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“Civilization at a Crossroads” – Technology, Language, & Power

Original air date: September 25, 2021

BY: Dr. Elaina George, Host & Contributing Health Editor
PUBLISHED: September 25, 2021

Staying Human in a World of Technology 

Ms. Tessa Lena is a musician who writes a blog about the importance of being human in a world of technology that is fed by big data and empowered by technocracy. Therefore, she discusses how language has been used to bring civilization to a crossroads. 

About Tessa Lena

Tessa Lena is a strongly opinionated musician living in New York. She is a classically trained pianist and singer, born and raised in Moscow. As a teenager, Tessa had the honor of performing her own composition at the Moscow Conservatory. Additionally, she wanted to be a geneticist. Also, as her interests expanded to Tibetan music and language, she headed to Lhasa with a backpack to do a field study in linguistics and ethnomusicology.

Tessa settled in Chicago where she started a band working with her hero Ian McDonald of King Crimson and Foreigner. She also worked with drummer Alan Lake, who has played and recorded with Madonna, Brian Ferry, Julian Lennon, Ministry, Brian Wilson and Sam Moore from Sam And Dave.

Later, Tessa moved to New York. There she started a new band, Tessa Makes Love. In 2016, Tessa started Coalition for Artistic Dignity and organized a conference in Brooklyn dedicated to artistic dignity, social power and corporate responsibility.

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Dr. Elaina George is a Board Certified Otolaryngologist. She graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Biology, received her Master’s degree in Medical Microbiology from Long Island University, and received her medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York.