Events

March

Caltech Associates Luncheon: Ali Hajimiri

11:00 am - 1:00 pm
March 28, 2017
Athenaeum

11:00 a.m. Reception
11:45 a.m. Luncheon and program

Ali Hajimiri, Caltech's Bren Professor of Electrical Engineering and Medical Engineering and Executive Officer for Electrical Engineering, will share Caltech's advances in integrated circuits, imaging, and sensors and their impact on health, information technology, and transportation, at this luncheon in partnership with the Office of Gift Planning.

For inquiries, please contact Ruby Rico 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. 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:https://www.associates.caltech.edu

 

 

 

 

Stargazing Lecture

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
March 31, 2017
Cahill, Hameetman Auditorium

Have you ever wondered how the Sun makes all that light? Or why that light is yellowish-white, while other stars in the night sky can look blue or red? Does the thought of our Sun exploding keep you up at night? Find out the answers to your burning questions about our Sun and other stars—how they're born, how they produce light, how they differ from one another in color, size, brightness, and age, and what happens when they “die.” Your view of the night sky will never be the same.

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)

 

April

Pavel Haas Quartet

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
April 2, 2017
Beckman Auditorium

Named for the Czech composer, the Pavel Haas Quartet returns to Coleman to take us to Prague, where in 1878 Smetana's Quartet No. 1 was given a private premiere with Antonin Dvoˇrák as violist. The Quartet's recent recording of this work is one of three nominated in the chamber category for the 2016 BBC Music Magazine Awards.

The Quartet's previous recording (Schubert's “Death and the Maiden” and the String Quintet), was named Best Chamber Music Record at the 2014 Gramophone Awards. Gramophone commented: “They represent the best qualities of the Czech tradition—warmth, sonorousness, individuality, intensity; but what's striking here is their fearless risk-taking, their fervency and the absolute confidence with which they propel you through these two masterpieces.”

Program Information: Visit the Coleman Chamber Music Association website

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Please Note: 2016-2017 series tickets are on sale now. Tickets for individual concerts go on sale on September 1, 2016.

Caltech Playreaders 66th Season: “The Cassilis Engagement” by St. John Hankin

7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
April 4, 2017
Athenaeum, Hall of Associates

Directed by Lynne McGrath

In a 1907 comedy of British upper-crust manners, combining the wit of Oscar Wilde and the social satire of Bernard Shaw, an aristocratic widow’s only son is bent on making a marital misalliance. His beloved is admittedly working class, albeit with a finishing school education, and in due course the young woman and her uneducated, ambitious mother are invited to the family estate. The visit has unpredictable and highly entertaining results. St. John Hankin did not like conventional endings, so instead begins the play’s action where most such works end, with the couple’s engagement.  Ah, but where does it go from there?

Originally produced by The Stage Society and opening at London’s Imperial Theatre on February 10, 1907, St.John Hanken’s The Cassilis Engagement is an Edwardian comedy, very much in the style of Oscar Wilde (wit) and George Bernard Shaw (social satire). Hanken was writing in a period when he and contemporaries Harley Granville-Barker and John Galsworthy were trying to create plays that had some substance, often taking a critical look at the society and politics of their time. No surprise then that many of the play’s apparently stock characters have more to them than appears on the surface, secrets and hidden depths. Hanken's early death was described as “a public calamity” by Shaw, and the loss of the talent evidenced in this play was sincerely mourned by the English theatre world.

Admission is $3.00 for members of the Caltech Women's Club; $4.00 for all others. Light refreshments will be served after the reading.

To dine at the Athenaeum beforehand, call (626) 395-8204 for reservations. Plan to be seated by 5:30. You are welcome to join the Playreaders table.

Humanities Public Lecture: Lynda Nead “Dickens Noir”

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
April 13, 2017
Baxter B125

Lynda Nead
Pevsner Professor of History of Art, Birkbeck College, University of London
Moore Distinguished Scholar, Caltech

Talk title: Dickens Noir

Please check later for additional details on this public lecture.

Caltech Chamber Singers

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
April 15, 2017
Dabney Hall, Lounge

Nancy Sulahian, Music Director
William Schmidt, Accompanist

Music will include:

  • English madrigals by Morley, Farmer and Bennet
  • Selections from Byrd Mass for Five Voices
  • Quartets by Rossini
  • German part songs by Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms
  • Folksong arrangements and solos

The concert is free, with no tickets or reservations required.

