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Virtual Science Book Events You Can Attend from Home in June

Tuesday, June 2 (2pm ET): ARTIFICIAL YOU

Royal Institution presents “Artificial you: AI and the future of your mind,” featuring Susan Schneider  (NASA/Baruch Blumberg Chair at the Library of Congress and the director of the AI, Mind and Society Group at the University of Connecticut). She is the author of Artificial You: AI and the Future of Your Mind. If you miss the live stream, it will be available to watch on WebinarJam for the following 24 hours.

Cost: Free to attend, registration required, donation optional
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Wednesday, June 3 (5:30pm ET): SPACE TALK

One Day University presents “Space Talk: What’s Happening Out There in the Rest of the Universe,” featuring David Helfand (Professor of Astronomy at Columbia University). He is the author of A Survival Guide to the Misinformation Age. Let’s spend an hour forgetting our quotidian woes to marvel at the remarkable denizens of our universe in this one-hour Premium Course.

Cost: $39.95 (Register here)

Thursday, June 4 (1pm ET): ALIEN OCEANS

New Scientist presents “Alien Oceans on Earth and Beyond,” featuring Dr. Kevin P. Hand (planetary scientist and astrobiologist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory). He is the author of Alien Oceans: The Search for Life in the Depths of Space. Where is the best place to find living life beyond Earth? It may be that the small, ice-covered moons of Jupiter and Saturn harbour some of the most habitable real estate in our solar system. Life loves liquid water and these moons have lots of it!

Early bird price: $12 by May 28
Ticket + book: $33 by May 28 (Alien Oceans by Dr. Kevin P. Hand)
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June 4 – 15: THE NEXT GREAT MIGRATION

Sonia Shah launches her book The Next Great Migration: The Beauty and Terror of Life on the Move with the following virtual events:

June 4: Enoch Pratt Library Virtual Event at 7pm ET

June 14: Boston Public Library Virtual Event at 3pm ET

June 15: Toronto Public Library, The Science of Pandemics at 7pm ET

Tuesday, June 9 (2pm ET): SWAY

Royal Institution presents “Sway: Unravelling our Unconscious Bias featuring Pragya Agarwal (behavioural scientist, inclusivity consultant, two TEDx speaker). She is the author of Sway: Unravelling Unconscious Bias. Pragya will discuss how bias is playing a role during the current pandemic and how will become an even more important issue in post-covid world.

Cost: Free to attend, registration required, donation optional
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Tuesday, June 16 (2pm ET): TOWARDS A POSTHUMAN FUTURE

Royal Institution presents “Towards a Posthuman Future,” featuring astrophysicist Martin Rees. He is the author of On the Future: Prospects for Humanity. This talk explores how advances in biotechnology, cybertechnology, robotics, and artificial intelligence, if pursued and applied wisely, could empower us to boost the developing and developed world and overcome the threats humanity faces on Earth.

Cost: Free to attend, registration required, donation optional
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Tuesday, June 23 (2pm ET): LYMAN PAGE ON COSMOLOGY

Royal Institution presents “Lyman Page on Cosmology.” Lyman Page is one of the world’s leading experimental cosmologists, and his work involves making precise measurements of the faint thermal afterglow of the Big Bang. He is the author of The Little Book of Cosmology. In this talk, Lyman will explain how variations in the CMB formed, how they reveal the age, size, and geometry of the universe, and how they offer a blueprint for the formation of cosmic structure.

Cost: Free to attend, registration required, donation optional
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