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The 8th Annual Arnold Starr Lecture and Exhibition

Please join us for an exhibition and a fascinating discussion about creativity and the parallels between artistic creation and scientific discovery. The talk, Art, Science and the Space Between, will feature renowned artist James Hubbell and Arnold Starr, MD, founder of the field of auditory neuropathy.

The annual Arnold Starr Lecture was established in 2010 to honor the founding chair of the UCI Department of Neurology. In 1977, Starr became the first department chair, helping it grow and gain national and international recognition for its clinical and research achievements.

The exhibition will run from Nov. 28, 2018 through Dec. 10, 2018. On the exhibition's closing day, a reception and lecture will be held at the UCI Student Center, followed by a dinner with the artists.


Dates: Nov. 28 to Dec. 10, 2018
Location: Viewpoint Gallery, UCI Student Center, 311 W. Peltason Drive, Irvine, CA 92697
Admission: Free

Reception and Lecture

Date: Dec. 10, 2018
Location: Crystal Cove Auditorium, UCI Student Center
Time: 5-7 p.m.
Admission: Free

Meet-the-Artists Dinner

Date: Dec. 10, 2018
Location: Viewpoint Gallery, UCI Student Center
Time: 7-8:30 p.m.
Admission: $150 per person / $250 per couple

Seating for dinner is very limited.

Register for lecture and/or dinner by Dec. 3, 2018.

Register online

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  • Steven Cramer, MD
    Professor, Neurology
    Associate Director, Institute for Clinical & Translational Science
  • Arnold Starr, MD
    Emeritus Professor, Neurology
    Founding Chair, Department of Neurology

Lecture Schedule

5 p.m. — Reception, Viewpoint Gallery

Enjoy appetizers while viewing watercolors by Arnold Starr and sculptural works by James Hubbell.

5:45 p.m. — Welcome and introductions

Tahseen Mozaffar, MD, interim chair, Department of Neurology, and director of the UCI Health ALS & Neuromuscular Center, will welcome guests and introduce Arnold Starr.

6 p.m. — The Neurology of Creativity

Steven Cramer, MD, professor of neurology and associate director of the UCI Institute for Clinical & Translational Science, will discuss the research behind creativity. He is also a musician and poet.

6:15 p.m. — Introducing the Artist

Sandra Dijkstra, a renowned literary agent and long-time admirer and collector of James Hubbell's magical creations, will introduce the artist.

6:20 p.m. — Art, Science and the Space Between: A Conversation

James T. Hubbell is widely known for his organic style of buildings, which are one-of-a-kind sculptures. His art and architecture are found in homes, schools, pavilions, gardens, museums, monasteries, nature centers and peace parks around the world, from San Diego to Vladivostok, Russia to Palawan, Philippines. He is the founder of the Ilan-Lael Foundation.

Dr. Arnold Starr is emeritus professor of neurology, founding chair of the UCI School of Medicine's Department of Neurology and founder of the field of auditory neuropathy. He is also an accomplished watercolor artist.

7 p.m. — Meet-the-Artists Dinner

An intimate dinner set among the art of Starr and Hubbell will raise funds for the annual Arnold Starr Lecture Endowment. It will be hosted in the Viewpoint Gallery following the Lecture.

For information, contact or 714-509-2110.