For further information, please call the Caltech Office for Performing and Visual Arts at (626) 395-3295.

Adam Wierman – How Clean is the Cloud?

8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
April 19, 2017
Beckman Auditorium

Computing “in the cloud” may seem like something ephemeral, but the cloud actually has a physical presence in the form of data centers filled with thousands of servers. The power infrastructure needed to run these servers is enormous. In fact, at this point in time, data centers lead to more carbon emissions than the airline industry, but it need not be this way, says Adam Wierman.

Wierman will describe ongoing research at Caltech aimed at building a sustainable computing infrastructure—one where data centers are powered by renewable energy and even serve as virtual energy-storage facilities for more broadly integrating renewable energy into the electrical grid.

Adam Wierman is Professor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, Executive Officer for Computing and Mathematical Sciences, and Associate Director, Information Science and Technology at Caltech.

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

Reserved section tickets are available to members of the Friends of Beckman Auditorium and the Caltech Associates.

Presented by: Caltech Committee on Institute Programs

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Associates Panel: The Future of Driverless Cars

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
April 19, 2017
Athenaeum

Due to success in Northern California, we are taking this event on the road and bringing it to campus!

Cruise control will gain new meaning as more than 20 million autonomous vehicles are forecasted to be on the road over the next 20 years. Join us as a diverse panel of experts, representing technological, business, and societal viewpoints, discuss what the future holds for driverless cars, and how it will impact our lives.

More details to follow.

For inquiries, please contact Ruby Rico 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. 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:https://www.associates.caltech.edu

 

Dover Quartet

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
April 23, 2017
Beckman Auditorium

Our musical tour concludes with a visit to Shostakovich's Russia and a return to Beethoven's incomparable late quartets—three of which, including Op. 132, were commissioned by Prince Nikolai Galitzin in St. Petersburg. He agreed to Beethoven's requested fee of 50 ducats each… the last two finally paid to Beethoven's heirs in 1852.

The Dover Quartet won not only the Grand Prize but all three Special Prizes at the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition. The Quartet also won top prizes at the Fischoff Competition and the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition, and in 2013 became the Curtis Institute of Music's inaugural quartet-in-residence. The Chicago Tribune wrote that “the Dover Quartet players have it in them to become the next Guarneri String Quartet—they're that good.”

Program Information: Visit the Coleman Chamber Music Association website

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Please Note: 2016-2017 series tickets are on sale now. Tickets for individual concerts go on sale on September 1, 2016.

Caltech Symphony

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
April 23, 2017
Ramo Auditorium

Allen Gross, Conductor

The program for this concert has not yet been announced.

This concert is free and open to the public, with no tickets or reservations required. Parking is also free.

Art + Tech Panel: Computational Literature

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
April 24, 2017
Gates-Thomas 135

This series features conversations between artists and scholars on themes related to art, science, and technology. Participants include contemporary artists and scholars from different fields, from the humanities to science and technology, who deal with similar concepts through different means. At each event, the panelists give brief presentations on their own work and participate in a facilitated discussion on the evening's theme. The panels are organized to coincide with ongoing discussions in Caltech undergraduate classes and are intended to be of general interest to Caltech faculty, students, and the community at large.

For more information on the panelists, please visit their websites:

  • Nick Montfort, Professor of Digital Media, MIT
  • Xtine Burrough, Artist, Associate Professor in the School of Arts, Technology and Emerging Communication, UT Dallas
  • Brian Kim Stefans, Poet, Associate Professor of Literature, UCLA 
  • Moderator: Eran Hadas, Poet, Caltech Visiting Faculty

The Art + Tech: Computational Literature panel will begin with presentations by each speaker followed by discussion.

The Art + Tech Speaker Series is made possible through the support of the James Michelin Distinguished Visitors program established in 1992 to bring to Caltech “notable, innovative thinkers who will be able to spark the imagination of faculty and students alike and stimulate thought and discussion on a wide range issues,” with special emphasis on the “creative interaction between science and the arts.”

2017 Take Our Children to Work Day

9:00 am - 3:00 pm
April 27, 2017

Details coming soon…

3MT: Three Minute Thesis Competition

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
April 27, 2017
Ramo Auditorium

Caltech Library is hosting its second annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition on April 27, 2017.

