Keynote Conversation

Of Health Myths and Trickster Viruses

Friday, April 1, 5:00-7:00 pm

Seema Yasmin, Author of If God Is a Virus and Director of Research and Education, Stanford Health Communication Initiative.

Bayo Akomolafe, Recipient of 2021 New Thought Walden Award and Chief Curator of The Emergence Network

Dr. Seema Yasmin is an Emmy Award-winning journalist, Pulitzer prize finalist, medical doctor and Stanford and UCLA professor. Yasmin served as an officer in the Epidemic Intelligence Service at the CDC, and as a science reporter for The Dallas Morning News and medical analyst for CNN. The author of four books, her reporting appears in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, WIRED, Scientific American, and on the BBC, NBC and other news networks.
Yasmin is director of the Stanford Health Communication Initiative, clinical assistant professor of medicine at Stanford University, and visiting professor of crisis management and communication at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. She trained in journalism at the University of Toronto and in medicine at the University of Cambridge. Her unique combination of expertise as a dually trained physician and storyteller have been called upon by the Vatican, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, the Aspen Ideas Festival, the Skoll World Forum, and the White House.

 Bayo Akomolafe (Ph.D.), rooted with the Yoruba people in a more-than-human world, is the father to Alethea and Kyah, the grateful life-partner to Ije, son and brother. A widely celebrated international speaker, posthumanist thinker, poet, teacher, public intellectual, essayist, and author of two books, These Wilds Beyond our Fences: Letters to My Daughter on Humanity’s Search for Home (North Atlantic Books) and We Will Tell our Own Story: The Lions of Africa Speak, Bayo Akomolafe is the Visionary Founders of The Emergence Network and host of the online postactivist course, ‘We Will dance with Mountains’.