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The human microbome is a dynamic collection of bacteria, fungi, and viruses central to our survival, shaping every one of us from birth. Acclaimed writer Ed Yong wrote of this "forgotten organ" in his masterpiece, I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life
. Now, his written word has provided inspiration for four nationally known playwrights who engaged in a 48-hour marathon of isolated furious writing, emerging with four newly-formed plays all based on this same book. Join us to hear from Ed Yong, get a taste of the plays that were inspired by his book, and engage with the artists and local scientists.
Ed Yong is a science journalist who reports for The Atlantic
, and is based in Washington DC. His work appears several times a week on The Atlantic
's website, and has also featured in National Geographic
, the New Yorker
, New Scientist
, Scientific American
, and many more. He has won a variety of awards, including the Michael E. DeBakey Journalism Award for biomedical reporting in 2016, the Byron H. Waksman Award for Excellence in the Public Communication of Life Sciences in 2016, and the National Academies Keck Science Communication Award in 2010 for his old blog Not Exactly Rocket Science. He regularly does talks and radio interviews; his TED talk on mind-controlling parasites has been watched by over 1.5 million people.
I CONTAIN MULTITUDES, his first book, looks at the amazing partnerships between animals and microbes. Published in 2016, it became a New York Times
bestseller, and was listed in best-of-2016 lists by the NYT, NPR, the Economist
, the Guardian
, and several others. Bill Gates called it "science journalism at its finest", and Jeopardy! turned it into a clue.
Excerpts from new plays by Margaret Baldwin, Rachel Dubose, Natasha Patel, and Steve Yockey, commissioned by the Playwriting Center of Theater Emory as part of the annual 4:48 Festival.
Presented by Emory Center for the Study of Human Health, in partnership with Theater at Emory, A Capella Books, Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum, Emory Hightower Speaker’s Fund and Howard Hughes Medical Institute grant