You may know him from his famous TikTok account, or he may even be the only reason you passed CHEM 121. People of MSU, Hank Green is coming to town.
The famous YouTuber is hosting a conversation with Monica Tranel, the Democratic candidate running for U.S. Congress to represent Montana’s new House District 1. The free event is set to start at the Emerson Center for the Arts and Culture tonight at 7 p.m.
Green was raised in Birmingham, Alabama. After graduating from his bachelor's program at Eckerd College in biochemistry, he found a job working in an Orlando lab making fungicides to keep mold off oranges. Yeah, you read that right; not exactly exhilarating. Green’s girlfriend of several years declared that she had been accepted into graduate school at the University of Montana. Green followed her out to Montana and never left, graduating with a Masters in Environmental Studies. While in school, Green started a science-oriented blog called the Ego or Eco-Geek, which evolved into a video series and eventually the creation of Crash Course, a popular YouTube channel that produces entertaining and fast-paced educational videos. Green, and his now wife, still reside in Missoula.
Tranel was born in Wyoming but grew up with her nine brothers on a ranch in Eastern Montana. She became a world-class rower, competing in two Olympic Games and winning a World Championship gold for the U.S. Women's Rowing Team. Tranel is an alumna of Gonzaga University, where she attended the Gonzaga-in-Florence program and Rutgers University School of Law.
Tranel is currently based out of Missoula with her husband and three children and is running for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives representing Montana's Western district, which includes Bozeman. Her opponents are Republican Ryan Zinke and Libertarian John Lamb. The seat was added after the 2020 census.
The duo hosted the same event in Missoula on Sept. 14. One focus of their conversation was on encouraging the audience to vote.
The doors to tonight’s event, held in the Emerson’s Crawford Theater, open at 6:30 p.m.