Every spring, the University of Michigan Neuroscience program has a symposium with invited speakers, usually eminent people in the field who have been influential in some regard. This year one of the speakers we’ve settled on is linguist/philosopher/famous guy Steven Pinker, and I’ve been charged with inviting him. Or, more likely begging him to come. We invited him to the speak two years ago and he declined due to other scheduling conflicts, so we REALLY want him to come this year.
So, I’m wondering, how to pose the question so he’ll come? I’m sure he has lots of gigs that pay more and are higher profile. To all you scientists out there, how do you choose where to give a talk?