Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson: SXSW Interactive Keynote Speaker

Ever so difficult to keep UT alums away from this crazy town, ain't it?

The Good Doctor of the Infinite Spaceways
The Good Doctor of the Infinite Spaceways

Oh, my stars and little dishes of queso! The renowned astrophysicist, director of the Hayden Planetarium, and new host of Cosmos on Fox – yes, that Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson – joins the impressive line-up regaling crowds during the Interactive phase of the upcoming South By Southwest Festival.

That charming promoter-of-all-things-science, who earned his master's degree at UT Austin in the early Eighties (when he wasn't busy winning awards for Latin-style ballroom dancing) and who thoroughly edutained a packed audience at the Paramount Theatre just last month, will be at SXSW to give a sort of State of the Universe address on Saturday, March 8, from 2-3pm.

And, cherry on top of the intergalactic sundae, SXSW Film will be screening the new Cosmos in its cinematic portion of the fest.

(I know, right? Good thing I interviewed the man when I had a chance.)

And if you haven't been keeping up with the SXSW doings thus far and wanna stimulate yourself to even greater heights of keynote-speaker anticipation, here's a sweet link for your clicking-finger's pleasure.

In the meantime, we'll be searching for that One Weird Trick that'll keep some wayward asteroid with a platinum badge from obliterating the planet.

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