Events

September

Stargazing Lecture

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
September 14, 2018
Cahill, Hameetman Auditorium

A million miles from Earth, there is a peculiar point in space called “L2,” where the gravity from the Sun and Earth strike a special balance. There, a spacecraft called Gaia is slowly rotating, once every six hours. As it rolls, its two telescopes scan the sky making the most precise map of the cosmos ever created. This talk will be an overview of the science of mapping the heavens, stretching back to the ancient Greeks and extending to the ongoing Gaia mission. I will share some of the ways that Gaia is revolutionizing all aspects of astronomy from quasars to stars to exoplanets.

About the Series

Stargazing Lectures are free lectures at a public level followed by guided stargazing with telescopes (weather permitting). All events are held at the Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics at Caltech. No reservations are needed. Lectures are 30 minutes; stargazing lasts 90 minutes. Stay only as long as you want.

Stargazing is only possible with clear skies, but the lecture, slideshow, and Q&A takes place regardless of weather.

For directions, weather updates, and more information, please visit: http://outreach.astro.caltech.edu.

Download the series flyer (PDF)

Caltech Associates Reception & Dinner: Virtual Reality – Where Humans, Data, and Artificial Intelligence Meet

5:45 pm - 9:00 pm
September 20, 2018
Athenaeum

5:45 p.m. Reception
6:30 p.m. Dinner and program

8:15 p.m. VR demonstrations, dessert, and coffee

Once limited to the realm of science fiction, artificial intelligence and virtual reality are poised to transform our everyday lives. They will change how we work, interact with the others, learn, entertain ourselves, and do science. Just as the internet has changed our lives permanently, so too will these technologies alter our future.

George Djorgovski, professor of astronomy, director of Caltech's Center for Data-Driven Discovery, and executive officer for astronomy, will discuss how he is using virtual reality and artificial intelligence to visualize complex information and unlock the power of limitless possibilities within our data-driven modern world.

During the dessert reception, you will have an opportunity to immerse yourself in this exciting technology by experiencing multiple VR stations led by Caltech students.

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This event is open to members of the Caltech Associates and guests. For more information and to learn how to join, please visit our website or contact the Associates office at (626) 395-3919.

With a proud history of support dating back to 1926, the Caltech Associates are a vibrant organization of more than 2,000 members who are investors in discovery. Membership helps advance Caltech's most ambitious projects, including new treatments for disease, insights into nature, and technologies that could change the way people live their lives.

Caltech is changing the world. You can be part of it by joining the Caltech Associates and help shape tomorrow. Visit: www.associates.caltech.edu

Convocation 2018

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
September 23, 2018
Beckman Auditorium

Caltech's annual convocation ceremony offers a warm welcome and introduction to the Institute for new undergraduate students, their family and friends, new graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. The program includes greetings from President Thomas F. Rosenbaum, and a brief introduction to student life at Caltech by Joseph E. Shepherd, Vice President for Student Affairs.

Please join us on Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 3:00pm to welcome new members to our Caltech community and embrace Caltech's intellectually and culturally rich community.

Campus Architectural Tour

10:30 am - 12:30 pm
September 27, 2018
Athenaeum

A walking tour of campus will be led by members of the Caltech Architectural Tour Service (CATS).

Beginning at the Athenaeum, the tour encompasses the historic campus, a selection of buildings from the modern campus, and the newly expanded north campus. Docents present a detailed history of the architecture and take visitors into some of the public spaces of the early campus. The interiors of one or two buildings will be featured.

Please note that this is a strenuous walk that includes steps.

A tour of the new buildings only is not offered on community tour dates but can be arranged by special request.

Caltech Associates Northern California Program: Terror Before Terrorism

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
September 27, 2018
Off Campus

Location: Los Altos Golf & Country Club, 1560 Country Club Dr., Los Altos, CA 94024

6:00 p.m. Reception with cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and buffet stations
7:15 p.m. Program
8:10 p.m. Networking, dessert, and coffee

At a time when terrorist attacks seem to be increasing and sowing fear across the globe, stepping back into the medieval past can expose how Western nations’ ideas about terrorism have been shaped by their own cultural understandings of order and violence.

Join Caltech’s Professor of History Warren C. Brown as he examines how terror was used in the Middle Ages to achieve specific goals and how societal, cultural, and legal norms governed Europeans’ use of terror as a weapon, providing a new perspective which may help us better understand the motivation behind acts of terror carried out today.

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For inquiries, please contact Jessica Lee with the Caltech Associates office at caltechassociates@caltech.edu or (626) 395-6392.

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This event is open to members of the Caltech Associates and guests. For more information and to learn how to join, please visit our website or contact the Associates office at (626) 395-3919.

