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The 2008 World Science Festival programs are described below. We were gratified by the overwhelming demand for these programs, and are pleased to report that every program sold out. Many of these programs will be made available online in the coming months. To receive information about the online programming, and the World Science Festival's year-round programs, please sign up here.

Thursday, May 29

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Pioneers in Science
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM , CUNY – The Graduate Center

Could robots someday be our friends? And what would you like to know about how the universe works? A select group of high school students will interview Nobel Laureate physicist Leon Lederman and ground-breaking robotic engineer Cynthia Breazeal on a wide range of subjects in front of a live audience. This event is sold out. A half-hour before the event, additional tickets may become available at the door. read more

Thursday, May 29

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Ramachandran/Kurzweil: Humanity Now/Humanity Next
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM , Rubin Museum of Art

In this special presentation with the Rubin Museum of Art, neuroscientist V.S. Ramachandran explores the origin of human abilities while inventor and futurist, Ray Kurzweil presents his vision of the future dynamic between humans and technology. read more

Thursday, May 29

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Green Buildings: The Role of Government Policy
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM , The New York Academy of Sciences

The New York Academy of Sciences' discussion group program turns its attention to an investigation of the policy imperatives to establish metrics and measurements that will drive a new era sustainable design. read more

Thursday, May 29

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Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives: With Mark Oliver Everett
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM , The Paley Center for Media

Indie rock artist Mark Oliver Everett (“eels”) is joined by theoretical physicists Michio Kaku and Max Tegmark to explore his father’s astounding contribution to physics: a theory of parallel worlds. Presented in collaboration with the Paley Center for Media, the discussion follows the American premiere screening of Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives (to be broadcast this fall on NOVA). Regular tickets for this event are sold out. Only closed circuit viewing room tickets available. read more

Thursday, May 29

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Oxygen
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM , CUNY - The Graduate Center: Segal Theatre

Who deserves the Nobel Prize for the discovery of the chemical element, oxygen? Three scientists — Lavoisier, Priestley, and Scheele — lay claim to the prize in this play, written by renowned chemists Carl Djerassi and Roald Hoffmann and presented in the form of a reading by Break A Leg Productions. This event is at capacity. Please check back as additional seats may become available. read more

Thursday, May 29

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Bioart in the Age of Terrorism
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM , EYEBEAM Art & Technology Center

Moderated by Carl Zimmer, this collaboration with Eyebeam Art & Technology Center is a provocative and timely exploration of controversial questions about the use of bio-materials as a medium for artistic expression. Featuring a panel that includes Steve Kurtz, the bio artist accused of illegally obtaining bio-medical materials for use in his work. Admission to the event is free, no reservations needed. read more

Thursday, May 29

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You and Your Irrational Brain:
An Evening of Experimentation Under the Stars

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM , Water Taxi Beach

In this special presentation of WNYC’s popular show Radio Lab, behavioral economist Dan Ariely, author of Predictably Irrational, joins science writer Jonah Lehrer and program hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich to explore the often surprising factors which motivate and dictate human behavior. This event has reached capacity. Please check back in case more reservations become available. read more

Thursday, May 29

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Toil and Trouble... Stories of Experiments Gone Wrong
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM , The Moth at Symphony Space

Renowned researchers, writers, and artists, including Sam Shepard, Jim Gates, Nathan Englander, Lucy Hawking, and Michael Turner, take to the stage to tell uniquely personal stories about heroic failures, miscalculations and experiments — scientific and otherwise — gone wrong. Presented in partnership with New York's extraordinary storytelling collective, The Moth. This event is sold out. A half-hour before the event, additional tickets may become available at the door. read more

Thursday, May 29

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Einstein's Dreams
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM , CUNY - The Graduate Center: Segal Theatre

Presented by Science & the Arts at The Graduate Center of the City University, this work is the stage adaptation of Alan Lightman's internationally acclaimed book, Einstein's Dreams. This event is sold out. A half-hour before the event, additional tickets may become available at the door. read more

Thursday, May 29

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Illuminating Genius: Unlocking Creativity
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM , NYU - Skirball Center

