Wish You Were Here

Albert Einstein


Thursday, March 3, 2016
6:30 – 8 pm
Scheuer Auditorium

Participate in an unusual evening of discussion between Jens Hoffmann, Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Public Programs, and "Albert Einstein" portrayed by theoretical physicist Sylvester James Gates, Jr.. Gates is currently the 2015 – 2016 Roth Family Visiting Professor at Dartmouth College as well as University System Regents Professor and the John S. Toll Professor of Physics at the University of Maryland, College Park, the Director of the String and Particle Theory Center, Affiliate Professor of Mathematics. He serves on President Barack Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, and on the Maryland State Board of Education and is known for his work on supersymmetry, supergravity, and superstring theory.

Gates coauthored Superspace, the first comprehensive book on the topic of supersymmetry. He is a member of the board of trustees of Society for Science & the Public. Gates has been featured extensively on many NOVA PBS programs on physics, notably “The Elegant Universe” in 2003, and ‘‘The Fabric of the Cosmos’’ in 2011.  In 2006, he completed a DVD series titled Superstring Theory: The DNA of Reality for The Teaching Company composed of 24 half-hour lectures to make the complexities of unification theory comprehensible to non-physicists.  In 2012, he was named a University System of Maryland Regents Professor, only the sixth person to be so recognized since 1992.  He is past president of the National Society of Black Physicists, and is a NSBP Fellow, as well as a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Institute of Physics in the U.K.  He also is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. In 2013, he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, becoming the first African-American physicist so recognized in its 150-year history.

This program has been funded by a donation from Lorraine and Martin Beitler who gifted Andy Warhol's Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century to the Jewish Museum in 2006. 
This program is presented in conjunction with 92Y’s 7 Days of Genius.

Free with Pay-What-You-Wish Admission; Advance RSVP Required

Andy Warhol, Albert Einstein, from Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century, 1980, screenprint on paper. The Jewish Museum, New York. Gift of Lorraine and Martin Beitler.  © 2016 Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Inc / Artists Rights Society (ARS). Courtesy of Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York; Sylvester James Gates courtesy of the speaker.


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