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Radiolab Host Coming To San Antonio For Free Lecture

Jad Abumrad

Jad Abumrad, host and creator of the award-winning program, Radiolab, is coming to San Antonio on Sunday, Sept. 18 for a lecture at Trinity University’s Laurie Auditorium, presented by the Mind Science Foundation.

This lecture, “Gut Churn,” begins with a simple question: What does it mean to “innovate?” How does it feel to make something new in the world? (These are questions Jad Abumrad was frequently asked after being awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 2011). This lecture, on one level, is the personal story of how Jad invented a new aesthetic. On another, it is a clinic in the art of storytelling. On a third and more profound level, the lecture is the result of a three-year investigation into the science, philosophy and art of uncertainty, which all began with the two words that are the title of this talk. Gut churn. What use do negative feelings have during the creative process? Do those feelings get in the way, or do they propel us forward? (The presentation will include: audio clips, still images, video, live sound manipulation).

The lecture begins at 6:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. No tickets are needed for entry.

This event is sponsored by Mind Science Foundation, Texas Public Radio, and Trinity University's Neuroscience Program and the Lecturers and Visiting Scholars Committee.

Additional thanks to TPR sponsors Stone Standard, the San Antonio Express-News, and UT Health Science Center San Antonio's Graduate School of Bio-Medical Sciences.

  • What: GUT CHURN, featuring Radiolab's Jad Abumrad
  • Where: Trinity University's Laurie Auditorium
  • When: Sunday, September 18, 6:30 p.m.

Brain Science Festival

This Distinguished Speaker Series event will be preceded by the inaugural Brain Science Festival in the same location just an hour earlier. So please come a bit early and take a journey with us through the different regions of the brain. Attendees can pick up a BrainFest passport and check out the different regions of the brain with games and interactive demonstrations and riddles. You can test your smelling recognition skills, see things that aren't really there, test word connections in your brain, solve riddles and puzzles, test your memory and try your hand at some problem solving. Once all the sections have been completed, you can turn in your passport to be entered into a raffle for a fun selection of prizes. There will be take home activity workbooks as well as a preserved brain to check out! This event is also FREE and open to all ages and interests.