There was a time when Carl Sagan was the James Bond of public science intellectuals: Women wanted him, and men wanted to be him. How cool is a job that lets you study and explore and pontificate on the outer reaches of the universe? By the time of his death in 1996, Sagan was that rarest of creatures, an internationally renowned public intellectual with a commercial reach that could actually touch average schmucks, conveying his interest in, say, extraterrestrials or whale communication or the surface conditions of Venus. Hand it to Broward College for celebrating the anniversary of his birth with, for a second year, Carl Sagan Day, chockablock with events and speakers both skeptical (the Amazing Randi!) and scientifical (Russell Romanella, a former director of the International Space Station). The events run mainly from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday on the colleges central campus (3501 SW David Road, Davie). Admissions free. For a full lineup and other information, write to firstname.lastname@example.org, call 954-345-1181, or just visit carlsaganday.com.
Sat., Nov. 6, 11 a.m., 2010