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Speaker Series: A Conversation with Michael Guillen

Dr. Michael Guillen, three-time Emmy Award winner, best-selling author, and former Harvard University Instructor, is best known as the ABC News Science Editor, will join us for a lunchtime lecture. Guillen will be introduced by Mayor Tecklenburg and joined in conversation with Dr. Barbara Boatwright, Founder and Director of Life Resources in Mt. Pleasant, as they discuss his recent novel, The Null Prophecy, a science fiction thriller. We invite you to bring a bagged lunch to this afternoon lecture.

To RSVP, call 843-723-9912 or email dreutter@charlestonlibrarysociety.org

Dr. Michael Guillen is known and loved by millions as the ABC News Science Editor, a post he filled for fourteen years (1988-2002).  In that capacity, he appeared regularly on Good Morning America, 20/20, Nightline and World News Tonight. He is host of “Where Did It Come From?,” a popular, weekly, one-hour primetime series for The History Channel that debuted in Fall 2006. 

In association with Anonymous Content, Dr. Guillen produced LITTLE RED WAGON, an award-winning theatrical motion picture written by Patrick Sheane Duncan (MR. HOLLAND’S OPUS), directed by David Anspaugh (RUDY, HOOSIERS), and inspired by the true story of young Zach Bonner, who in 2010 completed his historic March Across America (Jacksonville, FL to Santa Monica, CA) on behalf of our nation’s estimated 1.3 million homeless children.

Among Dr. Guillen’s past television projects, he served as writer and host of the PBS special “Wit, Grit, and Robot Games,” the ten-part PBS series “Great Minds of Business” and “Great Minds of Medicine,” and the ABC special “SeaWorld Mother Earth Celebration” with co-host Mayim Bialik (“Blossom”). Additionally, he has brought his skills as a consultant and technical advisor to studios such as MGM, Fox and Buena Vista, as well as Walt Disney’s Epcot Center.

At Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral covering John Glenn’s shuttle launch for ABC News, 1998

Over the years, Dr. Guillen has written hundreds of articles for many distinguished publications, from magazines such as Science News and Psychology Today to national newspapers including The New York Timesand The Washington Post.  He is the best-selling author of two critically acclaimed books for the general public about mathematics: Bridges to Infinity: the Human Side of Mathematics and Five Equations that Changed the World: the Power and Poetry of Mathematics.  He is the author of Can a Smart Person Believe in God?, which tells of his lifelong attempt to reconcile his scientific career with his deeply religious upbringing, and Amazing Truths: How Science and the Bible Agree, which looks at ten great truths affirmed by science and the Bible.

A native of East Los Angeles, Dr. Guillen earned his B.S. from UCLA and his Ph.D. in physics, mathematics and astronomy from Cornell University. For eight years thereafter, he distinguished himself as an award-winning physics instructor at Harvard University. He has received Honorary Doctorates from the University of Maryland and Pepperdine University. A coveted public speaker, he is a member of the National Association of Science Writers and, in 2000, was elected to the renowned Explorers Club, a century-old professional society.

Dr. Michael Guillen is president of Spectacular Science Productions Inc., and Filmanthropy Media Incorporated, as well as chairman and president of Philanthropy Project. He lives in Nashville with his wife, son, horse Jim Dandy, donkeys Violet and Seymour and sheep Sir Barton and Lady Guinevere.

Dr. Barbara Boatwright is a licensed Clinical Psychologist who graduated with Honors in Psychology from Vanderbilt University prior to receiving her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Memphis. She has maintained a private practice in the Charleston area since 1994.  Barbara currently serves as the Executive Director of Life Resources, a non-profit emotional and relational wellness center also located in Mount Pleasant. As a scientist- practitioner she has a passion for exploring the relationship between science and faith.