Flyer for Alda Method™Lecture + Workshop: Oct. 5, 2018

The Our Shared Humanities grant committee (generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation) is very excited to invite faculty to a free lunch plenary and afternoon workshop designed and delivered by educators from the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University. It will introduce faculty members to communication techniques for conveying information about their research and its value in ways that make it understandable and personal to their audiences. Among the skills to be discussed are how to distill a message, effective media interview skills, and reading your audience. Although the plenary and workshop is geared towards helping scientists effectively distill and communicate complex ideas, faculty members from all disciplines are invited and can benefit from this professional development opportunity. 

October 5, 2018 12:50 PM–4:00 PM


The Our Shared Humanities committee is bringing in Dr. Radha Ganesan, from the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University, on October 5, 2018, to provide a 90-minute lunchtime talk (for all interested faculty) as well as a 90-minute workshop for 32 faculty participants to explore and learn the Alda Method™. Please read the workshop descriptions below for more information about the activities planned for the day.

Lunch + Alda Plenary: 12:50-2:20 pm in Karp 005
This session introduces participants to general principles in how to craft short, clear, conversational statements, intelligible to nonscientists, about what you do and why it matters. The session consists of an interactive presentation and discussion on interpreting technical material using examples and analogies to illuminate unfamiliar concepts to your audience. The plenary will address problems and solutions in public interactions as well as peer-to-peer communication. Participants will be actively engaged in learning the Alda Method™ and will practice clarity in speaking to non-scientists about their work.

Afternoon Workshop: 2:30-4:00 pm in Olin 306
The afternoon workshop will allow 32 faculty participants to explore and practice the communications techniques developed to speak more vividly and expressively about their research. The techniques are designed to promote and improve listening, relating, ordering information, and defining meaningful goals to make messages stick. If you attend the afternoon workshop, you must also attend the lunchtime plenary.

To understand more about what the Alda Method™ is and how faculty can benefit from attending, we invite you to explore the following resources:

  • A University news article from the Center's trip to UC Davis this Spring.
  • A Youtube video from Boston U. This video is from 2015 and some of the curriculum has changed since then but it's a great, quick little video that shows the enthusiasm of the participants about having participated.