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Upcoming events

Virginia Morell to Speak at the Nourse Theater in San Francisco

Today, there are many scientists who recognize that humans are not unique in their ability to use tools, communicate or even to think and feel emotions. In her latest book, Animal Wise: The Thoughts and Emotions of Our Fellow Creatures Virginia Morell reveals an astounding capacity for ideas and feelings among wild and domestic species. She documents surprising examples of self-reflection and distinctive personality.

Virginia Morell covers evolutionary biology, conservation, and animal behavior for Science and is a regular contributor to National Geographic. Her writing has also appeared in Slate, The New York Times Magazine, Smithsonian, and elsewhere. Her books include Ancestral Passions, a dramatic biography of the famed Leakey family, and Blue Nile, about her journey down the Blue Nile, from Ethiopia to Sudan.

Virginia will be in conversation with Roy Eisenhardt who teaches at Berkeley Law and previously served as the Executive Director for the California Academy of Sciences.

Date: Wednesday, March 18th
Time: 7:30
Location: The historic Nourse Theatre at 275 Hayes Street in San Francisco
(Tickets here)


Virginia Morell to Speak at Santa Barbara Museum of Art

In conjunction with the exhibition Art to Zoo: Exploring Animal Natures, noted science writer Virginia Morell explores the frontiers of research on animal cognition and emotion, offering a surprising and moving exploration into the hearts and minds of wild and domestic animals. Morell is also the author of Ancestral Passions, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, Blue Nile, and co-author, with Richard Leakey, of Wildlife Wars. She is also a prolific contributor to National Geographic, Science, and Smithsonian magazines and other publications. A book signing follows the lecture.


Date: Thursday, November 20,

Time: 5:30 to 7 PM

Location: Mary Craig Auditorium, Santa Barbara Museum of Art




Join Monte Beauchamp, author of Masterful Marks: Cartoonists Who Changed the World (Simon & Schuster), at the Ann Nathan Gallery in Chicago for a book signing event.

Date: Friday, September 19

Time: 5-9 P.M.

Location: Ann Nathan Gallery, 212 West Superior St., Chicago, IL 60654

The Inner World of Animals with Virginia Morell

Explore the latest scientific breakthroughs in animal intelligence and emotions at the Human Society of Chittenden County's annual fall education event, featuring speaker Virginia Morell: acclaimed science writer, journalist, and National Geographic Society lecturer! Virginia will present on the topic of her latest book: Animal Wise, The Thoughts and Emotions of Our Fellow Creatures.

Date: Wednesday, November 20

Time: 6-9 P.M.

Location: Main Street Landing Film House & Lake Lobby, 60 Lake Street, Burlington

(Tickets here)

Virginia Morell to Lecture at University of Pittsburgh

Join Animal Friends for an exciting and informative program with Virginia Morell, author of Animal Wise, a noted science writer, and a prolific contributor to National Geographic, Science, and Smithsonian, among others.


Date: Thursday, October 17

Time: 7:30 P.M.

Location: University Club—The University of Pittsburgh, 123 University Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15260

(Tickets here.)

Dr. Stephen Kellert on NPR

Listen to Dr. Stephen Kellert discuss Birthright: People and Nature in the Modern World, now available from Yale University Press, described by Richard Louv as a "moving memoir and a finely tuned analysis, and a gift to future generations and to the individuals and organizations determined to usher in a 21st century human/nature reunion. Here is a topological map of the future."
Friday, Dec. 14th: NPR's "Living on Earth"
Saturday, Dec. 29th: NPR's "Talk of the Nation"


Austin Troy to Discuss How Energy Efficiency Impacts Urban Economies

Don't miss Austin Troy, author of The Very Hungry City, in conversation with actor and environmental icon Ed Begley Jr. and LivingHomes CEO Steve Glenn discussing energy efficiency at all levels, from individual green buildings to entire cities.

They will talk about these issues in the context of Austin’s newly published book, which looks at how cities consume energy and explores how cities can significantly reduce their “energy metabolism” in order to create a competitive advantage in attracting firms, investment and residents as energy gets more expensive in the future. 

