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Collective Speakers Series: Dessa

Senseless Love: Torch Songs and Brain Science

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Doors: 6:30 PM
Showtime: 7:00 PM
Colorado Chautauqua Community House
Tickets: $15.00 ($12.00 Concert Member)*




Dessa, the touring musician experience something nearly every artist encounters during their career- heartbreak. All the traditional interventions had failed – time, distance, whiskey – and she was prepared to try something drastic. So Dessa assembled a team of neuroscientists to try to excise the love from her brain. Her collaborators include researchers from the University of Minnesota’s Center for Magnetic Resonance Research and neurofeedback clinician, Penijean Gracefire. The story of her experience is funny, fascinating, suspenseful, and reveals poignant perspectives on our brains, our bodies, and the ties that bind.

About the Speaker:  
Dessa is a rapper, a singer, and an essayist who earns her living on the road. She’s performed around the world at opera houses, rock clubs, and sometimes standing on barroom tables. Her imaginative writing and ferocious stage presence have been praised by NPR, Forbes, Billboard, the Chicago Tribune, and the LA Times. As a musician, she’s landed on the Billboard Top 200 as a solo artist, a member of the Doomtree collective, and she is a contributor to The Hamilton Mixtape. She’s been published by the New York Times Magazine, MPR, the Star Tribune, Minnesota Monthly, literary journals across the country, and has written two short collections of poetry and essays. 
Dessa has delivered presentations on art, science, and entrepreneurship for Fortune 500 companies, the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, the Mayo Clinic, and universities and colleges across the country including Georgetown, Macalester, and the Universities of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Indianapolis. With a witty, charismatic style, she engages, entertains, and inspires audiences from all walks of life. 
She splits her time between Manhattan, Minneapolis, and a tour van cruising at six miles per hour above the posted limit. Her first hardcover collection, My Own Devices, was released in September of 2018 from Dutton Books.

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