Story Collider: In Danger

Story Collider: In Danger

Jo Firestone, Dawn J. Fraser, Sloka Iyenga, Hope Jahren, Will Miles, Ben Lillie, Erin Barker

Tue, April 19, 2016

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Union Hall - Brooklyn

Brooklyn, NY

$10.00

Tickets Available at the Door

This event is 21 and over

**PLEASE NOTE: This event will be mixed seated/standing. Arrive early for best seat selection.

Story Collider
Story Collider
The Story Collider was founded in 2010 by Ben Lillie and Brian Wecht, two physicists who met at a storytelling show in Queens and quickly realized that they could do that too. Since then, The Story Collider has been bringing true, personal stories about science to life both through our many live shows as well as our weekly podcast, and we've used what we've learned about science and stories to teach scientists to use narrative in our university and corporate workshop program.

We believe that, now, more than ever, science is a part of everyone's life. At The Story Collider, you'll hear from scientists about all the times things went wrong, and occasionally right, in their labs, but you'll also hear from people who haven't had a formal connection to science since high school. We have physicists, comedians, neuroscientists, writers, actors, doctors, and many, many more telling their story. Some are heartbreaking; some are hilarious. They're all true, and all, in one way or another, are about science.
Jo Firestone
Jo Firestone
Jo Firestone is a comedian based in Brooklyn, New York. Her work can be seen on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The Chris Gethard Show, and heard on WFMU. She was recently named a New Face at the 2016 Just for Laughs Festival. If you like puns, check out Punderdome: A Card Game for Pun Lovers. If you don't like puns, please disregard. You can also see Jo doing stand-up in different basements around the city. Hope you like basements!
Dawn J. Fraser
Dawn J. Fraser
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.
Sloka Iyenga
Sloka Iyenga
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 professional dancer who has performed in and around New York.
Hope Jahren
Hope Jahren
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
Will Miles
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.
Ben Lillie
Ben Lillie
Ben Lillie is a high-energy particle physicist who left the ivory tower for the wilds of New York's theater district. He has a B.A. in physics from Reed College, a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Stanford University, and a Certificate in improv comedy from the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. He is the founder of Caveat, an event space dedicated to intellectual nightlife opening soon. He is also co-founder of The Story Collider, where people are invited to tell stories of their personal experience of science, is a Moth StorySLAM champion, and was a writer and contributing editor for TED.com.
Erin Barker
Erin Barker
Erin Barker is senior producer of The Story Collider and a host of its live show in New York. She is the first woman to win The Moth's GrandSLAM storytelling competition twice and has appeared in its Mainstage and shows in cities across the country, as well as on its Peabody Award-winning show on PRX, The Moth Radio Hour. One of her stories was included in The Moth's New York Times-bestselling book, The Moth: 50 True Stories. She considers herself a Gryffindor.
Venue Information:
Union Hall - Brooklyn
702 Union Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11215
http://www.unionhallny.com/