One of the minds behind “Orphan Black” to speak at Drury on Monday

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 20, 2017 — Cosima Herter, writer and science consultant for the Emmy Award-winning BBC program Orphan Black, will explore the intersections of story telling, science and society during a public lecture at Drury next week.


Herter will speak at 7 p.m., Monday, April 24 in Lay Hall Auditorium. The lecture is part of CHASS Week, which highlights the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.


“Drury is proud to welcome Orphan Black’s science consultant, Cosima Herter, for a public talk,” says Jack Powers, assistant professor of philosophy at Drury. “Known as ‘the real Cosima,’ Herter is the name-sake of and inspiration for the show’s smartest clone, Cosima Niehaus. At Drury, the real Cosima will offer her audience a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the science of Orphan Black, and talk about her exciting upcoming projects.”


Orphan Black is a thriller about clones. It deals with issues including the relationship between biology and psychology, the effects of social environments on behavior, the ethics of genetic technology and human experimentation, and the history of applied biology. In addition to talking about the show and the themes of the show, Cosima will also be discussing the way that she used her background in the history and philosophy of science to develop an exciting and non-traditional career path.


For more about Herter, check out a video clip from the BBC or follow her on Twitter.




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