Public Lectures Series
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Speakers in this series

Stephen Sondheim and Frank Rich Stephen Sondheim, composer and lyricist, and Frank Rich, former NY Times drama critic and columnist, writer for New York magazine

A Conversation Between Stephen Sondheim and Frank Rich (NOTE: McCarter Theatre; free ticket required. EVENT IS NOW "SOLD-OUT." There are no remaining tickets (as of 9/20/11).)
Mon, 26 Sep 2011 | Spencer Trask Lecture

Justice John Paul Stevens Retired associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court

The Court, the Constitution, and the Justice from Illinois: Justice John Paul Stevens in Conversation with Provost Christopher Eisgruber ( (NOTE: 4:30 p.m. Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall. Free ticket required.) (webcast)
Mon, 10 Oct 2011 | Cosponsored by the Walter E. Edge Lecture Fund and the John Marshall Harlan '20 Lecture in Constitutional Adjudication of the Law and Public Affairs Program

Susan Faludi Author and journalist

9/11 at the Ten-Year Mark: A Decade of Fear and Fantasy
Tue, 18 Oct 2011 | Stafford Little Lecture

Jonathan Safran Foer Author

Writing Life (webcast)
Thu, 10 Nov 2011 | Cosponsored by the J. Edward Farnum Lecture Fund, the Center for Jewish Life, and the Departments of English and Comparative Literature

Neil DeGrasse Tyson Astrophysicist, director of the Hayden Planetarium

Delusions of Space Enthusiasts
Tue, 29 Nov 2011 | Cosponsored by the Louis Clark Vanuxem Lecture Fund and the Department of Astrophysical Sciences

Steve Martin Comedian, writer, actor

Stand Up: My Rise and Collapse (NOTE: Free ticket required.)
Thu, 08 Dec 2011 | Spencer Trask Lecture

Daniel M. Russell Über Tech Lead for Search Quality and User Happiness, Google

What Does It Mean To Be Literate in the Age of Google? (webcast)
Tue, 28 Feb 2012 | Louis Clark Vanuxem Lecture

Ayana Arce, Robert Hampshire, James Mitchell, Jennifer Rexford, James West, Alice White, with Randal Pinkett

In the Nation's Service: Diversifying Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Leadership
Mon, 12 Mar 2012 | Supported by the Louis Clark Vanuxem Fund (NOTE: Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall)

Henry Petroski Aleksandar S. Vesic Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Professor of History, Duke University

Einstein and Steinmetz: Prototypes or Stereotypes of Scientists and Engineers?
Tue, 27 Mar 2012 | Stafford Little Lecture

Josh Kornbluth Comic monologuist and filmmaker

The Mathematics of Change: A Comic Monologue about Failure at Princeton
Thu, 05 Apr 2012 | J. Edward Farnum

Andrew Hodges Author of Alan Turing: The Enigma (1983)

Alan Turing: An Atlantic Perspective
Mon, 23 Apr 2012 | Louis Clark Vanuxem Lecture

Dava Sobel and Diane Ackerman

The Art of Science Writing (NOTE: 7:00 p.m.)
Fri, 27 Apr 2012 | Spencer Trask Lecture

Carmen Reinhart Dennis Weatherstone Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics

A Decade of Debt
Thu, 03 May 2012 | Walter E. Edge Lecture