WBEZ | School of the Art Institute of Chicago - MacLean Ballroom http://www.wbez.org/content/school-art-institute-chicago-maclean-ballroom Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Exploring the Universe from the Bottom of the World http://www.wbez.org/exploring-universe-bottom-world-101639 <p><p>Our quest to understand the origin, evolution, and make-up of the universe has undergone dramatic and surprising advances over the last decades. Much of the progress has been driven by measurements of cosmic microwave background radiation, the fossil light from the big bang, that provide a glimpse of the universe as it was 14 billion years ago. By studying tiny variations in the background radiation, cosmologists have been able to test theories of the origin and evolution of the universe, as well as determine that ordinary matter (the stuff that makes up stars and humans alike) accounts for a mere 4% of the density of the universe, that dark matter accounts for six times that amount, and that still-elusive and poorly understood &ldquo;dark energy&rdquo; is required to make up the remaining 70% of the universe. After reviewing how we have arrived at such startling conclusions, this talk will focus on new measurements being carried out with the 10-meter South Pole Telescope to test theories of the origin of the universe and to investigate the nature of mysterious dark energy.</p></p> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 15:49:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/exploring-universe-bottom-world-101639 Every Person Is a Philosopher 2012 http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-06-07/every-person-philosopher-2012 <p><p>Every Person Is a Philosopher is a celebration and fundraiser supporting the Neighborhood Writing Alliance’s efforts to provoke dialogue, build community, and promote change by creating opportunities for adults to write, publish, and perform works about their lives. The evening will feature readings by three of our own Journal of Ordinary Thought writers and a conversation between <strong>Dolen Perkins-Valdez</strong>, author of the <em>New York Times</em> bestseller <em>Wench</em>, and <strong>Michelle M. Wright</strong>, associate professor of Black European and African Diaspora Studies at Northwestern University. NWA Board Member <strong>Natalie Moore</strong>, reporter for WBEZ, will once again serve as the chair of the event, which will include a silent auction in addition to mingling, hors d' oeuvres, and our signature Ink Martinis. Every Person Is a Philosopher will elevate the visibility of the Neighborhood Writing Alliance and generate funds to directly support our 400 programs each year.</p></p> Wed, 21 Mar 2012 19:49:03 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-06-07/every-person-philosopher-2012 From Big Bang to Biospheres http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-04-11/big-bang-biospheres <p><p>Join WBEZ's Gabriel Spitzer as he moderates an evening of intriguing conversation with Martin Rees - a Master of Trinity College, Cambridge.</p><p>Astronomers have made astonishing progress in probing our cosmic environment, thanks to advanced technology. We can trace cosmic history back to some mysterious "beginning" nearly 14 billion years ago.&nbsp;And we&nbsp;understand in outline the emergence of atoms, galaxies, stars and planets and how, on at least one planet, life developed a complex biosphere of which we are part. But these advances pose new questions: What does the long-range future hold? How widespread is life in our cosmos? Should we be surprised that the physical laws permitted the emergence of complexity? Is physical reality even more extensive than the domain that our telescopes can probe? This illustrated lecture will address (but not answer!) such questions.</p><p><strong>Martin Rees</strong> is Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, and holds the honorary title of Astronomer Royal. He was once Director of the Institute of Astronomy at Cambridge and has lectured widely in the US, Europe and the Far East. His research interests include cosmology, galaxy formation, black holes, and "high energy" phenomena in the universe. In addition to his research publications, he is the author of eight books and numerous articles on scientific and general subjects. He is a foreign associate of the US National Academy of Sciences, the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Pontifical Academy, and several other foreign academies. He is a member of the UK's House of Lords and recently completed a five-year term as President of the Royal Society (the UK's national science academy).</p><p>No pre-registration, space limited. Doors open 5:30 PM. <a href="http://cfcpwork.uchicago.edu/kicp-projects/brinson/2011/">Click here</a> for more information.</p></p> Fri, 25 Mar 2011 13:45:41 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-04-11/big-bang-biospheres