Created by the University of Queensland, the contest challenges final year PhD students to explain their research in an engaging and clear 3-minute talk, intended for a non-specialist audience.

A reception will follow.

For details—including finalists and prize amounts—please visit http://3mt.library.caltech.edu/.

Campus Architectural Tour

10:30 am - 12:30 pm
April 27, 2017
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.

CHHC Workshop | Violence + Art: Reflections on the Premodern

10:00 am - 5:00 pm
April 28, 2017
Dabney Hall 110 (Treasure Room)

Speakers
Heather Badamo (UC Santa Barbara, Art History)
Susanna Throop (Ursinus College, History)
Matthew Sergi (University of Toronto, English)

Click the workshop website link below to view the full schedule.

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About the CHHC Program
The Caltech-Huntington Humanities Collaborations (“CHHC”) program is organized around an ongoing series of two-year interdisciplinary research modules, developed and coordinated by a small group of Caltech faculty members and Huntington residential research fellows. The 2016–2018 CHHC module, titled “Violence and Order Past and Present,” studies the various roles that violence has played in political and social order, as well as the possible norms and cultural attitudes that have governed its use. Learn more at chhc.caltech.edu.

17th Annual Caltech Jazz Festival

1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
April 29, 2017
Gates Annex Patio

The Caltech Jazz Band presents its 17th Annual Jazz Festival.

The event will feature The Caltech Jazz Band, directed by Barb Catlin, and guest artists to be announced.

There will be food and snacks available for sale. Limited seating is available and the audience is welcome to bring a lawn chair or blanket, and food and beverages.

Admission is free and no tickets are required. Some seating will be provided and audience members are welcome to bring food and blankets for a picnic on the lawn. Some snacks will also be available.

For further information, please call Caltech Performing and Visual Arts at (626) 395-3295 or visit the Caltech Jazz Bands online at bands.caltech.edu.

May

Caltech Playreaders 66th Season: “A View from the Bridge” by Arthur Miller

7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
May 2, 2017
Athenaeum, Hall of Associates

Directed by John Davidson
Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

Pulitzer-winning playwright Arthur Miller illumines the exalted notion that classic tragedy and the modern, common man can coexist. In A View from the Bridge Eddie is a self-imploding Brooklyn longshoreman, a combustible presence in an uneasy ménage with his wife Beatrice, who he loves too little, and his 17-year-old niece Catherine, who he possessively adores. What has remained unspoken among the three becomes destructively obvious after the arrival of Beatrice’s Sicilian nephews, illegal immigrants. Narrated by the lawyer/Greek chorus Alfieri, this slow burning cauldron of family love and hate inevitably bursts into white-hot flame.

Arthur Miller’s works include such classics as The Crucible, A View from the Bridge, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Death of a Salesman.

Admission is $3.00 for members of the Caltech Women's Club; $4.00 for all others. Light refreshments will be served after the reading.

To dine at the Athenaeum beforehand, call (626) 395-8204 for reservations. Plan to be seated by 5:30. You are welcome to join the Playreaders table.

Stargazing Lecture

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
May 5, 2017
Cahill, Hameetman Auditorium

The formation of galaxies like our own Milky Way is complex, involving gravity, dark matter, hydrogen gas, star formation, and stellar explosions. Theoretical astrophysics is now in an exciting era, as we are able understand this complex formation process by simulating galaxies using the world's most powerful supercomputers. I will describe exciting new theoretical advances in how galaxies like our Milky Way form within the cosmic web of the Universe. 

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)

 

The Capitol Steps

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
May 6, 2017
Beckman Auditorium

The Capitol Steps began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them.

The group was born in December, 1981 when some staffers for Senator Charles Percy were planning entertainment for a Christmas party. Their first idea was to stage a nativity play, but in the whole Congress they couldn't find three wise men or a virgin. So, they decided to dig into the headlines of the day, and they created song parodies & skits, which conveyed a special brand of satirical humor.

In the years that followed, many of the Steps ignored the conventional wisdom (“Don't quit your day job!”), and although not all of the current members of the Steps are former Capitol Hill staffers, taken together the performers have worked in a total of 18 Congressional offices and represent 62 years of collective House and Senate staff experience.

