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SCIENCE AND STORY CAFE: The Story of Science, One Book at a Time

Saturday, June 2, 2018
10:00 am - 6:00 pm

How do you tell the story of intangible ideas and scientific phenomena such as luck, enlightenment, heredity, weather, evolution, and illusions not only cogently, but artfully? No easy feat, but with lyrical writing, careful research, and explanations everyone can understand, our Science and Story Cafe authors have done just that. Come meet these masters of science as they wax rhapsodic on the topics that have lit their imaginations and fueled their intellectual fires–plus get your books signed to boot. This is an all-day event, with new authors speaking at the top of each hour and many other authors available throughout the day to sign books and answer questions.

Science and Story Cafe is FREE and open to the public.

Program Schedule:

Susana Martinez-Conde and Stephen Macknik | 10:00AM—11:00AM
Champions of Illusion: The Science Behind Mind-Boggling Images and Mystifying Brain Puzzles

Janice Kaplan and Barnaby Marsh | 11:00AM—12:00PM
How Luck Happens: Using the Science of Luck to Transform Work, Love, and Life

Lisa Barrett | 12:00PM—1:00PM
How Emotions are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain

Oren Harman | 1:30PM—2:30PM
Evolutions: Fifteen Myths That Explain Our World

Andrew Revkin |  2:30PM—3:30PM
Weather: An Illustrated History: From Cloud Atlases to Climate Change

Ken Miller | 3:30PM—4:30PM
The Human Instinct: How We Evolved to Have Reason, Consciousness, and Free Will

Michael Benson | 5:00PM—6:00PM
Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, and the Making of a Masterpiece


Budd MishkinBroadcaster

Budd Mishkin is a broadcast journalist in New York City. As correspondent and host for NY1’s weekly profile series, One on 1 with Budd Mishkin, Mishkin profiled almost 400 influential New Yorkers with significant personal and professional ties to the city.

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Richard PanekAuthor

A Guggenheim Fellow in Science Writing, Richard Panek received the American Institute of Physics Science Communication Award in 2012. He teaches in the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University and in the MFA Writing program at Goddard College.

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Lisa BarrettNeuroscientist, Psychologist

Lisa Barrett is a University Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Northeastern University, with positions in psychiatry and radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

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Michael BensonAuthor, Artist

Michael Benson’s work focuses on the intersection of art and science. A writer, artist, and filmmaker, Benson has staged a series of large-scale shows of reprocessed planetary landscape photography in major museums.

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Susana Martinez-CondeNeuroscientist

Susana Martinez-Conde is a neuroscientist and Professor at the State University of New York. She is best known for her studies on illusions, eye movements and perception, neurological disorders, and attentional misdirection in stage magic.

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Oren HarmanAuthor

Oren Harman is the Chair of the Program in Science Technology and Society at Bar Ilan University and a Senior Fellow at the Van Leer Institute. He trained in history and biology at Oxford and Harvard and became a renowned professor of the history of science.

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Janice KaplanAuthor

Janice Kaplan has enjoyed wide success as a magazine editor, television producer, writer, and journalist. The former editor-in-chief of Parade magazine, she is the author of thirteen popular books including the New York Times bestseller The Gratitude Diaries, which received international praise.

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Stephen MacknikNeuroscientist, Author

Stephen Macknik is currently an Empire Innovator Scholar and a professor of Ophthalmology, Neurology, and Physiology/Pharmacology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Macknik received his PhD at Harvard University.

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Barnaby MarshAuthor

Barnaby Marsh is an expert on risk taking. As a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, Dr. Marsh did pioneering research on decision making in complex situations. He works with leaders of major corporations, foundations, and philanthropists, and continues academic research at both the Center for Evolutionary Dynamics at Harvard and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.

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Ken MillerBiologist, Author

Ken Miller is professor of Biology at Brown University. He serves as life science advisor to the NewsHour on PBS and is coauthor, with Joseph S. Levine, of Biology textbooks used by millions of students. In 2005, he served as lead witness in the trial on evolution and intelligent design in Dover, Pennsylvania.

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Andrew RevkinEnvironmental Journalist, Author

Andrew Revkin is one of America’s most honored and experienced journalists and authors focused on environmental and human sustainability. He recently joined the staff of the National Geographic Society as strategic adviser for environmental and science journalism.

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