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Events – May 2019

LEXINGTON The American Heart Association’s annual Circle of Red Day at Keenland was a warm, sunny April 10, 2019. Circle of Red members from Louisville, Cincinnati, and Lexington gathered for lunch, racing, photos, and networking.

According to the AHA website, The Circle of Red is “a society of women who are in the fight against heart disease to win.” Located in communities across the country, members use their influence, generosity, and networking “to help increase awareness of heart disease, the leading cause of death for women.”

UofL Depression Center presents “Schumann: Music, Mood Swings, and Madness”

LOUISVILLE The connection between creativity and mental illness, as embodied in 19th century composer Robert Schumann, was the topic of the annual benefit dinner for the UofL Depression Center on Thursday, March 7, 2019 at the Muhammad Ali Center. Depression Center director Jesse Wright, MD, PhD, introduced Richard Kogan, MD, clinical professor of psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical School and Artistic Director of the Weill Cornel Music and Medicine program. Kogan studied at the Julliard School of Music in addition to earning undergraduate and medical degrees at Harvard University.

Kogan alternately spoke about Schumann and played parts of the composer’s classical works. When discussing the link between creativity and Schumann’s bipolar disorder, Kogan said, “A crucial aspect of mania is racing through thoughts, also know as creative inspiration.”

The UofL Depression Center works to “improve the treatment of mood disorders through clinical services, education, and research with over 50,000 visits per year of adults with mood and anxiety disorders,” said Wright.