March 15, 2001
Vol. 20 No. 12

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    March Highlights

  • A 1-meter telescope, used to get an unobstructed view of the sky, sits atop the balloon being used in the TopHat experiment in Antarctica. The data collected from the TopHat experiment will be used to study the origin and evolution of the universe.
    Graham School of General Studies
    “21st Century Science” lecture
    7:30-9 p.m. Monday. March 19
    6th floor of the Gleacher Center, 450 N. Cityfront Plaza Drive.
    $60 for the three-lecture series, $25 for individual lectures.
    For registration call, (800) 997-9689.
    The newest advances in medicine and aging, the next generation of computers and recent discoveries about the origin of the universe will highlight a series of public lectures on “21st Century Science.” Sean Carroll, Assistant Professor in Physics, will lead off the series on Monday, March 19. Carroll will explain how astronomers have detected the remnant radiation from the big bang that began the universe and the subtle ripples in space that led to the formation of the first galaxies.

  • Oriental Institute
    Persian New Year Celebration
    6 p.m. Wednesday, March 28
    Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th St. 702-9507. Free.

  • The Persian New Year, known as Naw Rouz or “new day,” incorporates many customs from pre-Islamic times and is celebrated among the Kurds, Iranians and other people throughout central Asia. The Oriental Institute will celebrate the Persian New Year with the premiere of Children of the Sun, a new film by Mansooreh Saboori, which explores the ancient history of central Iran. Other activities include a poetry reading and a tour of the Persian Gallery.

  • University Motet Choir
    University Motet Choir
    8 p.m. Saturday, March 31
    Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave. 702-7300. $6 general, $4 students.
    Following the choir’s spring tour of the East Coast, Randi Von Ellefson, Director of Choral Activities, will conduct the University Motet Choir in a home concert of the a capella music they performed while on tour. The program will include motets from the Renaissance to the present, movements from a Palestrina mass, a selection of music from the Jewish tradition and music of Great Britain.