

John J Ratey, MD, is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Research Synthesizer, Speaker, Author, and Clinical Psychiatrist maintaining a private practice in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He has lectured and published 60 peer reviewed articles on the topics of Aggression, Autism, ADHD, and other issues in neuropsychiatry, and has authored or co-authored seven books.

His latest book, Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, Dr. Ratey embarks upon a fascinating and entertaining journey through the mind-body connection, presenting startling research to prove that exercise is truly our best defense against everything from depression to ADD to addiction to aggression to menopause to Alzheimer’s. Filled with amazing case studies (such as the revolutionary fitness program in Naperville, Illinois, which has put this school district of 19,000 kids first in the world of science test scores), SPARK is the first book to explore comprehensively the connection between exercise and the brain. It will change forever the way you think about your morning run—or, for that matter, simply the way you think.

Presented by the Kistler-Gilliland Center for the Advancement of Learning, the Holland Hall Speaker Series will enrich the Tulsa community’s educational dialogue and collective knowledge through diversity of thought and personalities. By leveraging Holland Hall’s resources, along with its unique position in the education landscape, the school will provide a public forum for progressive educators, scholars and professionals to share their knowledge with the community.

Founded in 1922, Holland Hall is an Episcopal affiliated day school providing a challenging, comprehensive educational experience grounded in rigorous liberal arts, college preparatory curriculum that promotes critical thinking and life-long learning. Holland Hall seeks to foster in each student a strong moral foundation and a deep sense of social responsibility. Holland Hall is located on a 162-acre wooded campus at 5666 E. 81st Street in south Tulsa.