With a proud history of support dating back to 1926, the Caltech Associates are a vibrant organization of more than 2,000 members who are investors in discovery. Membership helps advance Caltech's most ambitious projects, including new treatments for disease, insights into nature, and technologies that could change the way people live their lives.

Caltech is changing the world. You can be part of it by joining the Caltech Associates and help shape tomorrow. Visit: www.associates.caltech.edu

October

Caltech Associates Panel Discussion: From Science to Solutions, A Panel on Climate Change

6:00 pm - 8:45 pm
October 11, 2018
Athenaeum

6:00 p.m. Reception with cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and buffet stations
7:15 p.m. Panel discussion

What does the future hold for our earth's climate? Will we continue to experience more extreme weather events—like heat waves, floods, wildfires, and hurricanes? Our communities, industries and infrastructure depend on having accurate climate information. Advances in computing and observations from space have brought breakthroughs in the accuracy of climate predictions within reach.

Join Tapio Schneider, Theodore Y. Wu Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering and Jet Propulsion Laboratory Senior Research Scientist, and a panel of experts to hear about breakthroughs that enable us to better predict our common climate future.

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This event is open to members of the Caltech Associates and guests. For more information and to learn how to join, please visit our website or contact the Associates office at (626) 395-3919.

With a proud history of support dating back to 1926, the Caltech Associates are a vibrant organization of more than 2,000 members who are investors in discovery. Membership helps advance Caltech's most ambitious projects, including new treatments for disease, insights into nature, and technologies that could change the way people live their lives.

Caltech is changing the world. You can be part of it by joining the Caltech Associates and help shape tomorrow. Visit: www.associates.caltech.edu

Stargazing Lecture

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
October 12, 2018
Cahill, Hameetman Auditorium

 

About the Series

Stargazing Lectures are free lectures at a public level followed by guided stargazing with telescopes (weather permitting). All events are held at the Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics at Caltech. No reservations are needed. Lectures are 30 minutes; stargazing lasts 90 minutes. Stay only as long as you want.

Stargazing is only possible with clear skies, but the lecture, slideshow, and Q&A takes place regardless of weather.

For directions, weather updates, and more information, please visit: http://outreach.astro.caltech.edu.

Download the series flyer (PDF)

Caltech Associates Program: President’s Circle Garden Party

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
October 20, 2018
President's Residence

5:00 p.m.

President Thomas F. Rosenbaum, Sonja and William Davidow Presidential Chair and Professor of Physics, and Katherine T. Faber, Simon Ramo Professor of Materials Science, invite President's Circle members for a special evening of celebration for the support of and commitment to Caltech and the Associates. Our 48th Caltech Associates Board President Stephen Rogers will be introduced.

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For inquiries, please contact Jessica Lee with the Caltech Associates office at caltechassociates@caltech.edu or (626) 395-6392.

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This event is open to President's Circle members of the Caltech Associates. For more information and to learn how to join, please visit our website or contact the Associates office at (626) 395-3919

With a proud history of support dating back to 1926, the Caltech Associates are a vibrant organization of more than 2,000 members who are investors in discovery. Membership helps advance Caltech's most ambitious projects, including new treatments for disease, insights into nature, and technologies that could change the way people live their lives.

Caltech is changing the world. You can be part of it by joining the Caltech Associates and help shape tomorrow. Visit: www.associates.caltech.edu

Reduced Shakespeare Company – The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) (revised)

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
October 20, 2018
Beckman Auditorium

Written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield, with additional material by Reed Martin
Directed by Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor

It's baaaaaack!

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised] is the original, and timeless classic from the Reduced Shakespeare Company. Every ten years, give or take, the RSC goes back to the source, the fountainhead, the birth of all things that followed.

All 37 Plays in 97 Minutes!  The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised] is an irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard's plays. It was London's longest-running comedy, having clocked a very palpable nine years in London's West End at the Criterion Theatre! The show has been seen at the Kennedy Center, Off-Broadway, and from sea to shining sea. Join these madcap men in tights as they weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare's Comedies, Histories and Tragedies in one wild and memorable ride that leaves audiences breathless and helpless with laughter.

In the spirit of Shakespeare himself, RSC shows contain some occasional bawdy language and mild innuendo. All children (and parents) are different, so we've chosen to rate our shows PG-13: Pretty Good If You're Thirteen.

Bill Staines

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
October 20, 2018
Beckman Institute Auditorium

While we have enjoyed Bill Staines's songs for decades, whether on recordings or by such people as Peter, Paul, and Mary, Tommy Makem and the Clancy Brothers, Nanci Griffith, Priscilla Herdman, Jerry Jeff Walker, and many others, he has seldom performed here in Southern California in recent years. Songs like “All God's Critters,” “The Roseville Fair,” “Child of Mine,” and “River” have become folk music classics. Composer David Amram once described Bill as “a modern day Stephen Foster. His music will be around a hundred years from now.” After a few years of trying, we're glad to announce that Bill will be making his Caltech debut at last!

