“7 Days of Genius” Starts This Saturday

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How did Einstein make his breakthroughs? Was the genius of Marie Curie a matter of nature or nurture or both?

Leading thinkers will debate, discuss, and illuminate the big question of the nature and origins of genius as part of a festival hosted by 92nd Street Y beginning on Saturday, March 1, 2014. “7 Days of Genius,” supported in part by the John Templeton Foundation, will feature a series of specific lectures including discussions by David Brooks (“Genius, God, and Morality”) and Walter Issacson (“On the Innovative Genius”); conversations on Creativity and Education Innovation, The (Neuro) Science of Genius, and Spiritual Genius and the Sabbath; and panel discussions including Rex Jung, David Shenk, and Scott Barry Kaufman (Identifying the Origins of Genius), Youth Think Tank, and others.

For those not able to attend events in person, there will be live streaming of events online. The talks will also be recorded and posted the next day on 92Y’s Video on Demand site.

There are several online components as well, such as the Genius Start-Up Competition, which seeks out and awards prizes for new ideas that have the potential to have the greatest impact on our world. The Genius Bracket Challenge provides a “March madness” type competition between 16 of history’s greatest minds, and a variety of polls and conversation outlets are available too. 7 Days of Genius can also be followed on Twitter using hashtag #thatsgenius.