Lecture Series

Fermilab offers a public lecture series on a wide range of topics presented by experts in their respective fields. Ramsey Auditorium Lectures cost $8 and are usually on Friday evenings beginning at 7:30 pm. Lectures are general admission seating, and frequently sell out.

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

Upcoming events

July 31, 2020, 7:30 pm
Dr. Rebecca Thompson, Fermilab
Tickets: Free - registration required
Join us for our first "Fermilab Arts & Lectures At Home" event! Dr. Rebecca Thompson explores the science in films like Game of Thrones and Frozen II. From Valyrian steel to snow anchors, storytelling relies on science to drawn in and keep an audience. Just as important is how they can use deviations from real-life science effectively without pushing the audience out of the story. This talk with focus on how many of the pop culture juggernauts incorporate science, whether consciously or unintentionally, to strengthen the story and audience engagement.
Aug. 21, 2020, 7:30 pm
Dr. Dan Hooper, Fermilab
Tickets: Free - registration required
Over the past few decades, we have made incredible discoveries about how our cosmos evolved over the past 13.8 billion years, but we still know very little about what happened in the first seconds after the Big Bang. This talk will examine how physicists are using the Large Hadron Collider and other experiments to re-create the conditions of the Big Bang, and to address mysteries such as how our universe came to contain so much matter and so little antimatter.
Sept. 11, 2020, 7:30 pm
Dr. Don Lincoln, Fermilab
Tickets: Free - registration required
Einstein spent the last decades of his life trying to work out a theory that would explain all known phenomena.  He failed, but his vision has been pursued by generations of researchers and there have been many popular science books and articles that imply that such a theory could be right around the corner. 
Feb. 19, 2021, 7:30 pm
Dr. Gerald Gabrielse, Northwestern University
Tickets: $8
This lecture, originally scheduled for April 3, has been rescheduled for February 19,, 2021. Updated information is available on https://events.fnal.gov/arts-lecture-series/, on our Facebook page, and will be sent via our electronic newsletters. Please be sure to keep checking web pages for updates. If you wish to transfer the value of your ticket purchase into a gift... More »

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