But I wanted to highlight one particular occasion that occurred recently here:
My title slide...
A slide of books that I recommended...
One patron took this list to heart and checked out Shubin's book before going home!
A journalist caught wind of the event (thanks to the advertisement the librarian had published in The Westerly Sun) and sat with laptop, typing as we went along. This is the article he wrote that made it into a few of the local newspapers in our area: http://www.ricentral.com/content/primates-humans-follow-evolutionary-path
Some of those quotes, out of context, sound a bit dumber than they deserve. (But only a bit.) To my knowledge, I never spoke of woolly mammoths. (I prefer to talk about woolly rhinos.) The photo's not what I'd shoot or how I'd caption it. (Didn't participate in that.)
But by far I'm thrilled that human evolution was the theme of the afternoon at the Ashaway Free Library, I was delighted to speak about (and learn from) the folks at the event including the journalist, and I'm thrilled that our little evolution love-in got such in-depth coverage in our local newspapers!
I'm sharing here for a number of reasons but most of all because it's something that our group "Reporting Across the Culture Wars" (see also) at NESCent came together to try to encourage... and it happened without really any effort on my end except making it roaringly obvious how much I care about outreach to my university's PIO and then accepting the invitation from this librarian when he passed it along to me.
If this is something you think you'd enjoy doing, both personally and professionally, go for it. It's like having a college honors seminar right in your neighborhood!
Now, here's a fun guessing game. Can you spot the cranium that's out of place in this photo from the article?