To Be or Not To Be?

Britt Wray in Conversation with Wayne Grady

To Be or Not To Be?
Event Number: 44
Tickets: $17.00

$9.50 for student groups

To Be or Not To Be?

Britt Wray in Conversation with Wayne Grady

Thursday, October 19
1:00pm - 2:15pm
Waterfront Theatre

1412 Cartwright St.

For the first time, our species—which has done so much to condemn other species to oblivion—may be poised to bring at least some of them back. Science storyteller, radio broadcaster and PhD candidate at the University of Copenhagen, Britt Wray is currently focused on the ethics as well as the environmental and legal questions around de-extinction. What happens when you try to recreate a woolly mammoth—fascinating science or conservation catastrophe? Wray takes us deep into the minds and labs of some of the world’s most progressive thinkers to find out. Huge opportunities for research and conservation are made possible by this new field, but Wray also tells us cautionary tales that remind us de-extinction comes with as many dangers as possibilities.

Suitable for grades 8-12 and adults.

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Britt Wray


Britt Wray calls herself a “science storyteller” and is a radio broadcaster, producer, professor, acclaimed documentarist and science writer. She is a PhD candidate in Science Communication with a focus on Synthetic Biology. She has worked as a host on national programs for CBC Radio and is the co-host of the upcoming BBC podcast Tomorrow’s World. She also is working on an interactive documentary series about personal genomics. In Rise of the Necrofauna, Wray delves into the larger questions and ethics raised in de-extinction, a science to bring extinct species back to life, which is full of dangers and possibilities.