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Town Hall Seattle: Science Series

The Science series presents cutting-edge research about biology, physics, chemistry, ecology, geology, astronomy, and more. These events appeal to many different levels of expertise, from grade school students to career scientists. With a range of relevant applications, including medicine, the environment, and technology, this series expands our thinking and our possibilities.

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Town Hall is a gathering place where ideas are planted and movements grow. It’s where we come together as a community to listen and be heard—to ask and answer the big questions facing our city and our world. Annually, we present hundreds of artists and scholars, and collaborate with more than 150 grassroots groups in our self-produced programs. Rooted in the belief that we all deserve a voice, our programming reflects—and inspires—our region's best impulses: creativity, empathy, and innovation. With our podcast series, we take one more step towards making our programming accessible to all. 

Jul 24, 2017

Of his writing, David Haskell says, “I’ve turned my ear to trees, listening to their ‘songs.’ I’m writing about what tree acoustics can teach us, with a particular focus on biological networks.” His award-winning The Forest Unseen won praise for eloquent writing and deep engagement with the natural world. Now, in The Songs of Trees, Haskell brings his powers of observation to the biological networks that surround all species, including humans. Selecting a dozen trees around the world, he explores their interactions with their surroundings and other creatures, whether beneficial or destructive. Haskell will discuss the discoveries he made during this process and his belief that every living being is not only sustained by biological connections, but is made from these relationships. He reveals a networked view of life enriching our understanding of biology, human nature, and ethics. Deborah Blum, Pulitzer winner and director of the Knight Science Journalism program at MIT says of Haskell, “[he] may be the finest literary nature writer working today.”

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Recorded live at Town Hall Seattle Saturday, April 8, 2017