Prof. Robert Remez delivered this year’s prestigious Leonard Hastings Schoff Memorial Lectures at Columbia University, the third Barnard professor in the series' 22-year history to be selected to give these talks. In the three-lecture series, titled "The Good Listener: Behavioral Neuroscience Considers the Perception of Speech," Remez explored recent neuroscience investigations into the act of listening, and examine what a listener must know and notice, in order to understand what is being said. The first lecture, "The Good Listener: Being Versatile," took place on Monday, November 9. The second lecture on Monday, November 16, "The Good Listener: Being Personal," looked at what it takes to learn the character of an individual's voice. The third on Monday, November 23, "The Good Listener: Being Intentional," explored how listening is an active, rather than passive, endeavor.

The Leonard Hastings Schoff Memorial Lectures, a series presented by the University Seminars, selects a faculty member each fall to deliver three lectures on a topic of his or her choosing. The University Seminars awards a grant to Columbia University Press to publish a book by the lecturer from the original scholarship presented during the series.

Each lecture takes place at 8 p.m. at the Columbia Faculty House, located at 64 Morningside Drive. These events are free and open to the public. For more information please visit the Schoff Memorial Lectures website.