Written by: Jordan Ehrlich
makes you want to get involved with all that has ever interested you – because that’s what she does.
Having already obtained a Ph.D. in mathematical logic, spoken to over 150 different audiences around the world, written seven books, and taught subjects from human biology to analytic philosophy to singing and dancing, Savion has an eclectic history to say the least. And you will get to hear her speak at this year’s conference, where she will discuss the brain’s ability of deception to maintain a healthy ego. So, today’s post aims to introduce you to IU’s very own Senior Lecturer of Philosophy: Leah Savion.
I spent this morning getting to know Savion over coffee and an insightful discussion of human analysis. After enjoying our last sips together, I got the sense that very few individuals leave a conversation with her without learning something new or feeling inspired.
She’s vibrant and relaxed. Curious and understanding.
While chatting about public awareness of disorders and handicaps, Professor Savion touched on the shift in society’s interactions with autistic individuals – a shift away from institutionalization to acceptance. This led to another topic: the changing of cultural norms and the direction of society as a whole. She stresses that the world is ever evolving and remarkably complex, and she notes that, “That is the nature of the beast. We are increasing our knowledge in leaps and bounds and you cannot stop it.” Sometimes you just have to “look at what there is and make the best of it.”
Now back to what she’s doing these days.
“I live, now, the way I want to live. I do what I want and what I do well.” She appreciates that she now has the freedom to live a very joyful life. Aside from her research, Savion spends a significant amount of time adding to Indiana University’s culture of curiosity. The lifelong learner helps others live similarly by teaching, along with a multitude of other courses, singing and dancing lessons with the Jacobs School of Music.
When asked, “So you’re a singer as well?” she replied, “Yeah, not good. They put up with me.”
In addition to teaching, she maintains her energy through a rigorous workout schedule. “I work out every morning with two guys who don’t give me one iota of discount for being an old woman.” She also plays racquetball and tennis with many of her students.
Looking at the fascinating life of Leah Savion, we are incredibly excited to hear from her expertise at this fall’s TEDxIndianaUniversity conference.
And we hope you are too.