Memory and Aging Center Tuesday Lecture

Behavioral Neurology Special Lecture

“A shining moment that lasts for 100 years. Ann Adams and Maurice Ravel: how a neurodegenerative disease assists in the creation of art that lasts for a century. Does primary progressive aphasia hold a key to unlock the mystery of creativity?”

Jake Broder
2019 Hellman Artist in Residence


Jake Broder is a writer and actor. He trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and worked there for ten years before coming back to the United States. As an actor, you may have seen him in HBO’s Silicon Valley. Recently, his play Our American Hamlet (about Edwin Booth ) was nominated for Best New Play in Boston for its premiere at the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company. Jake cowrote and originated the role of Louis in ‘Louis & Keely Live at the Sahara’, winning three Ovation Awards, LADCC, Garland and LA Weekly awards for Best Actor and Best Production. This play ran at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles as was directed by Oscar Winner, Taylor Hackford. It has since toured Chicago and SoCal. Jake’s play His Royal Hipness Lord Buckley played Off-West end as well as Off-Broadway at 59e59 and in LA.

Jake became fascinated by the story of Dr. Anne Adams, a former patient at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center who had primary progressive aphasia – a neurodegenerative disease shared by the composer Maurice Ravel. Her signature piece is Unravelling Bolero, a visual study of Ravel’s iconic composition. Jake plans to create a multi-modal play about Anne Adams, Maurice Ravel, and the mystery of primary progressive aphasia and creativity, both the neuroscience and deep humanity inside the disease and the art.

Tuesday, April 23 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Rock Hall, Pottruck Auditorium, RH 102
1550 4th Street, San Francisco, CA 94158

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School of Medicine


Students, Postdocs, Faculty, Staff, Alumni


Mission Bay


Memory and Aging Center, Department of Neurology, UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences


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