Bill T. Jones, Michael York, Matthew Ritchie and Saul Griffith join renowned neuroscientists to explore the brain’s creative impulses in a program that blends live performances and state-of-the-art brain imaging to shine a spotlight on the latest research informing our understanding of creativity and innovation. Moderator: John Hockenberry. This event is sold out. A half-hour before the event, additional tickets may become available at the door. read more

Thursday, May 29

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Echoes from the Beginning: A Journey through Space and Time
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM , CUNY – The Graduate Center

Join Science Friday’s Ira Flatow in conversation with leading cosmologists Lawrence Krauss, Paul Steinhardt, and Lyman Page, and historian of science Helge Kragh as they discuss and debate new advances that are shaping our understanding of the cosmic order and our place within it. This event is sold out. A half-hour before the event, additional tickets may become available at the door. read more

Thursday, May 29

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Science of Morality
8:15 PM - 9:45 PM , 92nd Street Y

Philosophers Patricia Churchland and Daniel Dennett, neuroscientist Antonio Damasio and evolutionary biologist Marc Hauser discuss the science of right and wrong, and explore how our scientific understanding of morality may affect society, from shaping justice systems to deciding whether to engage in wars or assist others in economic and humanitarian struggles. Moderator: Jon Meacham. This event is sold out. A half-hour before the event, additional tickets may become available at the door. read more


Friday, May 30

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Cool Jobs
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM , NYU - Kimmel Center for University Life

This multi-media event for curious minds of all ages invites you to meet scientists with some of the coolest jobs in the world — from crime scene investigator and space explorer to oceanographer and Disney Imagineer. This event is sold out. A half-hour before the event, additional tickets may become available at the door. read more

Friday, May 30

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The Brain and Bourne: Neuroscience in the Bourne Trilogy
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM , The Museum of Modern Art

Following a screening of The Bourne Identity, the film’s producer/director Doug Liman and psychiatrist/neuroscientist Giulio Tononi explore the science behind The Bourne Trilogy. Film scholar and producer/screenwriter James Schamus (Co-President of Focus Features) moderates. A special collaboration with MoMA. read more

Friday, May 30

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The Mind's Eye
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM , The Metropolitan Museum of Art

In this special presentation with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, neurologist and best-selling author Oliver Sacks and NPR’s Robert Krulwich illuminate the often surprising relationship between vision and the brain. This wide-ranging discussion adds a new chapter to Sacks’ ongoing exploration into the fascinating mysteries of the brain and human experience.
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Friday, May 30

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IJK
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM , The New Victory Theater

In this special presentation with the New Victory Theater, planetary scientist Heidi Hammel sheds light on the connections between I.J.K., a whimsical physics-inspired showcase of sonic juggling, and the science of motion of large bodies — like planets, comets and galaxies — careening and spinning through space.  When purchasing tickets online, please use promotion code WSF408. read more

Friday, May 30

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Armitage Gone! Dance: The Elegant Universe
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM , Works & Process at the Guggenheim Museum

As part of the Guggenheim Museum's Works & Process series, director/choreographer Karole Armitage presents a new work inspired by physicist Brian Greene's bestselling book, The Elegant Universe. The performance will include a discussion between Armitage and her collaborators about the process of transforming scientific concepts into aesthetic expression. read more

Friday, May 30

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The Sixth Extinction
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM , Columbia University - Miller Theatre

Join renowned conservationist Richard Leakey and bio-acoustician Bernie Krause for an intimate look at some of the world's most endangered species of plants and animals. Featuring astonishing sounds from the wild and stunning new footage from the Arctic, the program takes us on a visceral journey through the past, present, and possible future of life on earth. This event is now sold out, however additional tickets may become available at the door, half an hour before the event, on a first come, first served basis. read more

Friday, May 30

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Future Cities: Sustainable Solutions, Radical Designs
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM , NYU - Kimmel Center for University Life

