FYI: Lawrence Krauss, Distinguished Lecture Series 

UPDATE:

How about we start by meeting up downstairs in Union South at the Prairie Fire bar/restaurant before 6? People can grab a bite to eat from any dining option there, and we can sit together there at Prairie Fire, as they've got nice open seating (and yes, it's okay to bring food from the other dining spots there to eat). 

If you don't want to eat with us, how about joining us at 6:30 at Prairie Fire, and we'll head upstairs as a group to get in line for the Krauss lecture. That way we will have found each other already and can sit together. If people want to hang out afterwards for a beer and conversation or something, that would be great. I've got a Union membership so I can buy pitcher or two to share. Apart from it being Darwin's and Lincoln's birthday, it's also your's truly. So yes, hope to see some of you. Robert

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The first speaker of the spring 2014 Wisconsin Union Directorate Distinguished Lecture Series will be award-winning physicist Lawrence Krauss.

No tickets are required for this event.
Krauss is a theoretical physicist and director of the Origins Project at Arizona State University. He is the only physicist to have received major awards from all three US physics societies, the American Physical Society, the American Institute of Physics and the American Association of Physics Teachers.

Krauss is also the author of several bestselling books, including "The Physics of Star Trek," and frequently contributes to newspapers including the New York Times and Wall Street Journal.

This free lecture is intended for UW-Madison students, faculty, staff and Union members and guests.

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  • Deborah Katz H.

    It was great! I can't stop thinking about what Krause said (not that I understood a lot that he said).

    I want people to know about an upcoming lecture. Also, members (and others) might be interested in a talk Larry Shapiro, professor in the UW-Madison philosophy department, is giving on March 12 at 7 p.m. In Grainger Hall. The title of his talk is, “Why Belief in Miracles is Unjustified.” The talk is free and open to the public. I've heard Larry speak and I think he's great. He avoids philosophical jargon.

    For more information about Dr. Shapiro, go to:

    http://news.ls.wisc.edu/humanities-the-arts/philosophy-professor-tackles-god-and-science-in-public-course/

    I'd be very happy to put up posters.

    1 · February 14, 2014

    • Robert G.

      Let's get this one on the agenda, thank you.

      February 14, 2014

  • Reese

    I wasn't feeling well so that I could go and thought I had changed my RSVP. Unfortunately I was incorrect and I apologize for any inconvenience this caused.

    February 13, 2014

  • Toni M.

    I'm sooo sorry, but between a few things I had to do, I won't be able to attend! I hope you all enjoy the presentation and have fun afterwards!

    February 12, 2014

  • Robert G.

    Hope everyone saw the update I posted the other day:
    How about we start by meeting up downstairs in Union South at the Prairie Fire bar/restaurant before 6? People can grab a bite to eat from any dining option there, and we can sit together there at Prairie Fire, as they've got nice open seating (and yes, it's okay to bring food from the other dining spots there to eat). If you don't want to eat with us, how about joining us at 6:30 at Prairie Fire, and we'll head upstairs as a group to get in line for the Krauss lecture. That way we will have found each other already and can sit together. If people want to hang out afterwards for a beer and conversation or something, that would be great. I've got a Union membership so I can buy pitcher or two to share. Apart from it being Darwin's and Lincoln's birthday, it's also your's truly. So yes, hope to see some of you. Robert

    February 10, 2014

    • Ingrid

      Good question, Fiona. I'm guessing we'll be lining up on the second floor between 6:30-7:00. I'll have a couple of signs available that read "MADISON SKEPTICS" and at the risk of looking a little funny, will plan on having them visible in some manner when we're in line (if there *is* a line).

      If you don't find us before we go in, let's just meet in The Sett (http://www.union.wisc...­) after the lecture where we'll have some beers or whatever (I have a Union card for those who don't).

      February 12, 2014

    • Fiona

      Thanks, Ingrid.

      February 12, 2014

  • Joe L.

    Sounds good. I hope to be there by 7 at the latest. I will look for you.

    February 12, 2014

  • David D

    I just joined the group and am very disappointed that I will miss Dr. Krauss. Hope to make the next event!

    February 11, 2014

    • Ingrid

      Honestly, I don't know how popular this lecture is going to be. Personally, I thought it was going to be one of those that was going to be extremely well attended, but the distinguished lecture series people I contacted to ask about that didn't express any concern. So, I can only say come on down, and hopefully there will still be seats left! (Varsity Hall can seat upwards of 1,000, if I remember correctly,)

      February 12, 2014

    • David D

      Thanks Ingrid, I will be there and hope for the best. Is there anything after the lecture the group will be doing?

