CSU, Chico News

Best-Selling Author Mary Roach to Speak at CSU, Chico as Part of President’s Lecture Series

Date: 12-05-2017

CONTACT: Sean Murphy
TEL: 530-898-6492
Daran Goodsell
University Public Engagement
TEL: 530-898-6785

Mary Roach has written about the curious lives of the deceased, how science tackles the afterlife, and living on Mars. Now, California State University, Chico has announced that the best-selling author will be this year’s President’s Lecture Series speaker, appearing at Laxson Auditorium on Monday, Feb. 5, at 7:30 p.m.

Blending science and humor as she tackles weird, uncomfortable and sometimes taboo questions, Roach’s books regularly land on The New York Times best-seller lists. Her works include “Gulp: Adventures in the Alimentary Canal,” “Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void,” “Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers” and “Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex.” Roach’s most recent book is 2016’s “Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War.”

While Roach is admittedly not a scientist but has become one of the nation’s leading science writers, she’s also authored pieces for National Geographic, Wired, New Scientist, The New York Times Magazine and Outside. And in addition to her best-selling books, Roach has earned the reputation as an entertaining and thought-provoking speaker, with one of the top 10 most-viewed TED talks ever.

University President Gayle E. Hutchinson said that the President’s Lecture Series brings to campus captivating and illuminating speakers who bring distinct perspectives to their subject matter.

“Mary Roach takes unique and intriguing topics and explores them with a blend of inquisitiveness, skepticism and humor,” Hutchinson said. “She cultivates curiosity and exemplifies it in action. I expect she will provide an entertaining evening filled with scientific revelation and a healthy dose of humor.”

Roach joins a list of past University Presidential Lecture speakers that includes former President of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev, scientist and United Nations Messenger of Peace Jane Goodall, and author, playwright and TED speaker Eve Ensler.

“We work with the Office of the President to choose speakers for the President’s Lecture Series who are relevant to the time,” said Stephen Cummins, director of University Public Engagement and Chico Performances. “Our goal is to bring in well-rounded speakers so that they appeal to the community at-large, faculty, and students.”

In addition to Roach’s speech at Laxson, she will hold a book-signing and have the opportunity to interact directly with students during her visit.

For tickets and more information, visit http://www.csuchico.edu/upe/performance or call 530-898-6333.


About California State University, Chico

California State University, Chico is the second-oldest campus in the 23-member CSU system, the nation’s largest public university system. Founded in 1887, Chico State enrolls approximately 17,500 students and offers more than 230 undergraduate and graduate programs through its seven colleges and five schools. The campus is consistently ranked as one of the best regional public universities in the Western United States, and is the only CSU campus to have earned a favorable rating in all five categories of the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scoreboard, which rates universities on affordability and value. Its mission includes a broad commitment to environmental sustainability, public service and community engagement throughout the 12-county North State region where the campus is located. The University became a federal Hispanic-Serving Institution in 2015.