Living at the Intersection Symposium


Dan Fagin

Dan Fagin portrait

Dan Fagin is a science journalism professor at New York University. His bestselling book, Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation, was awarded the 2014 Pulitzer for General Nonfiction, as well as the New York Public Library’s Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism, the National Academies Science Book Award and the Society of Environmental Journalists’ Rachel Carson Environment Book Award, among other honors. 

Dan Fagin Talk Title and Bio

Carl Hart, Ph.D.

Carl Hart Keynote speaker

Carl Hart is the Ziff Professor of Psychology in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry at Columbia University. He is also a research scientist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. He has published more than 100 scientific and popular articles in the area of neuropsychopharmacology. He is also coauthor of the best-selling textbook Drugs, Society and Human Behavior (with Charles Ksir). His forthcoming book is entitled, Drug Use for Grown-upsChasing Liberty in the Land of Fear.

Carl Hart Talk Title and Bio


All Day Program (subject to change)

Friday, October 30, 2020 (all times ET)

9:00-9:15 am  

  • Welcome and Introductions 

9:15-10:05 am  

  • Morning Keynote – Dan Fagin, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Toms River: A Story of Science  and Salvation                          

10:15-11:15 am 

  • Panel 1 - What constitutes data and evidence? How do scientists and society interact with data?         
    • Chairs:  Mala Murthy and Sam Wang  
    • Panel:  Mala Murthy (Moderator), Sam Wang, Ali  Nouri, and Olga Troyanskaya 

11:20-12:20 pm

  • Panel 2 -  How are data and evidence presented and communicated?             
    • Chairs: Mike Lemonick and Jen Schwartz 
    • Panel: Mike Lemonick (Moderator), Stephanie Anglin, Matt Daniels, Katie Peek, and Jen Schwartz.

12:30-1:10  pm   

  • Musical Performance and Q&A - Bora Yoon                                

1:20-1:30 pm 

  • Introduction of Afternoon Keynote

1:30-2:20 pm  

  • Afternoon Keynote - Carl Hart, Ziff Professor of Psychology in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry at Columbia University

2:40-3:40 pm  

  • Panel 3 - Case Study: What can we learn from the Anti-Vaccination controversy? 
    • Chair, Dan Marlow
    • Panel: Dan Marlow (Moderator), David Robert Grimes, Daniel Kahneman, and Simon Levin

3:45-4:00 pm 

  • Closing Remarks 


Musical Performance

Bora Yoon is the Elsie and Walter W. Naumberg Fellow in music composition and a fellow in the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in the Humanities at Princeton University.

A Korean-American composer, vocalist and sound artist, Yoon creates immersive musical soundscapes using digital devices, voice, found objects and instruments from a variety of cultures and historical centuries – evoking memory and association, to formulate a sensory multimedia storytelling  through sound, noise, gesture, and music. 

Featured on the front page of The Wall Street Journal and in WIRE Magazine for her musical innovations, — Yoon’s works have been presented by Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, TED, the Nam June Paik Art Center (Korea), Festival of World Cultures (Poland), Park Avenue Armory, MADE Festival (Sweden) and Walker Art Center, and universities around the world.

Bora Yoon

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