Tonight the World Science Festival in New York City begins with the opening night gala at the newly refurbished/redesigned Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center. The gala is to celebrate the opening of the 2009 World Science Festival and to honor Edward O. Wilson, the world-renowned scientist and professor at Harvard University, on his 80th birthday. The lineup for tonight's sold out performance, which I will be attending, includes: Alan Alda, Glenn Close, Marin Alsop, Joshua Bell, Danny Burstein, Christine Baranski, Yo-Yo Ma, Anna Deavere Smith, the National Dance Institute, and the Inspirational Voices of Abyssinian Baptist Church. The gala is directed and produced by Damian Woetzel.
The evening will include the New York premiere of Frans Lanting's: "LIFE: A Journey Through Time," a multimedia performance, especially adapted for the World Science Festival.
Tomorrow I will be doing a live interview on the Brian Lehrer Show in NYC as part of the Traffic segment, along with Iain Couzin of Princeton University. We are scheduled for 11:25-11:40AM. The interview will be streamed live.
Robert Krulwich of ABC News and NPR, a renowned science journalist and reporter, will be moderating the Traffic panel on Friday evening that I am on with Couzin and Mitchell Joachim.
The producers of the World Science Festival are also trying to schedule me for another interview during the WSF. Given all the associated special events and programs at this year's festival, we will see if there is sufficient slack to fit another interview in!