During this year’s shift from May to June, Dr. Richard Matthew attended the World Science Festival in New York, New York. While present, the CUSA Director participated in various festival events, including a performance entitled “What Lies Beneath: Stories of Discovery.” The event was presented by the Moth, a well renowned, non-profit collective that specializes in understanding the power of a story and the craft of storytelling. In true Moth fashion, the invited participants were actually the night’s scheduled speakers, and each was instructed to tell a personal story about their long and winding career path with science at their side.
Within the historic walls of the Player’s Club in Gramercy Park, five seasoned intellectuals poured a piece of their heart out on stage. Speakers included Jone Frank, Christof Koch, Richard Matthew, Judith Stone, and Nora Volkow, each responsible for a myriad of authored work and development within the world of science and academia. Each was also responsible for following the Moth’s established rules of presenting. The story must be 100% true, and it must be told within 10 minutes without notes.
Each deep-hearted confession delivered its own, unique insight into the realm of intellectual discovery that any aspiring scholar would revel and revere. Dr. Matthew’s speech was no different, as he expressed the trials and tribulations of balancing his work in war-torn regions with his equally important, familial relationships. While a relatable scenario, the very real dangers of entering economically and ecologically unstable areas added a very personal burden for the esteemed humanitarian. But in the end, it was the natural alignment of these two forces that continues to fuel his actions and ambitions to this day.
Thanks to organizations like the Moth, storytelling has been shown to be a great source of drive and inspiration for all types of individuals. They also show that there is a story or two stored within each and everyone of us just waiting to be told, even in a world dictated by digits and data.
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