Curiosity Retreats Announces 2016 Speakers Line-Up to Include Doris Kearns Goodwin and David Eagleman

John Hendricks's Annual Meeting Brings Together the World's Most Curious Minds

​Curiosity Retreats, the annual thought leadership meeting hosted by Discovery Channel founder John Hendricks, announced today the eight world-renowned speakers scheduled at this year’s meeting October 2–7, 2016. 

The world’s thought leaders gather for Curiosity Retreats every year in Gateway, Colorado to share pioneering technologies, scientific advancements, political insights, economic theories and the latest discoveries from space.

The mission of Curiosity Retreats is to provide a place where the most inquisitive among us can gather to learn from the world's leading experts and to capture that content in a fashion that can be shared economically online with the world.

John Hendricks, Founder, CuriosityStream and Curiosity Retreats

The inspiration for the meeting, now in its third year, is to take a ‘deep dive’ into topics ranging from science, technology, civilization and the human spirit.

Featured speakers for 2016 are:

Doris Kearns Goodwin, Presidential Historian, Pulitzer Prize-winning Author & Political Commentator

Balancing Work, Love and Play: Lessons from the Presidents

 David Eagleman, Neuroscientist, PBS Host of The Brain, best-selling Author, Professor at the Baylor College of Medicine

The Future of the Brain

 Alan Stern, Planetary Scientist & Principal Investigator of the New Horizons Mission

To Pluto & Beyond

Sean Carroll, Cosmologist, Physicist & Author, Winner of the Andrew Gemant Award in Physics

The Big Picture

Nonny de la Peña, Pioneer of Virtual Reality & CEO of Emblematic Group

Our Virtual Reality

Spencer Wells, Population Geneticist, Anthropologist; Former Explorer-in-Residence, National Geographic

The Human Journey: A Genetic Odyssey

 Roland Fryer, Economist, the Henry Lee Professor of Economics, Harvard University, the 2015 recipient of the John Bates Clark Medal

The Economics of Incentives

Max Tegmark, Cosmologist, Astrophysicist, Author & Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Our Mathematical Universe

The speakers will engage retreat attendees on topics as diverse as: the latest images and scientific updates about Pluto from the New Horizons mission leader; the Future of the Brain; Anthropology; American History; Mathematics; Virtual Reality; and Economics. Culinary arts, media and musical performances will also form an integral part of the Curiosity Retreat experience. Unlike large conferences, Curiosity Retreats include small breakout sessions, or “precepts,” which allow participants to converse directly with speakers. Attendees will also be treated to a special technology exhibition led by virtual reality pioneer and speaker Nonny de la Peña, featuring Oculus Rift demonstrations.  

“Curiosity Retreats bring together some of the most inquisitive minds on the planet,” stated Elizabeth Hendricks North, Curiosity Retreats Managing Director and CuriosityStreams President. “Our aim is to nurture and sustain the natural curiosity that fosters exploration, innovation and invention.”

The annual Curiosity Retreat lectures, discussions, and interviews are produced into mini-documentaries that are made available on the world’s first streaming service for documentaries, CuriosityStream.  Making these available to a worldwide audience is important to spark an enduring discourse about the significant questions and debates of our time.

"The mission of Curiosity Retreats is to provide a place where the most inquisitive among us can gather to learn from the world's leading experts and to capture that content in a fashion that can be shared economically online with the world," stated John Hendricks, founder of CuriosityStream and Curiosity Retreats. 

Visit to learn more and call 1-888-289-8670 to reserve your space at the 2016 Curiosity Retreat, hosted October 2 – 7, 2016.

Curiosity Retreats, CuriosityStream and Curiosity Studios together form a multimedia company dedicated to educating and inspiring a worldwide community of the curious.

CuriosityStream is the world's first ad-free, on-demand subscription streaming service for nonfiction programming. Watch over 1,000 quality documentaries and series from the world's best filmmakers, anytime and anywhere. Join the community of the curious at and on Twitter @CuriosityStream.

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