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About the speakers: Keir Dullea is an award-winning actor best known as Dave Bowman, the mission leader in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. Dullea made his film debut in Hoodlum Priest (1961), and for his role in David and Lisa (1962) he won a Golden Globe for Most Promising Newcomer. His recent films include Farenheit 451 (2018) with Michael B. Jordan, Infinitely Polar Bear (2015) with Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana, The Accidental Husband (2008), where he played opposite Isabella Rossellini, and Robert DeNiro’s The Good Shepherd (2006). Dullea recently starred on television in three seasons of Aaron Paul’s Hulu original The Path. On stage, Dullea has starred in numerous acclaimed productions including as F. Scott Fitzgerald in The Other Side of Paradise (1992) and Butterflies Are Free (1969) alongside Blythe Danner.
Dan Richter is best known for playing Moonwatcher, the man-ape, in the opening sequence of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, which he also choreographed. Richter has had a long career as a mime, choreographer, actor, director, producer, and memoirist. His book Moonwatcher’s Memoir (Carroll & Graf, 2001) is about his role in 2001. Richter’s 2012 memoir The Dream is Over (Quartet Books, 2012) describes the years he spent living and working with John Lennon and Yoko Ono.
Michael Benson is an artist, filmmaker, and writer. His new book Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, and the Making of a Masterpiece (Simon & Schuster, 2018) was called by Kirkus “essential for students of film history, to say nothing of Kubrick’s most successful movie.” Benson is also author of Cosmigraphics: Picturing Space Through Time (Abrams, 2014), and contributes to publications including The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Rolling Stone.
Heather Berlin is a cognitive neuroscientist and psychiatry professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Berlin co-hosts Startalk All-Stars with Neil DeGrasse Tyson. She recently co-wrote and starred in the acclaimed Off-Broadway show Off The Top about the neuroscience of improvisation.