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Department of Physics and Astronomy


Public Lecture Series

This lecture series began in Fall 2016, and is sponsored by the USC Provost and the Vice President for Research.  Each speaker in this series will give an open colloquium, presented at a level approachable by any interested undergraduate students.  

In addition, each distinguished guest will give a public lecture on the USC campus.  These public lectures are designed to engage the broader community of Columbia and South Carolina, and will touch on exciting topics at the forefront of physics and astronomy.  These talks are meant to be accessible to a broad public audience, including not only the USC students, faculty and staff, but also high school students, alumni, friends and neighbors of the University.

All events are free of charge and everyone is invited!

Public Lecture with Nobel laureate Dr. Barry Barish

“Einstein, Black Holes, and Gravitational Waves”

Thursday, February 8, 2018  at  7:00pm
W.W. Hootie Johnson Performance Hall
Darla Moore School of Business (Room #101)

Dr. Barry Barish is the Linde Professor of Physics and Emeritus Director of the LIGO Observatory at the California Institute of Technology as well as a leading expert on gravitational waves. He has been elected as a member to numerous prestigious scientific organizations such as the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Barish also serves as a Fellow of both the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 2017, he was named a co-winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics for his leadership and contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves.

This public lecture will take place on Thursday, February 8 at the W.W. Hootie Johnson Performance Hall in the Darla Moore School of Business (Room #101) at 7:00 pm. The title of his talk will be, "Einstein, Black Holes, and Gravitational Waves.” The content will be presented at a level accessible to a broad general audience.

This lecture is free of charge and all are welcome to attend! No reservations are required, but seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. We hope to see you there!

Barry Barish Public Lecture Announcement [pdf]

Barry Barish Lecture Parking Map [pdf]



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