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The Annual Adam Jeffrey Katz Memorial Lecture Series

Seventh Annual Adam Jeffrey Katz Memorial Lecture – Part 1

Ari Emanuel 2009 Honoree discussed life with ADHD and dyslexia

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On Wednesday, May 13, 2009 the NYU Child Study Center hosted the Seventh Annual Adam Jeffrey Katz Memorial lecture with Ari Emanuel, at Friends Seminary. Ari Emanuel is co-founder of Endeavor, one of the most powerful talent and literary agencies in the country. Ari was diagnosed at an early age with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and dyslexia. Along with being “superagent” to an “A list” of actors, writers, authors, producers and directors for film and television, he was the inspiration for the character of Ari Gold, played by Jeremy Piven in the HBO series Entourage. Ari’s brothers are Rahm Emanuel, White House Chief of Staff, and Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, Head of the Department of Bioethics at The Clinical Center of the National Institutes of Health. He shared his stories, discussed his struggles in school and successes in life with Harold S. Koplewicz, M.D., NYU CSC founder and director.

This annual lecture is free and open to students, educators, mental health professionals and parents.


Seventh Annual Adam Jeffrey Katz Memorial Lecture – Part 2

Jack Fletcher, Ph.D., presented “Identification of Learning Disabilities: A Comparison of Models”

On Friday, May 15, Dr. Fletcher addressed limitations of the DSM IV and academic skills disorders diagnoses; how to understand newer evidence-based approaches to the diagnosis of learning disorders; and appreciating the interaction between neurobiological and environmental factors in learning disorders.

Dr. Fletcher is a professor of psychology at the University of Houston. For the past 25 years, Dr. Fletcher, a board certified clinical neuropsychologist, has completed research on children with developmental disabilities, with a focus on the development of reading, language, and other cognitive skills. He served on the Rand Reading Study Group, the National Research Council Committee on Scientific Principles in Education Research, and the President’s Commission on Excellence in Special Education. Dr. Fletcher was the recipient of the Samuel T. Orton Award from the International Dyslexia Association in 2003.

This lecture is part of the NYU Child Study Center Grand Rounds and is open to educators, physicians and mental health professionals; 1.25 hours of continuing medical education credit is available.

Annual Adam Jeffrey Katz Memorial Lecture Series

The Adam Jeffrey Katz Memorial Lecture Series, established in 2003, is an annual, two-part public and medical education program. Adam struggled with learning disabilities and ADHD throughout his life and died prematurely in 2003. The Katz family created this living memorial to increase awareness about learning differences and psychiatric disorders.

The first part of the program features a prominent individual who has overcome learning disabilities and achieved success; it is open to students, parents, educators, and mental health professionals. The second part of the program features a leading researcher who is advancing our understanding of learning disabilities and/or ADHD; it is open to educators, physicians, mental health professionals, and the general public (1.25 hours of continuing medical education credit is available).

The goal of this series is to educate the public about learning differences and psychiatric disorders, which can rob children of their childhood. With early diagnosis and intervention, children can lead successful lives both academically and socially.

Past Honorees:

  • 2008, Paul Orfalea, Founder of Kinko's and Author of Copy This!
  • 2007, Chuck Close, Internationally celebrated painter, photographer, and printmaker
  • 2006, Gaston Caperton, President of the College Board and two-term Governor of West Virginia
  • 2005, Barbara Corcoran, Founder and Chair of The Corcoran Group
  • 2004, Jonathan Mooney, Executive Director of Project Eye-To-Eye and Author of Learning Outside the Lines

Past Scientific Presenters:

  • 2008, Frederick J. Morrison, Ph.D., Professor, Developmental Psychology, Combined Program in Education and Psychology; Research Professor, Center for Human Growth and Development, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • 2007, Frank Balch Wood, M.D., Professor and Section Head, Department of Neurology, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center
  • 2006, Martha Bridge Denckla, M.D., Director, Developmental Cognitive Neurology Clinic; Research Scientist, Kennedy Krieger Institute; Professor of Neurology, Pediatrics and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • 2005, Rosemary Tannock, Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Professor of Special Education & Adaptive Instruction, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto; Senior Scientist at The Hospital for Sick Children
  • 2004, Guinevere Eden, D.Phil., Associate Professor of Pediatrics; Director, Center for the Study of Learning, Georgetown University Medical Center
  • 2003, Bennett Shaywitz, M.D., and Sally E. Shaywitz, M.D., Co-Directors of the Yale Center for the Study of Learning and Attention

Paul Orfalea 2008 Honoree

Paul Orfalea, founder of Kinko's and author of Copy This!, joined us for last year’s Sixth Annual Adam Jeffrey Katz Memorial Lecture Series and discussed how he built a successful business while living with dyslexia and ADHD, with NYU CSC founder and director Harold S. Koplewicz, M.D. The talk was held on May 15, 2008, at the Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School in New York City.

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