This April, join us at Union Hall in Brooklyn for five stories of dangerous situations in science. Tickets on sale now! Hosted by Ben Lillie and Erin Barker.
Jo Firestone is a comedian and producer based in Brooklyn, NY. She creates and hosts several alt. comedy shows around the city, including The Incredible Game Show Showcase, Punderdome 3000, Friends of Single People, and The Unexpectashow, among others. She is a regular contributor to The Chris Gethard Show on Fusion. Her radio show, Dr. Gameshow, can be heard every Monday night from 6-7pm EST on WFMU.
Dawn J. Fraser is a storyteller, educator and and nationally acclaimed speaker based out of New York City. She is the Host of the live show and upcoming podcast ‘Barbershop Stories’, which features storytellers performing true tales in barbershops and salons. Dawn has created programs for college students, educators and entrepreneurs to develop leadership potential through storytelling, and is an Instructor with The Moth and The Story Studio. She was featured amongst some of the nation’s top innovators and change makers as a speaker at TED@NYC and has performed in shows including The Moth Mainstage, Story Collider, RISK and The Unchained Tour. She loves being a twin, a Trinidadian, and tweetable @dawnjfraser.
As a graduate student, Sloka Iyengar used electrophysiology to study epilepsy, specifically to understand how neuronal circuits can generate and sustain epileptic seizures. For her postdoctoral work, she investigated neurogenesis (the production of new neurons) in a part of the brain called the hippocampus. She then worked with people with epilepsy and their caregivers as a clinical researcher at an epilepsy clinic. Sloka is a science writer and an advocate for science funding and also a dancer who has performed in and around New York.
Hope Jahren has received three Fulbright Awards in geobiology and is one of four scientists, and the only woman, to have been awarded both of the Young Investigator Medals given in the earth sciences. Named by Popular Science in 2005 as one of the “Brilliant 10” young scientists, she has taught and pursued independent research at universities around the country, most recently as a tenured professor at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa in Honolulu. (Photo by Erica Morrow.)
Will Miles is a comedian and a Chicago native. Having toured for years with names like Hannibal Buress, Eric Andre, and Jerrod Carmichael, he now co-hosts the popular weekly show at The Knitting Factory in New York and co-hosts the popular podcast "Hopefully We Don't Break Up" with fellow comedian, Giulia Rozzi. He has been in Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Brooklyn Comedy Festival, and New York Comedy Festival, and his debut stand up comedy album is coming out in 2016 on the Comedy Dynamics label. Will has been in a couple of national commercials and played characters on truTV, Fusion, MTV, and other cable networks. He is currently working as a writer on season 2 of The Chris Gethard Show on Fusion. Photo by Mindy Tucker.