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Illuminating Resilience

Date & Time

Friday, June 1, 2012
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
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NYU Global Center, Grand Hall

The World Science Festival’s annual salon series offers in-depth conversations with leading scientists, extending the discussion of the Festival’s premiere public programs to graduate students, postdocs, faculty and well-informed members of the general public. This salon looks at new and controversial ways to understand the human capacity to cope with stress and rebound from traumatic events. Is resilience a combination of innate traits born of thousands of years of evolution? Is it a complex psychological process that varies across cultures and environments? Can resilience be reliably defined and objectively measured? Can it then be taught and reproduced?


  • Carl Zimmer

    Award-winning science writer Carl Zimmer explores the frontiers of biology in his writing. His work appears regularly in The New York Times and many magazines, and he is the author of twelve books, including A Planet of Viruses. More »


  • George Bonanno

    Clinical Psychologist George Bonanno is a pioneering researcher in the science of bereavement and loss. More »
  • Sandro Galea

    Physician, Epidemiologist Sandro Galea is a physician and an epidemiologist. He is the Anna Cheskis Gelman and Murray Charles Gelman Professor and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. During his tenure as Chair, the Department of Epidemiology has launched several new educational initiatives and has substantially increased its focus on five core areas: chronic, infectious, life course, psychiatric/neurological, and social epidemiology. More »
  • Glenn Saxe

    Physician, Psychiatrist Glenn Saxe is the Arnold Simon Professor and Chair, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and director of the NYU Child Study Center. Saxe is a physician scientist with a focus on the psychiatric consequences of traumatic events on children. More »
  • Rachel Yehuda

    Psychiatrist, Neuroscientist Rachel Yehuda, professor of psychiatry and neuroscience, is the Director of the Traumatic Stress Studies Division at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the Mental Health Patient Care Center Director at the James J. Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center. More »