November 10, 2015
DALLAS (SMU) – Shankar Vedantam, a popular NPR science correspondent reporting on human behavior and social sciences, will be the featured speaker at The Jones Day Lecture of the Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series at SMU Tuesday, Nov. 10.
Vedantam will answer questions at the Turner Construction/Wells Fargo Tate Student Forum at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom, 3140 Dyer St. The student forum is a lively question-and-answer session with the Tate speaker for area high school students, SMU students, faculty and staff.
The Jones Day Lecture will begin at 8 p.m. Tuesday at SMU’s McFarlin Auditorium, 6405 Boaz Lane. Tickets for the evening lecture are sold out.
Shankar Vedantam is a science correspondent for National Public Radio, focusing on human behavior and the social sciences. He is the author of The Hidden Brain: How Our Unconscious Minds Elect Presidents, Control Markets, Wage Wars and Save Our Lives, published in 2010.
Vedantam earned an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering in his native India and a master’s degree in journalism at Stanford University. Before joining NPR in 2011, he spent 10 years as a reporter at The Washington Post. From 2007–09 he wrote a column on human behavior for The Post.
Vedantam has served as a fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University and as a senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington. He has been recognized with numerous journalism honors, including awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors, the South Asian Journalists Association, the Asian American Journalists Association, the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association and the American Public Health Association. He lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.