The New Jersey State Bar Association will host best-selling author and award-winning actor, writer, and director Alan Alda, next week.

Alda will speak at the New Jersey Law Center, through the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, about communicating better—based on acting, improv, empathy, science, and storytelling.

In addition to his appearance, a panel of New Jersey lawyers and judges will offer their insights on being a successful communicator in the legal profession. The panel includes, retired state Assignment Judge Patricia Costello, Superior Court Judge Mary Costello, JudgeSohail Mohammed, and Lloyd Freeman, president of the Garden State Bar Association.

The program will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 22, at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick.


About the Program


As the host of PBS’ Scientific American Frontiers, Alda has interviewed scientists, physicists, neuroscientists, and academics. The success he had in forging a connection with these guests through these freewheeling improvisational conversations propelled him on a quest to develop new ways to communicate complex ideas more effectively. He founded the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University, which has trained over 7,000 people—from scientists to doctors—to communicate more effectively with the public. Now, in his new book, Alda shares powerful lessons from the science of communication, showing readers how to build empathy and improve the way they talk to and relate to others using improv games, storytelling, and their own innate abilities to read the true thoughts and feelings of others.


With his trademark humor and frankness, Alda will explain what makes these techniques he developed so impactful. From the boardroom to the bedroom, he examines the heart of what it means to be a true communicator: listening with one’s eyes; looking for clues in the face; shaping one’s message into a compelling story; being able to read another person well enough to know how to respond to what they’re thinking and feeling—especially when discussing difficult subjects.