How does personal memory relate to personal identity? In what ways do the memories of one generation affect future generations? Why do I always forget to pack my lunch before going to work? Is the restaging of performance art an act of remembrance? Join Washington University in St. Louis faculty as they shed light on the infinite ways that memory affects our everyday lives.

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November 12, 2012

False Memory

Memory: Episode #4

How trustworthy is human memory? Professor Henry Roediger describes his research into how and why errors in memory occur. The implications of this research are far-reaching, especially in the justice system. According to the Innocence Project, nearly 75% of overturned convictions involved incorrect witness identification.

October 8, 2012

Amnesia and Identity

Memory: Episode #1

Philosophy professor Carl Craver tackles some fundamental questions about the importance of memory. Is it our personal memories that make us distinctly human? And where does that leave people with amnesia?

October 24, 2012

Listen in!

Scholars discuss the novel Austerlitz

The idea of "postmemory" cuts across academic disciplines and affects many cultures. To further explore the concepts that Erin McGlothlin introduced, join this hour-long meeting of Washington University's Transnational Approaches to Postmemory Reading Group. In this recording, an interdisciplinary team of scholars discusses the novel Austerlitz, by W.G. Sebald.