Friday, May 10, 2013

Badass Himself Neil deGrasse Tyson Coming to Winter Park (along with Ken Burns, Arun Gandhi, and others)

By Ken Storey

If you ever have been on the internet (hello!) then you've probably seen the famous Neil deGrasse Tyson reaction meme.  By far one of the most popular memes of all time the meme has made Neil deGrasse Tyson one of the most famous astrophysicist of all time.  His insane amount of knowledge doesn't hurt either.  Tyson has ten books and is currently working on a 21st century reboot of Carl Sagan's landmark television series COSMOS, to air in 13 episodes on the FOX network in the spring of 2014.  For five seasons Tyson was also the on-camera host of PBS-NOVA's spinoff program NOVA ScienceNOW.

The world famous astrophysicist is coming to Winter Park on September 12, 2013 as part of the Winter Park Institute 2013 fall speaking schedule.  deGrassee Tyson isn't the only huge name scheduled for the 2013/2014 speaking schedule.

  • Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, will be the speaker on October 2, 2013.
  • United States Poet Laureate 2001-2003 Billy Collins will speak on November 7, 2013.
  • Wall Street Journal Theater Critic and Author Terry Teachout will kick off the 2014 series on February 4.
  • Documentarist Ken Burns will be the guest speaking on April 7, 2014.


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1 comment:

jenvargas said...

Very excited about Neil coming to Rollins! I'm impressed that you guys even know who Neil deGrasse Tyson is. Well done Ken! The meme alone hasn't made him famous. Preaching the gospel of STEM alongside his tenure at Hayden Planetarium, his very popular radio show StarTalk and his countless appearances on Real Time with Bill Maher, The Daily Show, Colbert Report have more to do with his badass status than anything. No matter where he is, Neil is always the coolest guy in the room. A gifted and captivating speaker - his passion is truly infectious! I will never forget the afternoon our NASASocial group had with him, chatting on the causeway!