Carl Hart: “The Problem Is Drug Policy, Not Drugs”

Dr. Carl Hart presents a talk titled "We Got Hoodwinked" on U.S. drug policy. He is the author of "High Price: A Neuroscientist’s Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society" (2013).

Hart discusses the myths concerning drug use and the consequences of contemporary drug policy. Drawing on his scientific work and social analysis, he goes beyond the hype to examine the relationship between drugs and pleasure, choice and motivation, both in the brain and in society. His findings shed new light on common ideas about race, poverty and drugs, and explain why current policies are failing.

Hart teaches in the departments of Psychology and Psychiatry at Columbia University, and is a research scientist in the Division of Substance Abuse at the New York State Psychiatric Institute.

Sponsored by the University of Texas Department of Psychology, Warfield Center for African and African American Studies, and Division of Diversity and Community Engagement; St. James Episcopal Church; and the Third Coast Activist Resource Center.

Friday, February 7, 2014 at 11:00am to 12:00am

Sarah M. and Charles E. Seay Building (SEA), 4.244
108 DEAN KEETON ST E, Austin, Texas 78712

Event Type

Policy & Law, Arts & Humanities


All Departments

Target Audience

General Public




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