SXSW Interactive Keynote Update: Christie Nicholson to Interview Neil deGrasse Tyson on March 8

Written by Shawn O'Keefe | February 6, 2014

Christie Nicholson interviews Neil deGrasse Tyson at SXSW Interactive

You may have seen FOX's promo during the Big Game last Sunday, and you've likely heard that COSMOS: A SpaceTime Odyssey, starring Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, will screen at a special event during the 2014 SXSW Film Festival. And you are probably already aware that everyone's favorite astrophysicist will also be the star of a keynote conversation at the SXSW Interactive Festival on Saturday, March 8. Well, we are pleased to now reveal that the other half of this intellectual equation will be science journalist Christie Nicholson.

Nicholson is an award-winning journalist based in New York. She is a contributing editor at Scientific American, CBS' SmartPlanet and the design magazine, Core77. She produces and hosts Scientific American’s weekly podcast, 60-Second Mind, co-founded the publishing startup, Publet, and has been an on-air contributor to Slate, the Discovery Channel and Science Channel. As if that wasn't enough to keep her busy, Nicholson is also a lecturer at the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University, and has spoken about science, technology and communication at the MIT/Stanford VLAB, Sundance Film Festival, The National Science Foundation and the Space Studies Board of the National Academy of Sciences. She holds degrees from Dalhousie University in Canada and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism where she was awarded the Eibel Fellowship.

Add this mind-expanding keynote conversation to your SXSW schedule and make sure to arrive early to Exhibit Hall 5 in the Austin Convention Center on Saturday, March 8. The keynote begins at 2:00 pm -- but plan on arriving at least 45 minutes early to get a seat.

Other keynotes for the 2014 SXSW Interactive Festival include Austin Kleon (Friday, March 7); Anne Wojcicki (Sunday, March 9); Adam Savage (Monday, March 10) and Chelsea Clinton (Tuesday, March 11). To attend all these incredible keynotes and more at SXSW Interactive, purchase an Interactive, Gold or Platinum badge today. Save on walkup fees and purchase your badge before prices increase at the end of the day on Friday, February 7.

Photo of Christie Nicholson courtesy of Scientific American.