Keynote Speaker

Monday, May 16
8:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Stephen J. Dubner
Award-Winning Author, Journalist, and Radio and TV Personality

Stephen J. Dubner is an award-winning author, journalist, and radio and TV personality. He is best known as co-author of the books Freakonomics, SuperFreakonomics, and Think Like a Freak. They have sold more than 7 million copies in more than 40 countries. Dubner is also the host ofthe Freakonomics Radio podcast, which gets 5 million downloads a month.

Freakonomics, published in 2005, was an instant international best-seller and cultural phenomenon. Hailed by critics and readers alike, it still appears regularly on The New York Times best-seller list. SuperFreakonomics followed in 2009, to similar acclaim, and in 2010 a documentary film version of Freakonomics was chosen as the closing film of the Tribeca Film Festival. The third book in the Freak trilogy, Think Like a Freak, was published in 2014 and immediately took up a long residency near the top of international best-seller lists.

Dubner also maintains the popular Freakonomics blog, which has been called “the most readable economics blog in the universe” (which isn’t saying much). He has appeared widely on television, including as a regular contributor to ABC News and as host of the Emmy-nominated NFL Network program “Football Freakonomics.”

Dubner is also the author of several other books, including Turbulent Souls/Choosing My Religion (1998), Confessions of a Hero-Worshiper (2003), and the children's book The Boy With Two Belly Buttons (2007). His journalism has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Time, and elsewhere, and has been anthologized in The Best American Sports Writing, The Best American Crime Writing, and others. Turbulent Souls is currently being developed as a film.

The eighth and last child of an upstate New York newspaperman, Dubner has been writing since he was a child. (His first published work appeared in Highlights magazine.) As an undergraduate at Appalachian State University, he started a rock band that was signed to Arista Records, which landed him in New York City. He ultimately quit playing music to earn a master of fine arts degree in writing at Columbia University, where he also taught in the English department. He became an editor and writer at New York magazine and The New York Times before quitting to write books. He is happy he did so.








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