Public Events

Throughout the academic year, the Institute offers a range of events that are open to the public, including lectures by Faculty from each of the four Schools and guest speakers, and concerts and talks as part of the Edward T. Cone Concert Series. Please check this site throughout the year for new events as they are announced. To receive updates on IAS events by email, sign up for IAS eNews, the Institute’s monthly electronic newsletter. Videos of previous events may be found at the Institute’s video page.

Public Lecture: AMIAS Public Lectures
Friday, November 7, 2014 - 4:30pm to 7:00pm
Wolfensohn Hall

The Parthenon Sculptures: Decoding Images of Ancient Myths
Friday, November 7, 2014 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Joan Breton Connelly, Professor of Classics
New York University

In this lecture, Joan Breton Connelly, former Member (2010–11) in the School of Historical Studies, will discuss how the Parthenon sculptures conveyed genealogical myths that answered for the Athenians the most basic human questions. Connelly will explore how the cosmic and epic narratives, and the great boundary catastrophes of war and deluge, established frameworks for understanding the distant past. Connelly will also demonstrate how the projection of these myths upon the great “billboards” of the Acropolis temples perpetuated a shared understanding of Athenian identity and educated young Athenians in the values upon which their democracy was based, chief among them, a willingness to sacrifice self-interest for the common good.

Finding Signs of Life on Earth-Like Exoplanet
Friday, November 7, 2014 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Hanno Rein, Assistant Professor
University of Toronto

One of the biggest discoveries of humankind is yet to come: Finding compelling evidence for life on another planet.

In this lecture, Hanno Rein, former Member (2010–13) in the School of Natural Sciences, will discuss the many places to look for biosignatures, both in the Solar System and beyond. Additionally, Rein will explain why chances are good for finding an Earth-twin planet around a Sun-like star within the next few years, as well as the challenges faced when that planet is discovered.

These lectures are sponsored by the Association of Members of the Institute for Advanced Study (AMIAS).

Edward T. Cone Concert Series: Amsterdam/New Amsterdam
Friday, November 14, 2014 - 8:00pm to 10:00pm
Wolfensohn Hall

For decades now, there has been a close association between the preeminent Dutch composer Louis Andreissen and a significant group of American minimalist and post-minimalist composers in the United States. Ralph van Raat, the young, vibrant, celebrated pianist from Amsterdam, will explore this connection, playing works of both American and Dutch composers, including Andreissen, David Lang, and John Adams. 

There will be a concert talk from the stage following the performance.

Tickets will be available to the public beginning October 31.

Edward T. Cone Concert Series: Amsterdam/New Amsterdam
Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 8:00pm to 10:00pm
Wolfensohn Hall

For decades now, there has been a close association between the preeminent Dutch composer Louis Andreissen and a significant group of American minimalist and post-minimalist composers in the United States. Ralph van Raat, the young, vibrant, celebrated pianist from Amsterdam, will explore this connection, playing works of both American and Dutch composers, including Andreissen, David Lang, and John Adams. 

Tickets will be available to the public beginning October 31. 

Public Policy Lecture: The State of Democracy and Voting in a Post-Shelby Era
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Barbara Arnwine, President and Executive Director, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Wolfensohn Hall

Barbara Arnwine, President and Executive Director of the national Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, will discuss the state of democracy and voting rights in a post-Shelby era. Known for her contributions on critical justice issues, including the passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1991 and the 2006 reauthorization of provisions of the Voting Rights Act, Arnwine will examine the landmark case and it's impact on the nation. The talk is part of Lectures on Public Policy, an annual series at the Institute that addresses issues of broad import relevant to contemporary politics, social conditions, and scientific matters.

Public Lecture: Lens of Computation on the Sciences
Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
Wolfensohn Hall

What do quantum interference, flocking of birds, Facebook communities, and stock prices have in common?

Many natural and social phenomena may be viewed as inherently computational; they evolve patterns of information that can be described algorithmically and studied through computational models and techniques. A series of talks by experts will highlight new insights and future challenges in this interaction of computational theory with physics, social sciences, economics, and biology. This conference is organized by Avi Wigderson, Herbert H. Maass Professor in the School of Mathematics.

Registration required www.ias.edu/computation2014