In a program that celebrates human ingenuity while providing a stark reminder of looming challenges, leading innovators including the planner behind China's first eco-city, an inventor of stackable cars, and a pioneer of urban farming, lay out radical blueprints and innovative solutions as they imagine housing, feeding, transporting and sustaining city dwellers of the not too distant future. This event is now sold out, however additional tickets may become available at the door, half an hour before the event, on a first come, first served basis. read more

Friday, May 30

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Invisible Reality: The Wonderful Weirdness of the Quantum World
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM , NYU - Skirball Center

Join Alan Alda as he accompanies Brian Greene, Nobel Laureate William Phillips and other leading thinkers at the vanguard of quantum research on an accessible multimedia exploration of the astounding weirdness of the quantum world. This event is now sold out, however additional tickets may become available at the door, half an hour before the event, on a first come, first served basis. read more

Friday, May 30

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Einstein's Dreams
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM , CUNY - The Graduate Center: Segal Theatre

Presented by Science & the Arts at The Graduate Center of the City University, this work is the stage adaptation of Alan Lightman's internationally acclaimed book, Einstein's Dreams. This event is now sold out, however additional tickets may become available at the door, half an hour before the event, on a first come, first served basis. read more


Saturday, May 31

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Science of Disney Imagineering
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM , NYU - Skirball Center

G-Force simulators , elephants with GPS, turning audience members into video game controllers, sounds coming out of your head, and things that go "boom" — its all part of the science behind the "make believe" at Walt Disney Imagineering. No one leaves empty-handed with all the fun giveaways! Did we mention walking dinosaurs, talking turtles, and more surprise guests? Please note this program will also run at 12:30 PM and at 3 PM. This event is now sold out, however additional tickets may become available at the door, half an hour before the event, on a first come, first served basis. read more

Saturday, May 31

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WSF Street Fair
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

The World Science Festival takes to the streets with a non-stop program of interactive exhibits, experiments, games, and shows that will entertain and inspire. Clustered on the blocks around Washington Square Park and the NYU campus, open-air stages will feature well-known musicians, authors and artists in performance. Fun for everyone from pre-teens to the curious kid in us all. read more

Saturday, May 31

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Brain Tricks
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM , NYU - Lecture Hall

Eric Haseltine, neuroscientist and contributor to Discover Magazine, is paired with a prominent magician, in a mind-boggling demonstration of magic, brainpower and illusion. Watch things appear from thin air and disappear before our eyes! Is it magic or is it all in your brain? This event is now sold out, however additional tickets may become available at the door, half an hour before the event, on a first come, first served basis. read more

Saturday, May 31

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Einstein, Time & Cool Stuff
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM , NYU - Lecture Hall

Explore just how low you can go when Nobel prize-winning physicist William Phillips takes you on a journey to the lowest temperatures ever recorded. Featuring jaw-dropping experiments and a multimedia display, Phillips shows audiences what happens when ordinary objects are taken to the edge of absolute zero. This event is now sold out, however additional tickets may become available at the door, half an hour before the event, on a first come, first served basis. read more

Saturday, May 31

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Science of Disney Imagineering
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM , NYU - Skirball Center

G-Force simulators , elephants with GPS, turning audience members into video game controllers, sounds coming out of your head, and things that go "boom" — its all part of the science behind the "make believe" at Walt Disney Imagineering. No one leaves empty-handed with all the fun giveaways! Did we mention walking dinosaurs, talking turtles, and more surprise guests? This event is now sold out, however additional tickets may become available at the door, half an hour before the event, on a first come, first served basis. read more

Saturday, May 31

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Your Biological Biography: Genes and Identity
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM , NYU - Kimmel Center for University Life

Nobel Laureate Paul Nurse talks with geneticists Francis Collins and Jim Evans and renowned ethicists about how personal genomics will affect our lives. To what extent do our genes determine our health and who we are? If your DNA can hint at your future, will you read your biological biography? This event is now sold out, however additional tickets may become available at the door, half an hour before the event, on a first come, first served basis. read more

Saturday, May 31

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Einstein's Dreams
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM , CUNY - The Graduate Center: Segal Theatre

