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  • Rancho Mirage Writer’s Festival.  21-24 January 2015.
  • Festivaletteratura. Mantua, Italy. 4-9 September 2014.
  • Sun Valley Writer’s Conference.  Sun Valley, Idaho.  18-23 July 2014.
  • The Power of Storytelling.  University of Wisconsin System Conference.  12 June 2014.
  • TEDX: Made to be Made by Story. University of Maryland.  3 March 2014.
  • The Storytelling Animal.  Fundraiser for Writopia Lab.  29 April 2014
  • The Power of Story.  Talk for Calvert Labs, Society of Toxicology. 25 March 2014. Phoenix Arizona.
  • “The Science of Art.” Lecture at Carnegie Mellon University.  1 April 2014.
  • TEDx: Stories: The Common Thread of Our Humanity.  Furman University.  22 March 2014.
  • Luxembourg Institute for European and International Studies. Conference on “Human Nature and the Future of the International System.” 6-7 December 2013.
  • University of Central Missouri. “The Storytelling Animal: An Evening with the Author.”  14 November 2013.
  • Public Radio International. “The Power of Storytelling.” Minneapolis, MN. 11 October 2013.
  • Binghamton University.  “The Evolution of Storytelling.” 7 October 2013,
  • National Press Club–Washington, DC.  “The Role of Storytelling in Health Communication Programs.” May 30, 2013.
  • Keynote Address. Storydrive Conference.  Beijing China. 28 May 2013.  
  • Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.  “Science: Behave-Yourself.” 20 April 2013.
  • Invited Speaker.  Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown. Lisbon, Portugal.  May 22-23, 2013.
  • Master Class on “The Art and Science of Business Storytelling.” Event Marketer Summit.  Chicago. May 8, 2013.
  • Keynote Address. Student Scholars Day. Grand Valley State University. April 10, 2013.
  • Keynote Address.  American Association of State Colleges and Universities Conference. Washington, DC.  April 2, 2013.
  • Speaker at Oakland University conference on “The Evolution of Sexuality.” Detroit, MI. March 27-29, 2013.
  • Keynote Address.  Annual Face to Face Conference of the New York City Arts in Education Roundtable. City College of New York. March 27, 2013.
  • Speaker at the UM Summit. Whistler, BC. February 11-13, 2013.
  • Workshop on The Science-Narrative Chain. National Evolutionary Synthesis Center. Durham, NC. December 13-16, 2012.
  • Student Speakers Series.  Skidmore College. November 14, 2012.
  • Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Pittsburgh, PA. November 10, 2012.
  • Keynote address. Storydrive Conference.  Frankfurt Book Fair. October 12, 2012.
  • Address to the Freshman Class. Alma College. October 4, 2012.
  • Alma College Speakers Series. Alma College. October 3, 2012.
  • Keynote address on Storytelling in Business. Ancile Solutions. Lake Tahoe, CA. September 10, 2012.
  • Vimeo Festival and Awards. New York City. June 9, 2012.
  • Panel on the Science of Storytelling (with Joyce Carol Oates, Jeff Eugenides, and Paul Bloom). World Science Festival.  New York City. June 2, 2012.
  • Speaker. Consilience Conference: Evolution in Biology, the Human Sciences, and the Humanities. The University of Missouri St. Louis.  St. Louis, Missouri.  April 2012. 
  • Biology Department Speaker Series. Duquesne University. November 2011.

With Joyce Carol Oates, Jeff Eugenides, Keith Oatley, and Paul Bloom at the World Science Festival