Simran Sethi: Telling Stories of Science - Discussion and Chocolate Tasting

April 28, 2016 - 4:00pm
Dey House

Environmental journalist and author Simran Sethi will share insights into the art of communicating science and the role psychology can play in fostering science journalism and education. She will share the insights garnered through researching and writing her new book, Bread, Wine, Chocolate: The Slow Loss of Foods We Love (HarperCollins, 2015), which illuminates the global challenges surrounding the loss of agricultural biodiversity. Simran will explain how she approached the subject and how the work evolved through her pursuit of making science more accessible to a broad audience. The talk will be followed by a presentation of chocolate (the embodiment of the science).

Simran Sethi is an author and journalist who has appeared on segments for the Oprah Winfrey Show and has been featured on the Ellen DeGeneres Show and the Martha Stewart Show. Named an environmental messenger by Vanity Fair, a top-ten eco-hero of the planet by the U.K.’s Independent, and designated one of the top-eight women saving the planet by Marie Claire, Simran is the author of Bread, Wine, Chocolate: The Slow Loss of Foods We Love, a story of changes in food and agriculture told through bread, wine, chocolate, coffee, and beer. She was an environmental correspondent for NBC News, which included contributions to CNBC, MSNBC, TODAY and Nightly News. She is the recent host of the PBS QUEST series on science and sustainability. She has written for FoodTank, AlterNet, The Huffington Post, Orion, Metropolis Magazine, Mother Earth News, and the Guggenheim Museum.

More information about Simran and her current projects can be found on her website at

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