Churchwell to discuss ‘Creativity and Applied Physics’ April 11

Dr. André Churchwell (Vanderbilt University)

Dr. André Churchwell, senior associate dean for diversity affairs at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, will share his personal insights on the role of art in all of its creative forms and its relationship to applied physics in the solution of humankind’s medical woes when he delivers the next installment of the Vanderbilt Chancellor’s Lecture Series on Monday, April 11.

Churchwell will speak from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Langford Auditorium. A reception featuring his original artwork will precede the talk from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Langford Auditorium lobby. The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-seated basis. Tickets and reservations will not be issued for this event.

Churchwell holds the Levi Watkins Jr., M.D., Chair at Vanderbilt. He is a professor of medicine in the Division of Cardiology, a professor of radiology and radiological sciences, and a professor of biomedical engineering. With his numerous academic titles and degrees and wide range of expertise, skills and talents, Churchwell exemplifies the modern definition of the Renaissance man.

The son of pioneering journalist Robert Churchwell, he experienced a childhood where language was revered and the etymology of words explored. Today, as a vocalist of the jazz ensemble The All-Stars, he uses lyrics to captivate audiences. In sketching portraits, landscapes and architecture, pen and pencil are his preferred artistic tools. Through his role of physician at the Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute, Churchwell promotes healing and well-being through the compassionate implementation of trust, courage and love.

A 1975 graduate of Vanderbilt University and a 1979 graduate of Harvard University Medical School, Churchwell will examine the lives of Leonardo da Vinci and Harvard scientist and novelist Thomas McMahon during the April 11 event. He will share insights on the creative process and how “dual mind” can lead to new ideas in both art and science.

Parking will be available on the rooftop level of the 25th Avenue Garage, located near the intersection of 25th and Highland avenues. Please use the 25th Avenue entrance.

The Vanderbilt Chancellor’s Lecture Series strives to connect the university and the Nashville community with intellectuals who are shaping our world. For more information about the series, visit the Chancellor’s Lecture Series website, email, call (615) 322-0885, or follow on Twitter @VUCLS.