Presented by Science & the Arts at The Graduate Center of the City University, this work is the stage adaptation of Alan Lightman's internationally acclaimed book, Einstein's Dreams. This event is now sold out, however additional tickets may become available at the door, half an hour before the event, on a first come, first served basis. read more

Saturday, May 31

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Seeds, Survival, Stalin
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Persecuted by Stalin, Russian geneticist Nikolai Vavilov died before he could enact his grand vision of a comprehensive seed bank. Vavilov's biographer Peter Pringle and environmental scientist Robert Goodman discuss Vavilov's life, and examine strategies for ensuring the long-term survival of Earth's botanical heritage. Science writer Carl Zimmer moderates. Presented in collaboration with the New York Botanical Garden.  Free with admission to the Garden. read more

Saturday, May 31

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Science of Sports
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM , NYU - Coles Sports Center

Please note changed venue! Fans of all ages will have something to cheer about when science and sports unite. Olympic athletes and NBA players join top neurologists, physicists, nutritionists, and trainers, to demonstrate just what it takes to be the best in the world and why science is a major player. read more

Saturday, May 31

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Science of Disney Imagineering
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM , NYU - Skirball Center

G-Force simulators , elephants with GPS, turning audience members into video game controllers, sounds coming out of your head, and things that go "boom" — it's all part of the science behind the "make believe" at Walt Disney Imagineering. No one leaves empty-handed with all the fun giveaways! Did we mention walking dinosaurs, talking turtles, and more surprise guests? This event is now sold out, however additional tickets may become available at the door, half an hour before the event, on a first come, first served basis. read more

Saturday, May 31

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Mathemagician
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM , NYU - Lecture Hall

In this highly entertaining show combining math with magic, "Mathemagician" Arthur Benjamin displays feats of amazing mental mathematical gymnastics and explains the secrets behind his skills. Find out how he can be faster than an electronic calculator! This event is now sold out, however additional tickets may become available at the door, half an hour before the event, on a first come, first served basis. read more

Saturday, May 31

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Faith & Science
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM , NYU - Kimmel Center for University Life

An intimate look at what scientists have to say about their religious beliefs and what might be revealed by scientific studies of spirituality. Due to illness, Julia Sweeney will not be appearing in this event. This event is now sold out, however additional tickets may become available at the door, half an hour before the event, on a first come, first served basis. read more

Saturday, May 31

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Greengenuity
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM , NYU - Lecture Hall

Join self-described Lazy Environmentalist, media personality and author Josh Dorfman on an investigation of the ever-expanding marketplace for the would-be green consumer. With Dorfman will be the eco-electronics pioneer behind the super energy-efficient One Laptop per Child computer, Mary Lou Jepsen, and the young entrepreneurs of Ecovative Design, inventors of infinitely recyclable materials and products made from mushrooms. This event is now sold out, however additional tickets may become available at the door, half an hour before the event, on a first come, first served basis. read more

Saturday, May 31

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Music and the Brain
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM , Abyssinian Baptist Church

Please note change of date and time! The Abyssinian Gospel Choir joins neurologist/author Oliver Sacks in an exploration of the power of music, as the choir's performance provides a stimulating context for accounts of music’s biological foundations, and of patients whose lives were altered by the empowerment of music. This event is now sold out. A limited number of additional tickets for a viewing room with a live video feed from the church will be available at the door. read more

Saturday, May 31

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Powering the Planet: A Townhall Meeting
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM , NYU - Kimmel Center for University Life

The shock of climate change has spurred a worldwide quest to power the planet with clean, renewable energy. In this sweeping town hall meeting moderated by New York Times environmental reporter Andrew Revkin, pioneering scientists, conservationists and policy-makers consider the challenges presented by one of the most urgent problems of the twenty first century. This event is now sold out, however additional tickets may become available at the door, half an hour before the event, on a first come, first served basis. read more

Saturday, May 31

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Peak Experience
7:00 PM - 7:00 AM , Rubin Museum of Art

The ultimate sleepover: forty children (ages 10-12) — roped together alpine-style — confront the challenges of climbing Mt. Everest. Guided by an expert in wilderness medicine, Everest veterans, and Sherpas, the kids explore the physics and the physiology of mountaineering. A program created in partnership with the Rubin Museum of Art.
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Saturday, May 31

