Public Lectures Series
Lectures are free and open to the public. Lectures are in McCosh 50 and begin at 6:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Click here to see location.
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Speakers in this series

Steven Johnson Author, The Ghost Map

The Myth of the Echo Chamber: Politics in the Age of the Participatory Web (webcast)
Mon, 21 Sep 2009 | Stafford Little Lecture

Sean Carroll Professor of Molecular Biology and Genetics, University of Wisconsin; author, The Making of the Fittest

Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origins of Species (webcast)
Wed, 07 Oct 2009 | Louis Clark Vanuxem Lecture (NOTE: Friend 101)

Ross Douthat, David Frum, Daniel Larison, Virginia Postrel

The Future of Conservatism (webcast)
Mon, 12 Oct 2009 | Stafford Little Lecture Fund (NOTE: 4:30 p.m.)

V. S. Ramachandran Director of the Center for Brain and Cognition, University of California, San Diego, and Adjunct Professor of Biology, the Salk Institute

What Neurology Can Tell Us about Human Nature (webcast)
Thu, 15 Oct 2009 | Louis Clark Vanuxem Lecture

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Novelist, Half of a Yellow Sun and Purple Hibiscus

The Danger of the Single Story
Tue, 20 Oct 2009 | Spencer Trask Lecture (NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED. NEW DATE IN FALL 2010 TO BE ANNOUNCED.).)

Alfred Brendel Pianist

Character in Music (NOTE: 8:00 p.m. in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall. Free ticket required--TICKETS NO LONGER AVAILABLE. THERE WILL BE A WAIT LINE AT THE EVENT FOR ANY AVAILABLE SEATING.
Mon, 09 Nov 2009 | Cosponsored by the Spencer Trask Fund, Lewis Center for the Arts, Department of Music, Princeton University Concerts, and the Department of German

Romano Prodi Former president of the European Commision, former prime minister of Italy, currently professor-at-large, Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University

The Role of Europe in a Multilateral World (webcast)
Thu, 19 Nov 2009 | Walter E. Edge Lecture

Marcelo Magnasco Professor and Head, Mathematical Physics Laboratory, Rockefeller University

Is an Eclipse Described in Homer’s Odyssey? (webcast)
Mon, 30 Nov 2009 | Cosponsored by the Department of Molecular Biology and the Louis Clark Vanuxem Fund (NOTE: McCosh Hall 10)

Javier Marias Spanish novelist, Tu rostro mañana (Your Face Tomorrow)

A Reading from Marias's Works Followed by a Conversation with Professors Angel G. Loureiro and Michael Wood
Tue, 01 Dec 2009 | Cosponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Spencer Trask Fund. (NOTE: McCormick 101 at 4:30 p.m.)

Martin Chalfie Professor and chair, Department of Biological Sciences, Columbia University

Green Fluorescent Protein: Lighting Up Life (webcast)
Thu, 28 Jan 2010 | Louis Clark Vanuxem Lecture

Simon Winchester author, The Map That Changed the World and The Professor and The Madman

The Man Who Loved China (webcast)
Thu, 11 Feb 2010 | Spencer Trask Lecture (NOTE: McCosh Hall 10)

Andrew Sullivan Columnist and blogger, The Atlantic Online; senior editor, The New Republic; author, The Conservative Soul

The Politics of Homosexuality (webcast)
Thu, 18 Feb 2010 | Stafford Little Lecture. Cosponsored by the Princeton University Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Center.

Persi Diaconis Professor of Statistics and Mathematics, Stanford University

The Search for Randomness
Thu, 04 Mar 2010 | Louis Clark Vanuxem Lecture (NOTE: McCosh Hall 10)

John Waters Film director

This Filthy World
Thu, 25 Mar 2010 | Cosponsored by the Lewis Center for the Arts/Performance Central and the Spencer Trask Lecture Fund

Anna Deavere Smith Actress and playwright

The Song Inside of What They Said to Me: On Performing America
Tue, 13 Apr 2010 | J. Edward Farnum Lecture (NOTE NEW DATE. 7:30 p.m. in McCosh 50)

Eric Lander Founding director, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard; principal leader, Human Genome Project

Secrets of the Human Genome (webcast)
Mon, 19 Apr 2010 | Louis Clark Vanuxem Lecture

Matthew Taibbi and Gillian Tett Contributing editor, Rolling Stone, and U.S. managing editor, Financial Times, respectively

The Current State of the Economy (webcast)
Wed, 28 Apr 2010 | Stafford Little Lecture Fund (NOTE: 8 p.m. in McCosh Hall 10)