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New York, NY - Speak Up, Rise Up

  • QED 27-16 23rd Avenue Astoria, NY, 11105 United States (map)

The Story Collider presents an evening of storytelling from activists from the Speak Up, Rise Up community. This collaboration between the Speak Up, Rise Up Festival and The Story Collider seeks to illuminate the intersection between science and activism through the true, personal stories of advocates themselves.

Doors at 7pm, Show at 7:30pm

Hosted by Erin Barker and Nisse Greenberg

Stories by:


Briana Christophers is an MD-PhD student at the Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program at Weill Cornell Medicine, Memorial Sloan Kettering, and Rockefeller University. She spends her time working on projects related to embryology, environmental health justice, and mentoring the next generation of diverse physicians and scientists. She recently co-authored the e-book “The Free Guide to Medical School Admission.” She is a Miami native and graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Molecular Biology. You can follow her reflections on being a Latina woman growing into a physician-scientist and future pediatrician on Twitter (@BriChristophers), where she is also the co-leader of @LatinasInMed and @MedStudentChat.


Born in NYC - Raised in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn living with adopted Family. Titus Battle earned an Academic Scholarship to attend the UAB in Birmingham, Alabama and has spent the last 33 years in Birmingham, Ala. being a Friend & Father to his Children and now serves as Grand-Father & Friend to the 2 Grand-Daughters. After 30 years of living without a college degree, Mr. Battle returned to college in 2012 to complete his degree and graduated with honors from and HBCU called Miles College in Fairfield, Alabama with a Bachelor of Science in Child Development Education. He is currently in pursuit of a Masters in Applied Psychology so as to be qualified to begin: The Promise to Children Foundation, Inc. A 24 hour human development organization ~ for and about ~ The healthy development of Children. We will: Feed, Educate, House and Love (Treat with dignity & Respect) all unwanted, abused, forgotten, homeless, hungry, sick and dying children in America and subsequently throughout the world. This is me, Titus Battle, always trying to grow up to be somebody...Peace...


Victoria Ruiz is an Assistant Professor and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine at NYU Langone medical center. She obtained her PhD in Pathobiology from Brown University, and she completed her postdoctoral work at New York University Langone Medical Center. Her primary research focuses on the effects of environmental perturbations of microbial communities on host immunity and physiology. In addition to research, she is passionate about increasing equity and inclusion in STEM and developing new and innovative pedagogical strategies to improve learning outcome for undergraduate students interested in pursuing STEM fields.

Earlier Event: October 17
Milwaukee, WI - Wisconsin Science Fest
Later Event: October 23
Boston, MA - Unscripted