Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Thomas G. West Online Conference March 23-25

FYI--The next Gifted Online Conference is taking place this weekend. The guest speaker is Thomas G. West. From the conference announcement:

"Thomas G. West is the author of the award-winning book In the Mind's Eye-- Visual Thinkers, Gifted People with Dyslexia and Other Learning Difficulties, Computer Images and the Ironies of Creativity. Now in its 14th printing, the book was awarded a gold seal in 1998 by the Association of College and Research Libraries of the American Library Association as "an outstanding academic title" and, later, in 1999, as one of the "best of the best" for the year (one of only 12 books in their broad psychology and neuroscience category). The book was published in Japanese translation as Geniuses Who Hated School. A Chinese translation was published in 2004. According to one reviewer: "Every once in a while a book comes along that turns one's thinking upside down. In the Mind's Eye is just such a book."

The book covers brain research, computer graphic technologies and profiles of 11 famous people who have shown evidence of great visual and non-visual talents along with dyslexia or other learning difficulties. One of the main arguments of the book is that we need to better understand the great diversity of human brains--including the hidden learning difficulties that often come along with superior talents and capabilities- -as well as the hidden talents that often coexist with various learning problems. The profiles include: Michael Faraday, James Clerk Maxwell. Albert Einstein, Rev. Charles L. Dodgson, Henri Poincaré, Thomas Alva Edison, Nikola Tesla, Leonardo da Vinci, Winston S. Churchill, Gen. George S. Patton and William Butler Yeats. ...

More information can be located here.

Also if you would like to order the book, In The Mind's Eye, before during, or after the conference, if you visit Hoagies and click on the Amazon link you will help support the awesome Hoagies website."

These conferences take place entirely by email. Consider it the busiest e-list you've ever been on (I recommend daily digest). You can sign up for the conferences by visiting http://www.giftedonlineconferences.com/index.html

1 comment:

Zany Mom said...

How was the conference?