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Thursday, March 28, 2024

7:00 PM   |  Don Tatzin Community Hall

Lafayette Library and
Learning Center Foundation


Charan Ranganath, PhD
in conversation with
Jill Suttie, Psy,D



We all get frustrated with our inability to remember people’s names, find our keys, or recover a lost computer password. 

In Why We Remember, prominent neuroscientist Charan Ranganath combines accessible language with cutting-edge research to reveal the surprising ways our brains record the past and how we use that information to understand who we are in the present, and to imagine and plan for the future.

Ranganath guides us through the science of our memories with incredible insight and clear science, combines fascinating tales of the peculiarities of memory with practical, actionable steps. Drawing on his life as a scientist, father, and child of immigrants, Ranganath unveils the hidden role memory plays throughout our lives. 


CHARAN RANGANATH is a Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience and director of the Dynamic Memory Lab at the University of California at Davis. For over 25 years, Dr. Ranganath has studied the mechanisms in the brain that allow us to remember past events, using brain imaging techniques, computational modeling and studies of patients with memory disorders. He has been recognized with a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship. Outside of neuroscience, Dr. Ranganath is also a songwriter and guitarist with a number of recording credits, including a song on a feature film soundtrack.

JILL SUTTIE Psy.D., is Greater Good’s former book review editor and now serves as a staff writer and contributing editor for the magazine. She received her doctorate of psychology from the University of San Francisco in 1998 and was a psychologist in private practice before coming to Greater Good. Her passion for science, positive psychology, and social psychology fueled her interest in writing for the magazine, and she published her first article there in 2006. Since then, she’s written hundreds of articles and book reviews covering a multitude of topics, including compassion, mindfulness, resilience, awe, altruism, happiness, cooperation, and purpose. She also writes about the impacts of racial bias, technology, nature, music, and social policy on individual mental health, relationships, and society.

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