2019 Honoree

EMILY GRASLIE, Chief Curiosity Correspondent, Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago

UM’s College of Visual and Performing Arts is proud to honor Emily Graslie, Chief Curiosity Correspondent for the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago and 2011 School of Art Alumna, during its nineteenth annual scholarship event, Odyssey of the Stars—A Celebration of Artistic Journeys.

Emily currently stars in her own educational YouTube channel called "The Brain Scoop." Emily’s numerous awards and recognitions, include the American Alliance of Museum's Nancy Hanks Award for Professional Excellence; six-time Webby Award honoree and nominee in the ‘Online Science/Education Channel’ and ‘Web Personality/Host’ categories; a member of the 2018 Forbes 30 under 30 list in Education;  'Person of the Year’ in 2017 by the Chicago Tribune; and recently had a butterfly species names after her. The Wahydra graslieae is a butterfly species in the family Hesperiidae, and is found in Ecuador

The 2019 performance begins at 7:30pm, Saturday, March 2, in the George and Jane Dennison Theatre. Odyssey of the Stars pays tribute to UM performing and visual arts alumni and tells the story of their artistic journeys. While honoring Emily Graslie, the event also showcases UM students and faculty members from the Schools of Art, Media Arts, Music, and Theatre & Dance.