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NEA Big Read @ Duquesne: Keynote Address

Keynote Address

Keynote Address


A virtual talk from Emily Graslie, science communicator and Chief Curiosity Correspondent at the Field Museum in Chicago.

This event is held in partnership with Duquesne Orientation, and will also serve as the 2020 First Lecture.



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Emily Graslie will draw on her own experience as a science communicator to illustrate Lab Girl’s most poignant themes: the importance of following your passions and the ways science shapes our understanding of the world around us.


Emily was born and raised in Rapid City, South Dakota. After moving to Missoula, Montana to pursue an undergraduate degree in fine art painting, she fell in love with the campus vertebrate research collection as a place of artistic inspiration. What started off as a passionate volunteering position within a small museum eventually transformed into a full-time career as an advocate for these under-appreciated repositories. Now she lives in Chicago, and work as The Field Museum's 'Chief Curiosity Correspondent,' where she uses a variety of new media to communicate the importance of natural history museums with the world.


→ Check out Emily Graslie's website to learn more about her!