Lecture Series

Fermilab offers a public lecture series on a wide range of topics presented by experts in their respective fields. Lectures cost $7 and are usually on Friday evenings beginning at 8 p.m. in Ramsey Auditorium. Lectures are general admission seating, and frequently sell out.

For information, call 630-840-ARTS (630-840-2787). Purchase tickets with no additional fees.

Fermilab’s Greatest Hits: Highlights from the First Fifty Years, Chris Quigg’s lecture from 1/27/17 is now available on YouTube.

Upcoming events

May 5, 2017, 8:00 pm
Dr. Priya Natarajan, Yale University
Tickets: $7
Dr. Natarajan will recount the evolution of celestial map-making and show how maps literally track our ever evolving cosmic view. Tracing our understanding of the universe, its contents and its evolution - the lecture will examine recent developments in our understanding of two invisible entities: dark matter and black holes.
May 19, 2017, 8:00 pm
Jorge Cham, PHD Comics; Daniel Whiteson, University of California, Irvine
Tickets: $7
Jorge Cham, of PHD Comics and physicist Daniel Whiteson explore why a vast portion of our universe is still a mystery, and what a lot of smart people are doing to understand it.
July 14, 2017, 8:00 pm
Neutrinos are the oddballs of elementary particles, and their peculiar properties suggest connections to many of the big mysteries of particle physics. Enrico Fermi was the first to propose a way to detect them and to officially bestow their name. The story of Fermi’s “little neutral ones” has already many surprises and inspiring examples of daring experimental initiative.
Sept. 15, 2017, 8:00 pm
Gino Segre, University of Pennsylvania; Bettina Hoerlin, Author
Tickets: $7
Enrico Fermi is unquestionably the most famous scientist to come from Italy since Galileo, so revered by his peers that he was known as “the Pope,” because his scientific instincts and skills were said to be “infallible.” A physics Nobel Prize winner in 1938, he was one of the most productive and creative scientists of the twentieth century. His work changed our world with the advent of nuclear reactors, weapons of mass destruction and life-saving medical interventions. Fermilab, the largest particle accelerator in the United States, bears his name as does the nation’s most significant presidential award in science and technology.

Streaming video

Chris Quigg’s Jan. 27 lecture “Fermilab’s Greatest Hits: Highlights from the First Fifty Years” is now available on YouTube.
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