Since they began, the Capitol Steps have recorded over 30 albums, including their latest, Mock the Vote. They've been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC and PBS, and can be heard twice a year on National Public Radio stations nationwide during their Politics Takes a Holiday radio specials.

“The best musical satire on Washington I've ever seen!”
—The Washington TImes

Learn More: www.capsteps.com

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Presented by: Caltech Committee on Institute Programs

James Michelin Distinguished Visitors Program: Louisa Thomas Reading

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
May 9, 2017
Dabney Hall, Lounge

“The Extraordinary Journeys of Louisa Catherine Adams”

Louisa Thomas is the author of Louisa: The Extraordinary Life of Mrs. Adams and Conscience: Two Soldiers, Two Pacifists, One Family–A Test of Will and Faith in World War I. She is a contributor to The New Yorker's website, a former senior editor and writer at Grantland, and a former Fellow at the New America Foundation. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Vogue, New York Magazine, and other places. 

In this lecture, Thomas will talk about the journeys of Louisa Catherine Adams, First Lady to John Quincy Adams—her journey across Europe during the Napoleonic wars, her journey to the United States, and the journey of her mind.

This event is free and open to the public.

William & Myrtle Harris Distinguished Lectureship in Science and Civilization

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
May 18, 2017
Baxter Lecture Hall

This Harris Lecture will feature a special screening of the film Containment with an introduction and Q&A to follow with the creators, Peter Galison, Joseph Pellegrino University Professor, Harvard University, and Robb Moss, Chair, Department of Visual and Environmental Studies, Harvard University.

Can we contain some of the deadliest, most long-lasting substances ever produced?
Left over from the Cold War are a hundred million gallons of radioactive sludge, covering vast radioactive lands. Governments around the world, desperate to protect future generations, have begun imagining society 10,000 years from now in order to create monuments that will speak across time. Part observational essay filmed in weapons plants, Fukushima and deep underground — and part graphic novel — Containment weaves between an uneasy present and an imaginative, troubled far future, exploring the idea that over millennia, nothing stays put.

To learn more about the Harris Lectureship series, please visit: hss.caltech.edu/content/harris-lecture

Is the Classroom Lecture Becoming Extinct or Simply Evolving? — Talk & Discussion by Dr. Catherine Drennan, MIT.

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
May 25, 2017
Noyes 153 (J. Holmes Sturdivant Lecture Hall)

The Center for Teaching, Learning, & Outreach and the Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering are excited to welcome Dr. Cathy Drennan, Professor and Investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and a Professor of Chemistry and Biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Please join us on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at noon, lunch provided.

  • What is the future of the college classroom?
  • Will students watch taped lectures from their dorm room?
  • Will residential campuses even exist in the future?

Professor Drennan has created resources and assessed the large classroom lecture at MIT for the past decade. Her findings suggest many of the drawbacks of the big lecture can be addressed through small innovations.  In this talk, data will presented that shows the big classroom lecture format retains value in this online world; that the traditional lecture can be evolved to create a positive learning environment for a diverse group of students.

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About Cathy Drennan:

CATHERINE L. DRENNAN is a Professor and Investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and a Professor of Chemistry and Biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She was a postdoc at Caltech with Professor Douglas C. Rees. The Drennan laboratory has specialized in tackling and solving challenging problems in structural biology. In total, Drennan is an author on over 100 Protein Data Bank submissions and over 120 papers. Cathy has been recognized with both teaching and research awards, including: the Everett Moore Baker Memorial Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching; the Harold E. Edgerton Faculty Achievement Award; the Dean's Educational and Student Advising Award; an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship; ASBMB-Schering-Plough Research Institute Scientific Achievement Award; a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE); and serving as a Searle Scholar and a MacVicar Faculty Fellow.

ctlo@caltech.edu at 626-395-8427

June

Associates Travel Program: Griffith Observatory Tour

12:00 am
June 19, 2017
Off Campus

George Djorgovski, professor of astronomy and director of the Center for Data-Driven Discovery, will guide guests through the observatory and The Big Picture exhibit—the largest astronomical image in the world.

Formal invitation and tour details to follow.

For inquiries, please contact Ruby Rico 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. 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:https://www.associates.caltech.edu