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9 am: Meet at the Centennial Park Band Shell for rally featuring our speakers and performers

10 am: Peaceful sidewalk march to our Senators’ offices

10:20 am: Speeches and chants at our Senators’ offices

10:40-11 am: Return to the Park

Rally Speakers

Molly Miller, PhD

Molly Miller is a professor emerita at Vanderbilt University’s Department of Earth and Environmental Science. Her research focuses on ancient and modern climate change in Antarctica as indicated by fossils (ancient) and sea floor animals living beneath sea ice (modern). She will be talking about how to engage Tennesseans in science in four not-easy but doable steps.

David Weintraub, PhD

David Weintraub is a Professor of Astronomy at Vanderbilt University, where he directs programs in the Communication of Science and Technology. He is the 2015 winner of the Klopsteg Award from the American Association of Physics Teachers, which recognizes the outstanding communication of the excitement of contemporary physics to the general public.  His newest book Life on Mars: What to Know Before We Go will be published on May 1. Professor Weintraub will discuss the importance to all of us for supporting basic scientific research. He will emphasize the social benefits that come from doing so, with specific emphasis on physics, astrophysics and space exploration.

Brad Beasley

Brad Beasley is the state director of STD prevention for the Tennessee Department of Health. He has many stories of the progress and challenges in our state. He will be discussing the intersection of science/research and politics, with a tie in to civic involvement and individual political engagement.

Letimicia Fears, PhD 

Letimicia Fears, Ph.D. is a postdoctoral fellow in Vanderbilt University’s Center for Science Outreach and the resident scientist at Croft Middle Design Center. She uses her background in Biology and Scientist in the Classroom experience to encourage students to make real-world connections with problem-based learning and hands-on experiments. Dr. Fears uses her lessons as a platform to highlight scientists with diverse backgrounds and careers to motivate the next generation of STEM leaders. She will be talking about diversity, STEM outreach and why representation matters.

Musical Performers

The Cantrells

Nashville locals, fiddle and keyboard duo Al and Emily Cantrell, are known for their catchy, touching, engaging songs. Come and hear them sing about climate change.

Shelby Bottom Duo

 Michael August and Nell Levin write songs that tell a story, and engage us with issues of the environment, and economic and social justice.