Apr 26

Convocation with Brian Sostek '90 | "Fear, Failure, and Catastrophe: How To Talk with Strangers"

Fri, April 26, 2024 • 10:50am - 11:50am (1h) • Skinner Memorial Chapel

Brian Sostek, is a writer, choreographer, director, performer, and teacher who brings the best practices of his performing arts career to bear on academic research, writing, and interpersonal communication.  In other words, he graduated from Carleton with a B.A. in English and made a go of it.  Currently, Brian spends a lot of his time at the University of Minnesota, working with undergrads through faculty members in the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance, the School of Nursing, the School of Medicine, the University Honors Program, Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (among many other departments, schools, and programs), teaching them how to talk with strangers in one context or another.

In 2023 he was recognized at the University of Minnesota for Outstanding Faculty Contribution to Honors Education, and was nominated for the John Song Award for exceptional contributions to the Clinical and Translational Science Institute. With his wife and co-creator Megan McClellan, he has received numerous accolades for their work on stage, the coolest of which might be the one and only Ivey Award for Playwright and Choreographer for their two-person show Trick Boxing.

Convocation will be available for viewing via Zoom for those unable to attend. Please register in advance for the program. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the program. The entire ceremony will be recorded and archived on the Convocations website.

Event Contact: Noel Ponder

Event Summary

Convocation with Brian Sostek '90 | "Fear, Failure, and Catastrophe: How To Talk with Strangers"
  • Intended For: General Public, Students, Faculty, Staff, Alums, Prospective Students, Families
  • Categories: Lecture/Panel

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