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Too Close To The Sun: Stories of Flash Points

Thursday, May 31, 2012
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Presented with New York’s innovative storytelling collective, The Moth, esteemed scientists, writers and artists tell on-stage stories about their personal relationship with science. In keeping with Moth tradition, each story must be true and told within ten minutes, without notes. The result is a poignant, hilarious, and enjoyably unpredictable evening that’s sure to intrigue and surely hard to forget.

Presented in collaboration with The Moth.


Andy BorowitzComedian, Actor, Writer

Andy Borowitz is a comedian, actor and writer whose work appears regularly in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and at Newsweek.com. He is the first winner of the National Press Club’s humor award and has won seven Dot-Comedy Awards for his website, borowitzreport.com.

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Tricia Rose BurtWriter, Performer, Artist

Tricia Rose Burt grew up in the South, where she was strongly encouraged to pursue business, marry a Southerner, raise children, and live below the Mason-Dixon line. Attempts to lead that life backfired. She is now a writer, performer, and artist and lives in New England.

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Moran CerfNeuroscientist

French-Israeli Moran Cerf is a neuroscientist at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and the departments of neurosurgery at UCLA and NYU, studying memories and emotions using electrodes implanted deep inside the brains of patients undergoing neurosurgery.

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Lisa P. JacksonChemical Engineer

Lisa P. Jackson is administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). She is the first African-American to serve the post. Originally from New Orleans, Jackson graduated summa cum laude from Tulane University, and earned a master’s degree in chemical engineering from Princeton University.

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George LombardiPhysician

Dr. George Lombardi is an American physician. He specializes in the study of infectious diseases.

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Siddhartha MukherjeePhysician, Author

Siddhartha Mukherjee is a cancer physician and researcher. He is an assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University and a staff physician at Columbia University Medical Center. A former Rhodes Scholar, he graduated from Stanford University, University of Oxford, and Harvard Medical School.

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