He mixes a few traditional and contemporary songs in with his outstanding originals, interspersing stories of the events and people that inspired these songs, as well as life on the road. Nanci Griffith once wrote, “Bill Staines has been my hero since 1977. He carries on where Woody [Guthrie] left off—carrying on the tradition of stories and characters you wish you knew.” The Washington Post wrote that he is “a craftsman who has cobbled together evocative details, pithy aphorisms and singalong melodies into a trunkful of unassuming, marvelous songs.” His fine guitar playing frames these songs perfectly. The consummate “musician on the road,” he continues to perform more than 175 shows a year, and drives close to 70,000 miles getting to them. He is one of the most durable and beloved singers on the folk music scene today. Come and find out why. You just might find yourself singing along!

More Info: http://www.acousticmusic.com/staines

 

Caltech Public Events

Pasadena Folk Music Society

Demons, Devils and Divas: Ghostly Tales from Opera and Musical Theater

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
October 30, 2018
Beckman Auditorium

Sopranos Suzan Hanson and Shana Blake Hill, baritone Roberto Gomez and bass-baritone (and Caltech alum '89) Dean Elzinga join pianist-narrator Victoria Kirsch for a staged evening of Halloween-inspired songs; arias; ensembles from Sondheim's Sweeney Todd and Into the Woods, Verdi's Macbeth, Puccini's Tosca, and Mozart's Magic Flute; readings from Shakespeare and Edgar Allan Poe; and songs by Schubert, Saint-Saëns and Tom Lehrer.

Sergio Pellegrino – Space Solar Power: A New Beginning

8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
October 31, 2018
Beckman Auditorium

Sergio Pellegrino is the Joyce and Kent Kressa Professor of Aerospace and Civil Engineering at Caltech in the Division of Engineering and Applied Science; Jet Propulsion Laboratory Senior Research Scientist; and Co-Director of the Space-Based Solar Power Project.

This event is free; no tickets or reservations are required.

Reserved section tickets are available to members of The Friends of Beckman Auditroium and the Caltech Associates, and Caltech alumni.

November

Caltech Associates Northern California Program: President’s Circle Dinner

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
November 3, 2018
Off Campus

Location: Waterbar, 399 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105

Please save the date for a special evening hosted by President Thomas F. Rosenbaum

Caltech Associates Northern California President's Circle Dinner
Honoring the support and dedication of our President's Circle members

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For inquiries, please contact Jessica Lee with the Caltech Associates office at caltechassociates@caltech.edu or (626) 395-6392.

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This event is open to President's Circle members of the Caltech Associates. For more information and to learn how to join, please visit our website or contact the Associates office at (626) 395-3919

With a proud history of support dating back to 1926, the Caltech Associates are a vibrant organization of more than 2,000 members who are investors in discovery. Membership helps advance Caltech's most ambitious projects, including new treatments for disease, insights into nature, and technologies that could change the way people live their lives.

Caltech is changing the world. You can be part of it by joining the Caltech Associates and help shape tomorrow. Visit: www.associates.caltech.edu

National Geographic Live – Charlie Hamilton James, Wildlife Photojournalist

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
November 15, 2018
Beckman Auditorium

I Bought a Rainforest

Ever since his teenage job working on David Attenborough's landmark series 'Trials of Life,' wildlife documentarian Charlie Hamilton James has always felt at home in nature. But his spur-of-the-moment decision to purchase 100 acres of land adjacent to Peru's Manú National Park led to him running with a completely different set. As documented on the BBC show I Bought a Rainforest, Hamilton discovered an illegal cocaine plantation after he'd signed the deed, and the only way to save the ecosystem was with empathy for the illegal loggers. Hear his fascinating stories of working with these local characters and get a look at his recent work in Yellowstone National Park and beyond.

Stargazing Lecture

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
November 16, 2018
Cahill, Hameetman Auditorium

Planets come in a variety of sizes. Even in our own solar system, Jupiter is approximately ten times larger than the Earth, and Mercury is about three times smaller than the Earth. Why are some planets larger/smaller than others? I will discuss the physics that determines the final size of the planets and what it tells us about how such planets are born, both in solar and extrasolar systems.

About the Series

Stargazing Lectures are free lectures at a public level followed by guided stargazing with telescopes (weather permitting). All events are held at the Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics at Caltech. No reservations are needed. Lectures are 30 minutes; stargazing lasts 90 minutes. Stay only as long as you want.

Stargazing is only possible with clear skies, but the lecture, slideshow, and Q&A takes place regardless of weather.

For directions, weather updates, and more information, please visit: http://outreach.astro.caltech.edu.

Download the series flyer (PDF)