September-October Highlights

September 22, 2005
Vol. 25 No. 1

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    September-October Highlights

    Jiri Daschitzsky "Comet of 1577"

    The John Crerar Library
    "They Saw Stars: Art and Astronomy." Highlights from the Library's Collections

    June 22-Oct. 1, 2005
    8:30-5:00 p.m. Monday to Saturday
    In the Atrium of the John Crerar Library
    5730 S. Ellis Ave. 773-702-8717

    For centuries humankind has looked to the heavens for inspiration and insight. The natural fascination with celestial bodies has resulted in everything from art inspired by the beauty of the stars to the study of astronomy. This John Crerar Library exhibit highlights works of art and literature influenced by astronomy - either through scientific study, a fascination with the night sky, or as an inspiration for the literary imagination. Both contemporary and historical works are included.

    The Chicago Review, Summer 1958 "Zen" issue

    Special Collections Research Center
    "From Poetry to Verse: The Making of Modern Poetry"

    Sept. 16-Feb. 12, 2006
    Special Collections Research Center, Main Gallery
    University of Chicago Library
    1100 E. 57th St. 702-8705

    The preservation of the record of modern poetry has a long tradition at the University of Chicago. Ever since the bequest of her personal papers and the editorial files of Poetry: A Magazine of Verse by Harriet Monroe in 1931, the University of Chicago has taken on a leadership role in documenting the publishing of modern poetry. Focusing on the editorial files and correspondence of poetry journals, this exhibition documents the process of brining new poetry to the public in all its various formats. By tracing the stages of individual poems and poetry collections alike, from their first drafts to their final published versions, and by illustrating the many physical formats through which poetry has been disseminated, the show attempts to capture the full spectrum of poetry publishing. Drawing upon the archives of Poetry, Chicago Review, Big Table, Vers, LVNG, and the papers of The Poetry Center of Chicago, the exhibit tracks the evolution and changing character of poetry from 1912 to the present.

    Four false-color maps of intensity variations in the cosmic microwave background

    The Arthur H. Compton Lectures
    "Challenges to Seeing the Invisible: Foregrounds and Backgrouns in the Scientific Exploration of the Universe"

    11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1
    Kersten Physics Teaching Center
    5720 S. Ellis Ave. Room 106, 702-7823

    Learn how scientists have developed a variety of methods and devices to help them overcome the limits of their senses, allowing them to experience the invisible and untouchable features of the universe in a series of eight free, public lectures at the University beginning Saturday, Oct. 1.

    Delivering the lectures will be Dorothea Samtleben, a Research Associate of the Enrico Fermi Institute and a Fellow of the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics. Her lectures will explain some of the advanced techniques used for studying the universe, and illustrate how discoveries on the smallest scales impact the scientific understanding of the largest scales, and vice versa.

    The talks are the 62nd series of the Arthur Holly Compton Lectures, sponsored each autumn and spring by the University's Enrico Fermi Institute. The lectures are intended to make science accessible to a general audience and to convey the excitement of new discoveries in the physical sciences. Previous topics have ranged from the smallest fundamental particles to the history of the universe.