Booking Richard Conniff as a Speaker
Posted by Richard Conniff on January 2, 2013
I have given talks to audiences as varied as Audi of America corporate executives and the American Association of Zoos and Aquariums (keynote speaker). Below, you can find my bio note, some of the topics of my past (and future) talks, and responses from audiences. To book a talk, please contact richardconniff (at) comcast (dot) net.
Richard Conniff’s latest book is House of Lost Worlds: Dinosaurs, Dynasties, and The Story of Life on Earth (Yale Press 2016). He won a National Magazine Award in 1997 and a 2009 Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism. He was a 2007 Guggenheim Fellow and a 2012 Alicia Patterson Fellow. His other books include The Species Seekers: Heroes, Fools, and the Mad Pursuit of Life on Earth (Norton, 2010), Swimming with Piranhas at Feeding Time: My Life Doing Dumb Stuff with Animals (Norton, 2009), The Natural History of the Rich: A Field Guide (Norton, 2002) and Spineless Wonders: Strange Tales of the Invertebrate World (Holt, 1996). His articles have appeared in Time, Smithsonian, The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, and other publications. He has been a frequent commentator on NPR’s Marketplace, and is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times. He has written and presented television shows for the National Geographic Channel, TBS, and the BBC, among others.
House of Lost Worlds
For 150 years, the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History has been remaking the way we see the world. Award-winning author Richard Conniff recounts some of that story in his new book House of Lost Worlds: Dinosaurs, Dynasties, and the Story of Life on Earth (Yale University Press), introducing a colorful and sometimes combative cast of bold explorers, roughneck bone hunters, and visionary scientists. They are most famous today for wrestling Brontosaurus, Triceratops, and other celebrated dinosaurs. But they were also pioneers in fields from the rise of modern ecology to the development of Caribbean archaeology. This talk throws open the doors to a great museum, welcoming curious listeners to the abundant delights of its storied past and present.
The Species Seekers
Acclaimed science writer and NPR commentator Richard Conniff brings to life the story of the bold and colorful adventurers who risked death to discover strange life-forms in the farthest corners of planet Earth. Conniff will retrace the footsteps of these daredevil “species seekers,” ranging from the father of modern taxonomy, Carl Linneaus, to Thomas Jefferson, who laid out mastodon bones on the White House floor.
Far Afield and Close to Home
Conniff takes the audience along on an expedition into an unexplored corner of the Suriname rainforest, in search of new species. He’ll show photos and tell engaging stories about how scientists search for the unknown–and wake up to find a river running under their hammocks. He’ll also share some observations on species closer to home and make the case for learning to see the wildlife in our backyards.
The Ape in the Corner Office
Details to come.
The Natural History of the Rich
Details to come.
RESPONSES TO PAST TALKS
“The Old Saybrook Land Trust engaged Richard Conniff to speak at our annual meeting recently. He delivered an informative, enjoyable, humorous, and enlightening presentation on a research trip he took to Suriname for National Geographic. Land Trust members loved it! Richard has a breezy yet authoritative style of speaking, and he clearly knows his stuff when it comes to natural history and the animal kingdom. His accompanying slideshow drew appreciative gasps of delight from the audience numerous times. I highly recommend Richard as a speaker at any event where the audience seeks to be entertained and informed.” Mike Urban, Old Saybrook Land Trust, April 30, 2013