Communicating Your Research: A Talk by Kyle Marian

Thursday, May 16, 2019, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Graduate Center, Room 9204

How is laughter a symptom of connection, and how can academics use it strategically for impactful communication? When communicating your research, there are plenty of methods and media that allow you to connect your message to your target audience (whether they are the general public, policymakers, patients, or stakeholders). Each form has its strengths and its weaknesses and in this introductory talk, science communicator Kyle Marian will share why the art of comedy is a powerful tool for connecting with diverse target audiences, and the lessons academics and researchers can take from a comedian’s work to apply to what they do.

Sponsored by the CUNY Central Office Career Success – Workforce Development Initiative

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About Our Speaker

Kyle Marian is a science communicator & former physical anthropologist, now focusing her work on multimedia and performance science communication/public outreach. She has performed in and produced public lectures, general science podcasting, science blogging, talk radio, and provided workshops training speakers for public events such as TEDx and comedy storytelling. She produces a monthly stand-up show called The Symposium: Academic Stand-Up featuring academics & researchers she’s trained to translate their obscure research & work life into comedy for wider audiences. She is also the social media manager for Guerilla Science, an international organization bringing science to new audiences in unexpected ways. She has a passion for using comedy in science communication and has recently been training with the Upright Citizens’ Brigade to hone her improv and writing skills. Internationally, she’s performed academic stand-up comedy through the UK’s Bright Club community, even taking the BBC stage during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2015.