Central Conversations for Precious Little

We are excited to offer Pre and Post show Central Conversations with acclaimed artists and scholars for Precious Little!

All Central Conversations are open to the public; seats are available on a first come, first serve basis.

  • Post-Show Conversation with Dr. Robert C. Green from The BabySeq Project

    Robert-Green-Headshot   Join us after the show on Friday, March 3, for a discussion with Dr. Robert C. Green, about genomic sequencing, newborns, and Precious Little. Robert C. Green, MD, MPH is a medical geneticist and physician-scientist who directs the Genomes2People Research Program in translational genomics and health outcomes at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the Broad Institute and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Green is accelerating the implementation of genomics into medicine by conducting rigorously designed research on medical, behavioral and economic outcomes of genomic testing. He leads the first randomized trials of clinical genome sequencing in adults (the MedSeq Project) and newborns (the BabySeq Project), and was recently awarded the first research project on clinical sequencing of personnel in the US Armed Forces. He has been continuously funded by NIH for over 26 years and has published over 300 scientific papers. In 2014, he won the Coriell Prize for Scientific Achievement in Personalized Medicine. His work has been repeatedly highlighted on NBC Nightly News, the Today Show, CNBC, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, New Scientist, FastCompany and Buzzfeed. He has forged research collaborations with Genomics England, Illumina, 23andMe and Google; advises a number of biotechnology and genomics companies, and has co-founded an investor-backed telemedicine start-up company, Genome Medical, Inc. He has been invited to speak at the World Science Festival, Forbes Healthcare Summit, Exponential Medicine, JP Morgan Healthcare and South By Southwest. Dr. Green graduated from Amherst College and the University of Virginia School of Medicine, and earned a Masters of Public Health in epidemiology from Emory University School of Public Health. He obtained specialty training at Harvard Medical School residencies and fellowships, and is board certified in both neurology and medical genetics.
  • Precious Little Linguist Symposium

    14212669_10102703893851956_6906428807254700415_n  photo  GounariHS     Join a panel of language experts to dive into the world of Brodie's work! Dr. Christopher Doty, Dr. Kelly Farquharson, and Dr. Panayota Gounari will respond to Precious Little through the lens of their work in language maintenance, applied linguistics, and speech development. Chris Doty holds a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Oregon, where he spent much of his graduate career working on endangered languages of the Pacific Northwest. Now a lecturer in ESL at Northeastern University, he spends his spare time running a CrossFit gym and writing. Kelly Farquharson holds a Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders and is an Assistant Professor at Emerson College.  Her research focuses on language and literacy development in children with speech production impairments.  In her work, she focuses on the cognitive, linguistic, and environmental factors that contribute to classroom success for this population of children. Panayota Gounari is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Applied Linguistics at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She has published extensively on the politics of language and the construction of neoliberal discourses in society and education. In her work she also explores issues of language policy in relation to hegemony and the role of language in social change and in the construction of human agency and democratic public spaces.  
  • Press Night Celebration for Precious Little

    Be amongst the first to see  Precious Little and join the cast and crew to celebrate with wine and refreshments after the show.
  • Scholar Social with Dr Andrew Berry

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    Join Dr Andrew Berry, after the show on Thursday, March 9, 2017, to learn more about evolutionary biology, and why Brodie, in her studies of genetics and culture, feels such kinship to Precious Little's gorilla character.
    Born in London, Andrew Berry has a degree in zoology from University of Oxford and a PhD in evolutionary genetics from Princeton University. He was a Harvard Junior Fellow, and is still at Harvard University where he is currently Lecturer on Organismic & Evolutionary Biology. Combining the techniques of field biology with those of molecular biology, his work has been a search for evidence at the DNA level of Darwinian natural selection. Andrew has published on topics as diverse as Giant Rats in New Guinea, mice on Atlantic islands, aphids from the Far East, and the fruit fly. At Harvard, he currently co-teaches courses on evolutionary biology, on the development of evolutionary thinking, and on the physical basis of biological systems. He has given lectures on evolutionary topics to popular audiences all over the world – everywhere from Ankara to the Antarctic. As an educator and popularizer, Andrew's mission is to demystify the most important and most misinterpreted of all biological ideas, evolution.
  • Catalyst Conversation for Precious Little

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    Watch art and science collide and confer with Catalyst Conversations on Sunday, March 12th, 2017.

