Festival Closing Conversation with Neil deGrasse Tyson

Temporary graphic for Festival Closing Conversation with Neil deGrasse Tyson on Monday, September 26 at R.J. Reynolds Auditorium.

Join us on Monday, September 26 for the Festival Closing Conversation with Neil deGrasse Tyson at R.J. Reynolds Auditorium!

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Tyson will be on book tour discussing his new book, Starry Messenger: Cosmic Perspectives on Civilization. He will be conversation with Matt and Shari Brady, STEM educators and co-founders of the nonprofit organization The Science Of (TSO). 

Tickets are $30 plus taxes and fees and will include a pre-signed copy of Starry Messenger. As available, $10 rush tickets will be on sale at the door for students and educators for second level admission (no books included).  Additional copies of Tyson's books will be for sale at the event. There will be no signing line.  

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  • When: Monday, September 26 at 7 pm
  • Where: R.J. Reynolds Auditorium
  • Cost: $30 (+ tax & fees); includes a pre-signed copy of Starry Messenger: Cosmic Perspectives on Civilization. Click here to get tickets.
  • Backlist will be available for purchase at the event
  • No signing line
  • No refunds will be provided

About Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil deGrasse Tyson is an astrophysicist and the author of the #1 bestselling Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, among other books. He is the director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History, where he has served since 1996. Dr. Tyson is also the host and co-founder of the Emmy-nominated popular podcast StarTalk and its spinoff StarTalk Sports Edition, which combine science, humor, and pop culture. He is a recipient of 21 honorary doctorates, the Public Welfare Medal from the National Academy of Sciences, and the Distinguished Public Service Medal from NASA. Asteroid 13123 Tyson is named in his honor.

About Starry Messenger

Bringing his cosmic perspective to civilization on Earth, Neil deGrasse Tyson shines new light on the crucial fault lines of our time—war, politics, religion, truth, beauty, gender, and race—in a way that stimulates a deeper sense of unity for us all. In a time when our political and cultural views feel more polarized than ever, Tyson provides a much-needed antidote to so much of what divides us, while making a passionate case for the twin chariots of enlightenment—a cosmic perspective and the rationality of science. After thinking deeply about how science sees the world and about Earth as a planet, the human brain has the capacity to reset and recalibrates life’s priorities, shaping the actions we might take in response. No outlook on culture, society, or civilization remains untouched. With crystalline prose, Starry Messenger walks us through the scientific palette that sees and paints the world differently. From insights on resolving global conflict to reminders of how precious it is to be alive, Tyson reveals, with warmth and eloquence, an array of brilliant and beautiful truths that apply to us all, informed and enlightened by knowledge of our place in the universe.


About Matt & Shari Brady 

Matt Brady is an award-winning science educator, author, and communicator. Before entering public education, he co-founded the comics news website Newsarama.com. Currently in his 14th year of teaching high school chemistry and physics, Brady has a Master’s degree in Marine Biology and is completing a Master’s in Science Writing at 
Johns Hopkins University. Along with writing about pop culture and science on TheScienceOf.org, he’s the author of The Science of Rick and Morty, a science consultant on DC Comics’ Flash Facts. In addition, he can often be found doing science demonstrations and moderating “The Science Of…” panels at comic cons.

Shari Brady is a STEM educator with an extensive science research background. With 16 years in 6-12 public science education and a Ph.D. in Science Education, she brings a wealth of pedagogical expertise to the STEM education field. Currently, she is the Vice President of Education and Engagement at Kaleideum in Winston-Salem, NC
where she oversees all educational programming and informal guest engagement. She is also an adjunct professor at Winston-Salem State University in the Dept of Education, where she teaches science methods and serves as a University supervisor for pre-service teachers in the Education program.

About The Science Of... (TSO)

The Science Of… (TSO) is a non-profit founded by Matt and Shari Brady, STEM Educators and passionate pursuers of relevant and fun approaches to teaching science and technology. In addition to writing articles exploring the intersection of science and pop culture, Matt and Shari were the science consultants on DC Comics’ Flash Facts and have created a line of STEM activity kits and speak at both science teaching conferences and comic cons nationwide.

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Event date: 
Monday, September 26, 2022 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
R.J. Reynolds Auditorium
301 Hawthorne Road Northwest
Winston-Salem, NC 27104