INNOVATIVE THINKER LECTURE: ANN DRUYAN WITH DARIO ROBLETO
Each year, at our Innovative Thinker lecture, SITE honors the achievements of a visionary educator who has innovated significantly in the field of museum and arts education. This Spring, SITE honors Ann Druyan, an American writer and producer specializing in the communication of science. She co-wrote the 1980 PBS documentary series Cosmos, hosted by Carl Sagan, whom she married in 1981. She is the creator, producer, and writer of the 2014 sequel, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey and is currently working on Cosmos: Possible Worlds which will air in 2019 on Fox and National Geographic channels.
While it would seem that Ann Druyan’s work relates more to science education, her work with Neil
deGrasse Tyson on the Cosmos documentary series is truly an achievement within the context of the
arts. By presenting scientific concepts using aesthetics, the visual medium of video and the emotional
insight that art allows, her work has allowed for inspired education in both the fields of art and science
that reaches a broad and diverse audience.
Future Shock artist Dario Robleto will interview Ann Druyan for this presentation and contextualize her
work within the field of contemporary arts.
The Innovative Thinker Lecture is an annual presentation established in honor of SITE’s former director
of Education, Juliet Myers, highlighting the significant work of a visionary educator in the field of
contemporary art. The event is generously made possible by the Gale Family Foundation.