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From Aristotle to South Park: Applying the Emerging “Science of Narrative” to Science

October 5, 2015 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


The University of Chicago is happy to welcome Randy Olson back to campus for the launch of his new book, “Houston: We Have a Narrative. Why Science Needs Story.”

Randy Olson has had two careers: a Harvard trained PhD, he was a tenured professor of marine biology. And he has spent 20 years in Hollywood as a film-maker. He will share insights on the fundamental laws of grabbing and keeping audience attention, and how to apply them in complex environments such as science and medicine without “dumbing down.”

Randy is the author of “Don’t Be Such a Scientist: Talking Substance in an Age of Style,” and the upcoming “Houston: We Have a Narrative. Why Science Needs Story,” about to be launched by the University of Chicago Press. He is a consultant and workshop leader for organizations such as NIH, CDC, EPA, AAAS, Johns Hopkins Medical Center, Princeton, USC Children’s Hospital, and many more.

Tickets are free but please register here.  This event is open to all members of the University of Chicago community. Randy’s talk will help scholars of all disciplines evaluate and improve their public and professional communication skills.

The talk will take place at:

Biological Sciences Learning Center, Room 115
924 E. 57th Street
Chicago, Il 60637

This event is offered as part of the myCHOICE (CHicago Options In Career Empowerment) program.


October 5, 2015
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


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University of Chicago, Biological Sciences Learning Center
924 E. 57th Street
Chiago, IL 60637 United States