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Saturday, October 19 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Memoir: From Playbooks to Pi: A Former Raven Tells All

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John Urschel was an offensive lineman for the Baltimore Ravens. He was, at the same time, a candidate for a PhD in mathematics at MIT. Not the usual football player’s track. In his memoir, Mind and Matter: A Life in Math and Football, co-authored with his wife, author Louisa Thomas, Urschel tells how his prodigious talent for math revealed itself at an early age. Football represented an entirely different, but equally intoxicating, thrill. Ultimately, Urschel chose mathematics over football. These days, as he finishes his doctorate at MIT, Urschel publishes papers on centroidal Voronoi tessellations. In his spare time, he visits local high schools to talk about STEM subjects. Shira Springer, WBUR’s Sports and Society reporter, will moderate the conversation about Urschel’s extraordinary path.

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Shira Springer

Shira Springer covers stories at the intersection of sports and society for NPR and WBUR. She also writes regular columns on women’s sports for the Boston Globe and the Sports Business Journal and feature stories for the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine and other publications. She has... Read More →

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John Urschel

John Urschel is a former offensive lineman for the Baltimore Ravens and a current PhD candidate at MIT. He has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in mathematics from Penn State and is a winner of the Sullivan Award and the Campbell Trophy as recognition of his quality work as a... Read More →
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Louisa Thomas

Louisa Thomas is a historian, journalist, and author. She is also a former contributor for the New Yorker and former editor and writer for Grantland. A previous New England Fellow, Thomas is the author of both Louisa, a biography of First Lady Louisa Catherine Adams, the wife of John... Read More →

Saturday October 19, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Emmanuel Parish Hall 15 Newbury St, Boston, MA, 02116