What does it mean to be a true communicator?

Two of the best, Academy Award-nominated actor Alan Alda and astrophysicist and science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson discuss Alda’s new book, If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face? It’s a guide to improving the way we relate to each other using improv games, storytelling, acting, empathy, science and our own innate abilities. Join them to learn more!

Brief Bios

Alan Alda has earned international recognition as an actor, writer and director. He has won seven Emmy Awards, received three Tony nominations, is an inductee of the Television Hall of Fame and was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in The Aviator. Alda played Hawkeye Pierce on the classic television series M*A*S*H, and his films include Crimes and Misdemeanors, Everyone Says I Love You, Manhattan Murder Mystery, Bridge of Spies and many more. Alda is an active member of the science community, having hosted the award-winning series Scientific American Frontiers for eleven years and founded the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University. Alda is the author of two bestselling books, Never Have Your Dog Stuffed: And Other Things I’ve Learned and Things I Overheard While Talking To Myself.

Neil deGrasse Tyson earned his BA in physics from Harvard and his PhD in astrophysics from Columbia. Tyson’s professional research interests are broad but include star formation, exploding stars, dwarf galaxies and the structure of our Milky Way. In 2001, Tyson was appointed by President Bush to serve on a 12-member commission that studied the future of the US aerospace industry. In 2004, Tyson was once again appointed by President Bush to serve on a nine-member commission on the implementation of United States space exploration policy, dubbed the Moon, Mars and Beyond commission. And in 2006, the head of NASA appointed Tyson to serve on its prestigious Advisory Council. In addition to dozens of professional publications, Tyson was a monthly essayist for Natural History magazine and is the author of 10 books, including his memoir, The Sky Is Not the Limit: Adventures of an Urban Astrophysicist; Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution, co-written with Donald Goldsmith; Death by Black Hole and Other Cosmic Quandaries, which was a New York Times bestseller; and The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America's Favorite Planet, chronicling his experience at the center of the controversy over Pluto’s planetary status. Tyson is the fifth head of the world-renowned Hayden Planetarium in New York City and the first occupant of its Frederick P. Rose Directorship.

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    Date: Wed, Jun 7, 2017, 8 pm

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