Bill Nye is a scientist, engineer, comedian, and inventor. He has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University where he studied under Carl Sagan, and worked on the 747 as an engineer at Boeing before creating and hosting his much-loved Emmy award-winning PBS/Discovery Channel show Bill Nye the Science Guy. He holds three Honorary Doctorate degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Goucher College, and Johns Hopkins, and teaches at Cornell regularly as a visiting professor. “Evolution is one of the most powerful and important ideas ever developed in the history of science. Every question it raises leads to new answers, new discoveries, and new smarter questions. The science of evolution is as expansive as nature itself. It is also the most meaningful creation story that humans have ever found.”—Bill Nye
Sparked by a controversial debate in February 2014, Bill Nye has set off on an energetic campaign to spread awareness of evolution and the powerful way it shapes our lives. In Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation, he explains why race does not really exist; evaluates the true promise and peril of genetically modified food; reveals how new species are born, in a dog kennel and in a London subway; takes a stroll through 4.5 billion years of time; and explores the new search for alien life, including aliens right here on Earth.
Emily Levine does for science what Jon Stewart does for news: she critiques it, she makes it relevant and she makes it funny. Whether as a comedian, a writer, a radio commentator and/or speaker, she updates her audience on Big Ideas from science and shows how these Ideas suggest changes in our social institutions, our business practices, even our everyday behavior. Emily Levine graduated cum laude from Harvard with no idea what to do, so she moved to Rome and dubbed spaghetti westerns; moved to Brooklyn and taught autistic children, then joined an improvisational comedy group called “The New York City Stickball Team”, wrote and performed an Emmy-award winning series of skits on TV; and became a comedian. But as stand-up became less satisfying — not to mention less lucrative — Emily became a television writer/producer, working on shows such as “Designing Women“, “Love and War” and “Dangerous Minds“. Her TED talk has over 1.5 million hits and she was recently voted one of the all-time top TED speakers. Currently, Emily is in post-production on a movie, “Emily @ the Edge of Chaos” and preparing the launch of a trans-media project called “Emily’s Universe University“. Both projects share a common mission: using comedy, animations, celebrity guests and visual effects to make science accessible and using science to shift us from Old Think to New Think, from the Law of Gravity to the Law of Levity, from the fear of change to an embrace of the challenges ahead.
PURCHASE TICKETS $20 General Admission seats $43 Reserved Seats & includes Bill Nye’s book $95 Pre-reception (6:30-7:30pm), Reserved seat, book *a book signing follows the talk.