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Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art, on Zoom
Author James Nestor in conversation on Zoom with respiratory experts Professor Andrew Huberman and Dr. Mike Mew, co-presented by Gray Area and Goethe-Institut

Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 5:00pm

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Tech and the City Series co-presented by Gray Area and Goethe-Institut


Now, in the time of COVID 19 when respiratory health is on everyone’s mind, James Nestor’s latest book examines the often misunderstood and overlooked science of respiration. Our teeth, our blood pressure, our weight, our sleep, and immune system are all affected by how we breathe. Nestor, hailed by the Wall Street Journal for his “fascinating, informative, exhilarating” writing, set out on a decade-long quest to find out where our breathing went wrong—and how to fix it.

James Nestor has written for Outside, Scientific American, The Atlantic, Dwell, The New York Times, and many other publications. His book Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us about Ourselves was a finalist for the 2015 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing, an Amazon Best Science Book of 2014, and more. Nestor has appeared on dozens of national television shows, including ABC’s Nightline and CBS’s Morning News, and on NPR. He lives and breathes in San Francisco.

Dr. Andrew Huberman is an American neuroscientist and tenured professor in the Department of Neurobiology at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He is the director of the Huberman Lab, which researches how the brain works and how it can change through experience. Huberman is currently developing tools for people to access states of calm, courage, sleep and more via respiration (breathing) and vision.



Dr. Mike Mew is the lead clinician and researcher at the London School of Facial Orthotropics. His primary interest is in the causes of crooked teeth, grown problems in the face and airways, and the relationship between these problems and conditions like sleep disordered breathing.





Gray Area is San Francisco's leading media art center, merging art, science and technology towards social transformation. Their new initiative Patch brings the creative community online to explore new ways of connecting, learning, and preserving intimacy through live streaming, online education, and virtual spaces. Special thanks to Nadav Hochman, Assoc. Dir. and Matthew Chacon, Project Coordinator.

The Goethe-Institut is the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany. It promotes knowledge of the German language abroad and fosters international cultural cooperation. Their diverse educational programs encourage intercultural dialogue and involvement, civil society and worldwide mobility. (Special thanks to Bettina Wodianka, Cultural Program Curator.)



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