Date:  Saturday, March 3rd  
Time:  3 to 5pm
Location: Steve Glenn’s LivingHome
2914 Highland Ave., Santa Monica
Price FREE to Yale Club Members and Yale School of Forestry alumni; $10 non-members
(Tickets here)


See James Hormel at NYC Barnes & Noble

Ambassador James Hormel will read from his new memoir Fit to Serve and explain why he believes social and policital engagement matter now more than ever.

January 10th
Barnes & Noble
2289 Broadway (at 82nd)
New York, New York


Catch Ellen Graf's upcoming radio interviews

Ellen Graf, author of THE NATURAL LAWS OF GOOD LUCK, will be interviewed on the following radio programs this fall:

Oct. 4th:
"Keeping Connected" on WSTC (1400) and WNLK (1350), 8:06PM EST

Oct. 14th:
"Streetwise Spirituality", KWRM (106.9FM, Seattle), 9:00PM EST

Nov. 20th:
"Marianne Live", 1:15PM EST

Ellen also has an article coming out in the Oct/Nov issue of Shambhala Sun, "Failure is the Name of a Song."


John Pollack on The Bob Edwards Show

The Bob Edwards Show: "John Pollack celebrates the silly side in his latest book, The Pun Also Rises. Pollack has been punning all his life, and in 1995, he won the O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships. In the book, Pollack says that puns have been around since the dawn of written language, and that word play is an instrumental part of human history." Listen to the interview here.


Tamara Reynolds shares the perfect picnic recipe

Forking Fantastic! author Tamara Reynolds shares a recipie for Watermelon Feta Salad on Daily Candy.



Lawrence Scott Sheets in "Countdown to Zero"

Lawrence Scott Sheets appears as an on-screen expert in "Countdown to Zero", the Emily Walker (writer) and Lawrence Bender (producer) documentary about loose nukes, now playing in select theaters.



Kenneth Stern's WITH CHARITY FOR ALL sold to Doubleday Books

Former CEO/COO of National Public Radio, Kenneth Stern’s WITH CHARITY FOR ALL, using narratives, hard-hitting research and personal insights to expose the surprising failings of the charitable world -- a sector which includes 2 million separate organizations and comprises 10% of the US economy -- and to advocate for more effective social change, to Kristine Puopolo of Doubleday Books.





Philip Zimbardo's TED Presentation

Phil Zimbardo speaks on the significance of one's attitude towards time, the subject of his book The Time Paradox, at TED Talks.



Interview with Tamara Reynolds on Gadling

Tamara Reynolds speaks on travel, Sunday Night Dinner, and Forking Fantastic! in an interview with



July 5 New Yorker Cover by Bob Staake

Bob Staake is the cover artist for the July 5 issue of The New Yorker.



A WORLD WITHOUT ICE nominated for Royal Society Prize

Dr. Henry Pollack's A World Without Ice has been included on the longlist for the 2010 Royal Society Prize for Science Books



Hazel Markus and Alana Conner's HOW TO MAKE A SELF sold to Hudson Street Press

Renowned cultural psychologists Dr. Hazel Markus, Davis-Brack Professor in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, and Dr. Alana Conner's HOW TO MAKE A SELF, using original research as well as stories and studies from around the world to present a new understanding of the influence that culture has on personal identity – and the other way around sold to Caroline Sutton at Hudson Street Press.



Bob Staake's three-book series sold to Playbac

New Yorker cover artist and children’s illustrator Bob Staake's three-book series: SHAPES, COLORS, and ABC will use his signature style to bring new energy to picture book basics. Sold to Alexis Barad-Cutler at Playbac.


Ulrich Boser on Musee d'Art Moderne thefts

In this Wall Street Journal Op-Ed, Ulrich Boser's discusses art theft and museum management in light of the May 20th heist from the Musee d'Art Moderne in Paris.



Saleem Ali a 2010 National Geographic Emerging Explorer

Saleem Ali has been named a 2010 National Geographic Emerging Explorer. The grant recognizes and promotes the work of academics, artists, and professionals across various fields early in their careers.



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