Portland Harper Lecture with Edward W. “Rocky” Kolb

Brave New Worlds

$20/person for general admission
$10/person for recent graduates (College alumni of the past ten years and graduate alumni of the past five years)
Two complimentary registrations for members of the Alumni Leadership, Chicago, Harper, and Phoenix Societies
Includes program and refreshments
2:00–2:30 p.m. Registration 
2:30–3:45 p.m. Presentation and discussion
3:45–4:30 p.m. Reception

Please note that Daylight Savings Time ends at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 2.

Online registration is now closed. Walk-in registration will be available at the event.


UChicago’s astronomers travel from Hyde Park to all continents of the world, as well as outer space, to explore the universe. In this lecture, Edward W. “Rocky” Kolb will describe the quest of UChicago astronomers to unlock the mysteries of the universe: dark matter, dark energy, and the possibility that we are not alone.

Edward W. Kolb (usually known as Rocky) is the dean of the Division of the Physical Sciences and the Arthur Holly Compton Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics and the College at the University of Chicago. He is the founding head of the Theoretical Astrophysics Group, the founding director of the Particle Astrophysics Center at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Physical Society, and the recipient of numerous teaching awards. Kolb’s book The Early Universe, coauthored with Michael Turner, is the standard textbook on particle physics and cosmology.


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