      February 12, 2014

  • Amy N.

    I'm hoping to make it back by the time it starts but I have a work commitment and I am not sure how long it will take. Are you meeting up afterwards in case I don't find you at the lecture.

    February 12, 2014

  • Jackie W.

    Hi, Reese,
    I really appreciate your offer of a ride and I was planning to go but I woke up this morning feeling awful. I probably won't be over whatever it is by tomorrow so I don't want to push myself .and I don't want to expose everybody else to whatever it is in case it's contagious. I'll give you a call, but I wanted to tell you here too, just in case you don't get the phone message in time. Maybe we can plan on next time, if we're both going to that one.

    February 11, 2014

    • Reese

      I certainly understand, Jackie, as one who has to deal with an on-going chronic illness at this time. Just a suggestion: the lecture is tomorrow so why not wait until Wednesday before making a final decision not to go? You can always re-sign up to go, you might feel much better tomorrow. We can call each other Wednesday for an update on how you feel. Just a suggestion, hope you can make it, Jackie! Feel better, take good care!

      February 11, 2014

    • Ingrid

      Hi, Jackie and Reese! Jackie, I hope you're feeling better, and Reese, thank you so much for offering Jackie a lift if she feels up to it. (Very nice to know there are people willing to step up to provide transportation.) I hope we'll see both or at least one of you this evening...

      February 12, 2014

  • Deborah Katz H.

    Barring the weather -- I'll be there. Sounds very interesting.

    1 · February 10, 2014

  • Ingrid

    For this part of campus, Lot 20 is usually my preferred place to park:
    http://www.transportation.wisc.edu/parking/lotinfo_occupancy.aspx

    February 9, 2014

  • sparks

    Can one come as a 'drop in', or do you have to RSVP before attending?

    February 9, 2014

    • Ingrid

      Hi, Sparks! You don't need to RSVP, but we can keep an eye out for newcomers better if we know to expect them. Some of us will be gathering for a bite to eat in the Prairie Fire restaurant/bar area on first floor around 6:00 before heading upstairs for the talk between 6:30-7:00. (We want to make sure we get in line reasonably early, as this lecture could be a popular one!) Hope we might see you there! :)

      February 9, 2014

  • Toni M.

    hello, I'll love to attend this lecture but I'm not an alumnus, can please assist as someone's guest?

    Cheers,

    Toni

    February 7, 2014

    • Joe L.

      Superb.

      February 7, 2014

    • Reese

      Thanks much, Ingrid! Holding off signing up until Monday/Tuesday when I can be more sure about attending. Hope that won't be too late to sign up but I hate doing so and then later maybe having to cancel.

      1 · February 7, 2014

  • Jackie W.

    I'd love to come but as usual I'll need a ride at this time of year. I live on the west dide near Macy's. Could anyone help me? Thanks.

    February 7, 2014

    • Reese

      Hi there Jackie! I may be able to help you out. Will send you a message via meet-up "e-mail." Haven't been able to make events for awhile, really hope to get to this one and, if can, would be more than happy to assist. Will contact you tomorrow (Saturday, 2-8). Take care!

      February 7, 2014

  • Joe L.

    Hi. I am geeked about this. My Union membership may have lapsed. Can someone "guest" me in? I am surprised it is not ticketed, given Krauss' popularity.

    February 6, 2014

    • Joe L.

      I too am alum, but my Union membership may have expired. Maybe you can "guest" me in?

      February 7, 2014

    • Ingrid

      To my knowledge, the lectures are definitely always open to the public, and one doesn't need to have a Union membership or be an alum to attend. The only exception in the past has been when a speakers was going to be so popular that they allow students access to "tickets" first. Apparently, this is not one of those situations. So, I don't actually need to "guest" anyone in. We'll arrange for a meeting location prior to the lecture so that we can go in together. Stay tuned!

      2 · February 7, 2014

  • Richard S. R.

    Alas, Southern Wisconsin Apple Group meets at the very same time. I've read a couple of Krauss's books and heard him speak on video, and he's very much worth seeing. I hope a lot of people turn out for him, but I regrettably will not be among them.

    February 6, 2014

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