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Armitage Gone! Dance: The Elegant Universe
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM , Works & Process at the Guggenheim Museum

As part of the Guggenheim Museum's Works & Process series, director/choreographer Karole Armitage presents a new work inspired by physicist Brian Greene's bestselling book, The Elegant Universe. The performance includes a discussion between Armitage and her collaborators about the process of transforming scientific concepts into aesthetic expression. read more

Saturday, May 31

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What it Means to be Human
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM , NYU - Skirball Center

Scientists, artists and philosophers draw on a range of disciplines including fundamental physics, anthropology and robotics to explore what it means to be human now and what it could mean in the future. This event is now sold out, however additional tickets may become available at the door, half an hour before the event, on a first come, first served basis. read more

Saturday, May 31

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QED: A Reading
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM , Columbia University - Miller Theatre

Emmy award-winning actor Alan Alda revisits his acclaimed performance as the Nobel Prize winning physicist Richard Feynman in Peter Parnell’s play QED, in a reading followed by a conversation with astronomer Vera Rubin and physicists Pierre Hohenberg and Stephon Alexander about Feynman's life and work. Orchestra seats for this event are sold out. Only partially obstructed seats remain. read more


Sunday, June 1

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Beyond Einstein: In Search of the Ultimate Explanation
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM , NYU - Kimmel Center for University Life

Join leading physicists Leonard Susskind and Jim Gates, historian of science Peter Galison, and Nobel Laureate Paul Nurse for a spirited discussion of the progress and implications of Einstein's dream of a unified theory of physics. This event is now sold out, however additional tickets may become available at the door, half an hour before the event, on a first come, first served basis. read more

Sunday, June 1

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Science Sunday at the Met
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM , The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Sunday at The Met celebrates science through a diverse range of all-ages programming taking place in several locations around the museum. Included in these will be gallery talks, educational programs for kids, audio presentations about science and art, and a series of lectures about the science of conservancy. This event is free with museum admission. read more

Sunday, June 1

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Plague in Gotham
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM , New-York Historical Society

Visit the New-York Historical Society's exhibition Plague in Gotham (on view through November 2, 2008) about the deadly cholera outbreaks in 19th-century New York City. See maps illustrating the rapid spread of the epidemic and displays of remedies that reflect the limited scientific understanding of the disease at that time. The accompanying World Science Festival talk scheduled for June 1st has been cancelled. read more

Sunday, June 1

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Looking for the Laws of Life
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM , NYU - Kimmel Center for University Life

Are there universal laws of life, much like the fundamental laws of physics, that govern or limit the characteristics that make life — in any form — possible? Join John Hockenberry for a vibrant discussion with astrobiologists Paul Davies, Steven Benner, and Maggie Turnbull about the search for life as we don’t know it. This event is now sold out, however additional tickets may become available at the door, half an hour before the event, on a first come, first served basis. read more

Sunday, June 1

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90 is the New 50: The Science of Longevity
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM , NYU - Kimmel Center for University Life

Leading longevity researchers Robert Butler, David Sinclair, Richard Weindruch, and embryonic stem cell biologist Renee Reijo Pera, investigate the facts and implications surrounding emerging technologies, novel therapies, and innovative medical practices that forecast a radical extension of a healthy human life. Featuring a special performance by acclaimed singer, Marilyn Maye. This event is now sold out, however additional tickets may become available at the door, half an hour before the event, on a first come, first served basis. read more

Sunday, June 1

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Dear Albert: A Reading for the Stage by Alan Alda
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM , Columbia University - Miller Theatre

Written by Alan Alda from the letters of Albert Einstein, his wives and friends, directed by Tony award-winning director Daniel Sullivan and featuring Tony-award winning actor Anthony LaPaglia, Kate Burton, and Mia Barron, this new work delves into the treasure trove of letters written by Albert Einstein, tracing an intimate and unfamiliar line across his life and work. Orchestra seats for this event are sold out. Only partially obstructed seats remain. read more

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