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    "There are obviously two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live."
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    We're a Canadian family of five, farming and home schooling. I'm nowhere near as regular a blogger as I used to be.

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World Science Festival in New York, June 2009

Just had an email with the schedule for next month’s World Science Festival in New York City, June 10-14.

Some of the events include:

“Navigating the Cosmos” with Lawrence Krauss and Neil deGrasse Tyson

“The Hudson Since Henry: A Natural and Unnatural History”

“Infinite Worlds” with Festival creator physicist Brian Greene, NPR science correspondent Robert Krulwich, philosopher Nick Bostrom, Nobel Laureate David Gross, and others

And oodles of others fascinating programs, including some special Youth & Family events, including “Bio Blitzing in the Boroughs”, whose “participants are invited to attend the [World Science Festival] Street Fair on Sunday to showcase, discuss, and analyze their findings guided by America’s consummate naturalist, EO Wilson”.  In addition to the great EO Wilson, the Street Fair’s “author alley” will include Lawrence Krauss, Eric W. Sanderson, Richard Wrangham, Evalyn Gates, Brian Floca, Mary Stetten Carson, Deborah Heiligman, and Bill Schutt.  Also at the Street Festival will be a Math Factory, Discovery Labs, the Bio Bus.  And Galileo will apparently be putting in an appearance.

More here at the World Science Festival website

And don’t miss physicist and WSF participant Laurence Krauss’s article last year in Science magazine on “Science Festivals: Science as Culture”.  As a PDF here if the previous link doesn’t work.

(I’ll try to add some author links to the above as time allows, which it doesn’t right now)

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2 Responses

  1. Holy cannoli! I had no idea. Yippee! Thank you, Becky.

  2. I’ve just discovered your wonderful blog (and I love the meadowlark icon!!!) and will be linking to it on my blog. I was searching for the poem “I meant to do my work today” for my writing blog, http://thoughtsongs.blogspot.com and came across the excellent post you did in 2007 about the poem and the poet. Thank you!

    And about the Science Street Fair — what a cool idea!

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