March 2, 2014 § Leave a comment


Smart, sexy, and sassy actor/vocalist Gia Mora, a.k.a. Einstein’s Girl, loves science and storytelling. She brings together beloved jazz standards with standup comedy and original music, taking us on a journey to the edges of the universe and the interiors of our hearts.

For Rachel Rosen, a cosmologist and field theorist at Columbia, the cosmos and gravity are a wondrous playground, and mathematics a way to express its potentialities. When she is not chasing away ghosts. Join us on their journey to worlds far out and within.



February 2, 2014 § Leave a comment


Ann Senghas of Barnard College explores the ways in which language learners and language users create ordered systems from disorder, and specifically the emergence of grammatical structure in a new sign language being created over generations of deaf children and adolescents in Nicaragua.
Jason Kao Hwang, a composer and violinist with roots in jazz and improvisational music, aspires to express life through a voice and language inseparable from that life. He imagines that the Chinese language his parents spoke at home was his formative musical experience. Jason will be joined by pianist Chris Forbes.

Language and music are both learned. But do they need to be taught? Come and hear of the improviser’s primal voice, inseparable from life, emerging through wonderful music and fascinating psychology.


January 5, 2014 § Leave a comment


Not slow and beyond escargot, the sea snails that Mandë Holford, a chemical biologist at Hunter and Research Associate at The American Museum of Natural History, studies are breaking new ground. These snails prey on fish, worms, and, if you get too close, humans. In a twist of nature, the venoms of these snails are starting to outshine their beautiful shells. Mandë will describe how scientists harness the lethal power of snail venom to develop drugs to treat chronic pain and other ailments. Dan Latham, the great Chef at our own Cornelia Street Café will demonstrate that there is much more to edible snails than the standard fare of escargots drowned in oil and garlic. In a tasting adventure of delectable morsels, you’ll experience the varied ways snails from Thailand to Portugal are prepared and served. Good to the last bite, no snail show is complete without words from Roald, who will share a poem dedicated to Stephen Jay Gould or a royal tale of snail indigo. Drugs, cuisine, and poetry… it’s a snail, snail world!

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