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Translating Scientific Emotions

  • Former Spanish Ambassador's Residence 2801 16th St NW Washington, DC, 20009 United States (map)

In a lecture organized by the Washington DC chapter of Spanish Scientists in the USA (ECUSA), Guillermo Fesser, will present: "Translating scientific emotions”

Guillermo Fesser is a journalist, known in Spain for his morning radio talk show, Gomaespuma, which ran for 25 years. He studied journalism at the Universidad Complutense of Madrid and filmmaking at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles via a Fulbright scholarship.

Fesser lives now with his family in Rhinebeck, New York, where he has published the non-fiction book “One Hundred Miles from Manhattan”, on life in small-town America; and “Ruedas y el Enigma del Campamento MT”, a funny interactive narrative that many bilingual schools in the US are choosing to help engage Elementary students in reading.

In his talk, Fesser will argue that to give science the social recognition that it deserves we should stop trying to simply give the public facts, but rather try to move them with the impact that those facts have on their daily life.

When translating scientific jargon into recognizable street language, we have to understand that science is about expectations while daily life is about intentions. The general public’s appreciation for science will increase considerably if, instead of writing about the specific data and findings, the scientific community lets people know about the significant impact of those findings. Guillermo’s reasoning is based basis on his personal experiences while translating to English his book, “A Cien Millas de Manhattan”.

This free public lecture will take place on Friday, June 12th, at 6:30 pm in the Former Spanish Ambassador's Residence, 2801 16th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009, and will be sponsored by Fundación Ramón Areces, Fundación Española para la Ciencia y la Tecnología (FECYT) and Embassy of Spain. The seminar is open to professionals and members of the general public interested in science. The program will be in English and refreshments will be served.

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