Oliver Sacks: His Own Life

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American Masters – Oliver Sacks: His Own Life National Event
Tuesday, March 30, 2021

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Join audiences nationwide on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, at 7:00 pm ET, for a virtual celebration of American Masters – Oliver Sacks: His Own Life featuring highlights from the film and a panel discussion with Ric Burns (Director, Oliver Sacks: His Own Life), Kate Edgar (Executive Director, The Oliver Sacks Foundation) and Dr. Blanca Valdovinos (Director, Spanish Language Neurology Clinic, University of Rochester Medical Center) moderated by Jenna Flanagan (Host, MetroFocus, The WNET Group).

This event is presented by The WNET Group and 92nd Street Y in collaboration with PBS stations GPB, MPT, NMPBS, South Florida PBS, WCNY, WFSU, WQLN, WVIA, WXXI, and WHUT.

Register here to celebrate American Masters – Oliver Sacks: His Own Life from the comfort and safety of your home. The film screening and panel discussion will be open captioned.

We asked UPMC Hamot neurologists to tell us their thoughts on the life and legacy of Oliver Sacks. Meet Dr. Logan Pyle and Dr. Trevor Phinney.

About the Program

Oliver Sacks: His Own Life explores the life and work of the legendary neurologist and storyteller, as he shares intimate details of his battles with drug addiction, homophobia, and a medical establishment that accepted his work only decades after the fact. Sacks, known for his literary works Awakenings and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, was a fearless explorer of unknown cognitive worlds who helped redefine our understanding of the brain and mind, the diversity of human experience, and our shared humanity. The film features exclusive interviews with Sacks conducted just weeks after he received a terminal diagnosis, and months prior to his death in August 2015, and nearly two dozen deeply revealing and personal interviews with family members, colleagues, patients, and close friends.

Watch and Learn
Oliver Sacks: His Own Life
Friday, April 9th at 9:00 pm

Presented in partnership with

  • UPMC Hamot

Funding for American Masters—Oliver Sacks: His Own Life is provided by National Endowment for the Humanities, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Ford Foundation/ JustFilms, Arthur G. Altschul Jr., Wellcome Trust, Nion McEvoy, Overbrook Foundation, and Vijay Vaidyanathan.  

Funding for American Masters is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, AARP, Mrs. Rosalind P. Walter, Philip & Janice Levin Foundation, Ellen & James S. Marcus, Judith & Burton Resnick, The Blanche & Irving Laurie Foundation, Vital Projects Fund, Cheryl & Philip Milstein Family, The André and Elizabeth Kertész Foundation, The Ambrose Monell Foundation, Lillian Goldman Programming Endowment, Seton J. Melvin and public television viewers.