Good books broaden our horizons and inspire new conversations, no matter where we are! Join the Florida Museum of Natural History and Alachua County Library District for the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read, a series of events building community while lifting the voices of women in science!
Join us for our Keynote Speaker, science communicator and YouTube star, Emily Graslie in this FREE virtual event followed by Q&A! As The Field Museum’s ‘Chief Curiosity Correspondent,’ she served as creator, host and writer of The BrainScoop, an educational YouTube channel with 200+ episodes about natural history that have been viewed more than 32 million times. She is also the host of Prehistoric Road Trip on PBS.
- 45 minute presentation by Emily Graslie:
The Power of Curiosity
Following her curiosity has taken Emily Graslie everywhere, from deep into the bat caves of Kenya, to exploring the wonder within our own backyards. Join her to learn about her journey as a science communicator on YouTube, and how that experience led her to becoming a trailblazer for PBS on Prehistoric Road Trip.
- 15 minute Q&A
Emily Graslie was born and raised in Rapid City, South Dakota. After moving to Missoula, Montana to pursue an undergraduate degree in fine art painting, she fell in love with the campus vertebrate research collection as a place of artistic inspiration. What started off as a passionate volunteering position within a small museum eventually transformed into a full-time career as an advocate for these under-appreciated repositories.
Emily has received numerous awards and recognitions for her work, including the American Alliance of Museum’s Nancy Hanks Award for Professional Excellence. She’s a six-time Webby Award nominee and honoree in the ‘Online Science/Education Channel’ and ‘Web Personality/Host’ categories; a member of the 2018 Forbes 30 under 30 list in Education; and was named as one of the Chicagoans of the Year in the Arts in 2017 by the Chicago Tribune. Recently, in recognition of her outreach efforts, scientists at the Universities of Florida and Paraná in Brazil named a new species of butterfly in her honor: Wahydra graslieae.
NEA Big Read Series
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NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.
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