Human Nature: A Special Pre-Release Conversation

Recorded Live on Zoom Wednesday, August 12 From executive producer Dan Rather and director Adam Bolt, and the co-writer and editor of the Oscar-winning film Inside Job, comes the story of the biggest tech revolution of the 21st Century. And…

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Recorded Live on Zoom Wednesday, August 12

From executive producer Dan Rather and director Adam Bolt, and the co-writer and editor of the Oscar-winning film Inside Job, comes the story of the biggest tech revolution of the 21st Century. And it isn’t digital; it’s biological.

Speakers:

R. Alta Charo is the Warren P. Knowles Professor of Law and Bioethics at the University of Wisconsin. She has served as a senior policy advisor in the FDA’s Office of the Commissioner, working on drug safety, personalized medicine, and bioengineered foods. At present, she is a member of the Nuclear Threat Initiative’s Biosecurity Innovation and Risk Reduction project, and of the World Health Organization’s committee on global governance of genome editing.

Tshaka Cunningham is a co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Trugenomix Inc., an emerging precision genomics biotechnology company that is harnessing the power of genomics to improve risk prediction and diagnosis of PTSD. In addition to his work at Trugenomix Inc., Dr. Cunningham serves as the Executive Director of the Faith Based Genetic Research Institute, a non-profit organization committed to educating and engaging minority communities to democratize their access to genomics research, precision medicine, and genetic therapies.

Elliot Kirschner is the Executive Producer of Human Nature and Executive Producer of the Wonder Collaborative, a New York Times best-selling author, and Emmy-award winning news and documentary producer. He got his start at CBS News, producing for such programs as 60 Minutes, Sunday Morning and the Evening News. In 2007, Kirschner joined legendary news icon Dan Rather to help manage a cable news and documentary program where he commissioned and oversaw numerous science reports. His 2017 book What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism, written with Dan Rather, was a bestseller.

Moderator:

Mónica Feliú-Mójer is a bilingual (Spanish and English) scientist-turned-communicator who taps into her training (a Ph.D. in neurobiology), personal background, and culture (a woman from rural Puerto Rico) to engage historically underserved and overlooked audiences, especially to Puerto Ricans and Latinxs, with science. She applies a cultural lens to storytelling—from writing to filmmaking—and science communication training to make science more equitable and inclusive.

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