    Co-Chair of Catalyst Collaborative and Artistic Director of Underground Railway Theater, Debra Wise; Artistic Director of The Nora Theatre Company and leading actress, Lee Mikeska Gardner; and Emerson College professor and speech language pathologist, Joanne Lasker will explore our capacity for language, especially the ability to convey abstract and specific meanings across a variety of means of communication: speech, sign, writing, and gesture. Each will bring to the conversation her unique point of view: Debra Wise – her longtime interest in working across disciplines with Catalyst Collaborative @MIT. Lee Mikeska Gardner - her vantage point of being inside the narrative as the character who is a linguist. Joanne Lasker – whose interest and research is devoted to augmentative and alternative communication. This discussion will be chaired by Deborah Davidson. Deborah Davidson is a curator, artist and educator. Deborah received her M.F.A. from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University and B.A. from Binghamton University. She is founder and director of Catalyst Conversations, devoted to the dialogue between art and science. She also teaches, maintains a studio practice and directs the Suffolk University Gallery. Her work is in many private and public collections, including Yale University, Wellesley College, Boston Public Library, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Houghton Library, Harvard University. She has had solo exhibitions at the Danforth Museum of Art, Kingston Gallery, Oresman Gallery, Smith College and the Nesto Gallery, Milton Academy. Awards include Finalist, Brother Thomas Fellowship, Artist in Residence, Northeastern University, and a Berkshire Taconic A.R.T. grant. Joanne Lasker is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Emerson College. She received her masters at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and her doctorate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in speech-language pathology. Her clinical research focuses on assessment and treatment protocols for people living with aphasia and other acquired communication disorders. Her teaching focuses on acquired neurological disorders and augmentative and alternative communication — the study of strategies and techniques to enhance communication and participation by people with limited speech and language. Catalyst Conversations was launched in 2012 to present provocative ideas that cut across art and science to an engaged public. As Catalyst Conversations has grown, we have held onto our core value of free and open access to ideas at the cutting edge of innovation in the arts and sciences. We present intimate and provocative conversations between artists, scientists, and the public. Sparking collaborations, synergy and the development of future projects with these communities and beyond. We have curated over 40 public programs, as well as creating educational outreach and partnerships with the science and art communities.
  • Artists & Audiences: Precious Little

    Join us after the 7.30pm show on Thursday, March 16, 2017 for a lively discussion with the cast and crew of Precious Little.
  • Scholar Social with Dr Shoumita Dasgupta

    Dasgupta_Shoumita-2-5x3-5   Join us after the show on Friday, March 17, 2017 for a discussion on genetics and cultural competency with Dr. Shoumita Dasgupta, Director of Graduate Studies, Genetics and Genomics at Boston University.   Shoumita Dasgupta received her B.S. in Biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her Ph.D. from UCSF. Dr. Dasgupta classically trained in the basic sciences with research foci on the molecular genetic basis of a childhood cancer and subsequently on understanding the interplay between the processes of endocytosis and exocytosis in the neuron. As an undergraduate, Dr. Dasgupta developed a strong interest in education and participated in teaching biology to MIT undergrads in both traditional (large lecture-format) and non-traditional (alternative-track) environments. After graduating from MIT and while she was conducting her dissertation research, her long-standing interest in education grew, and she began to concurrently pursue teaching opportunities in higher education. During this period, she served as a Teaching Fellow at UCSF, teaching in both the UCSF Medical School and Dental School, as well as Skyline College’s biology department. After completing her Ph.D., Dr. Dasgupta moved to Boston University’s School of Medicine to develop an educational program in genetics and genomics that was new for the school. She was attracted to BUSM because it allowed her to focus on her professional interests in education and mentoring within a diverse learning environment. In the programs and courses she has developed, she strives to teach students to apply the approaches of classical genetics and modern genomics to biomedical research and clinical practice. Towards this end, Professor Dasgupta has been teaching both graduate and medical students on campus. She is the course director for the Medical Genetics course, which is required for all first year medical students. Dr. Dasgupta is also the Graduate Program Director for the Ph.D. Program in Genetics and Genomics and the co-director of the Foundations in Biomedical Sciences core doctoral curriculum. She is also a member of the leadership team for the Principles Integrating Science and Medicine (PrISM) curriculum for first year medical students. In addition to her important roles in our educational programs, Professor Dasgupta has presented and published in national and international venues on innovative teaching approaches in genetics and on cultural competency education through the basic science curriculum. She has developed a focus on cultural competency where these critical discussions are integrated into the context of the relevant basic science that is the foundation for health care disparities that emerge in the clinic. Specifically, her ongoing projects aim to raise the level of scientific discussion in the classroom on the complex relationship between genetics and race, to introduce students to genetic issues of importance to the LGBT community, and to explore the influence of future providers’ values and biases on potential clinical decision-making by patients. Professor Dasgupta also serves as an Assistant Dean of Admissions and enjoys having the opportunity to work with students from their interview day to their graduation day and beyond. When Dr. Dasgupta is not thinking about DNA, she enjoys reading literature (Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Life of Pi, Unaccustomed Earth, Tell the Wolves I’m Home, The Buddha in the Attic, and Swamplandia! are a few favorites) and spending time with her two young daughters. Personal website: http://genetics.bumc.bu.edu/people/faculty/dasgupta.htm
  • Post-Show Discussion with Dr. Aubrey Milunsky

    Dr.-M-Figure Join us after the show on Sunday, March 19, 2017 for a discussion with Dr. Aubrey Milunsky, founder and co-director of the Centre for Human Genetics. Dr. Aubrey Milunsky is the Founder of the non-profit Center for Human Genetics, now in it’s 34th year.   He is a Co-Director  with his son, and is an Adjunct Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology  at Tufts University School of Medicine.  He was Professor of Human Genetics, Pediatrics, Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Pathology, and Director, Center for Human Genetics, Boston University School of Medicine, until his departure in December 2013.  He was born and educated in Johannesburg, South Africa.  He is triple-board certified in Clinical Genetics, Pediatrics and Internal Medicine.  He served as a medical geneticist at Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital for 13 years before his professorial appointments at Boston University School of Medicine.  The Center’s laboratories are a major International Referral Center for molecular diagnostics and for prenatal genetic diagnosis, & privileged to receive samples from 45 countries, in addition to all states in the US.  The non-profit Center, is now in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is the author and/or editor of twenty-five books including the 7th edition (2016) of his major reference work Genetic Disorders and the Fetus:  Diagnosis, Prevention and Treatment, now co-edited with his son Jeff, who was Professor of Pediatrics and Genetics and Genomics at Boston University School of Medicine.  This book received the “Highly Commended” Award Certificate in 2010 from the British Medical Association.  His latest book for the lay public was published by Oxford University Press entitled Your Genes, Your Health:  A Critical Family Guide That Could Save Your Life. This book will appear in Indonesian. An earlier book (Know Your Genes) appeared in 9 languages. He is the author or co-author of over 400 scientific communications. He has given hundreds of invited lectures, including in 34 countries and the Vatican. In 1982 he was honored by election as a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of England.  In 1982, his Alma Mater, the University of the Witwatersrand School of Medicine, conferred the D.Sc. degree for his work on the Prenatal Detection of Genetic Disorders.  He is an elected member of the Society for Pediatric Research and the American Pediatric Society, and a Founding Fellow of the American College of Medical Genetics.  The Consumer Research Council of America has listed him repeatedly in their “Guide to America’s Top Pediatricians”. He led the team that first located the gene for X-linked lymphoproliferative disease, first cloned the PAX3 gene for Waardenburg syndrome, and first demonstrated the 70% avoidance of spina bifida afforded by folic acid supplementation taken in the 3 months prior to pregnancy and the 3 months after conception.  He and his co-workers have made the first prenatal diagnosis of various genetic disorders including tuberous sclerosis. Boston University School of Medicine has named the AUBREY MILUNSKY CHAIR IN HUMAN GENETICS.
  • Post-Show Conversation with Dr. Jean Berko Gleason

    JeanBerkoGleason   Join Dr. Jean Berko Gleason, mother of psycholinguistics, for a post-show discussion to learn more about language acquisition and the nuances of Brodie's work as a linguist. Dr. Jean Berko Gleason is one of the world’s leading experts on children’s language and one of the founding mothers of the field of psycholinguistics. She created the Wug Test, the best known experimental study of children’s language acquisition. By asking children to make plurals and past tenses of words they have never seen before she demonstrated that even very young children have systematic knowledge of their language. She is the author and editor of leading textbooks on language development and psycholinguistics and has published more than 125 articles on aphasia, language attrition, language development in children, gender differences in parents' speech, and parent-child interaction in the Hungarian Gypsy/Roma population. She currently is professor emerita in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Boston University. Dr. Gleason has been a visiting scholar at Stanford University, Harvard, and the Linguistics Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Harvard/Radcliffe, and an honorary doctorate from Washington & Jefferson College in 2016. She is a member of the Academy of Aphasia, has been president of the International Association for the Study of Child Language and of the Gypsy Lore Society. Her work is often cited in the professional literature, and has been featured in the popular press and on television. She is featured in the PBS award-winning online Nova Science Now series “The Secret Life of Scientists.”