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An Evening with Neil deGrasse Tyson - Presented by TUCP

Tulane University Campus Programs is proud to present a lecture by award-winning astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson!

Neil deGrasse Tyson, a renowned astrophysicist, who earned his BA in Physics from Harvard and his PhD in Astrophysics from Columbia, conducts research in such areas as star formation, exploding stars, dwarf galaxies, and the structure of our Milky Way.

In addition to dozens of professional publications, Dr. Tyson has written, and continues to write for the public. From 1995 to 2005, Tyson was a monthly essayist for Natural History magazine under the title "Universe." To date, Tyson has published ten books, including his memoir, The Sky is Not the Limit: Adventures of an Urban Astrophysicist.

Tyson is the recipient of eighteen honorary doctorates and the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, the highest award given by NASA to a non-government citizen. His contributions to the public appreciation of the cosmos have been recognized by the International Astronomical Union in their official naming of asteroid 13123 Tyson. On the lighter side, Tyson was voted Sexiest Astrophysicist Alive by People Magazine in 2000.

Currently, Tyson is working on a 21st century reboot of Carl Sagan's landmark television series COSMOS, currently airing Sunday nights on FOX.

This event is free and open to the public.

The venue is of medium size, so the possibility of filling to capacity exists. It is advisable to arrive early in order to be able to park, walk to the auditorium, and get a seat. 

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Finding McAlister Auditorium: McAlister Auditorium is near the middle of campus, within a square bordered by Willow Street, Audubon Boulevard / Newcomb Place, Freret Street, and Calhoun Street.

The auditorium is located near the Lavin-Bernick Student Center (usually called “the LBC”). Most people on campus should be able to point you toward the LBC and/or McAlister Auditorium.

If you park along St. Charles Avenue, you’ll have to walk through the front-most quad to Freret Street, cross Freret Street, and enter the main section of campus. 

On the following map, McAlister Auditorium is building #43, near the yellow circle containing the letter “G”, on the Calhoun Street side of campus. Note that on this map, “up” is West.

Parking for the event: Free parking is usually available on campus-adjacent streets. Some sections have no time limits, but many have a sign specifying a 2-hour parking limit. Many of these state that the 2-hour time limit ends at 7PM, so you should have no trouble if you park there after 5PM (pay attention to the details on the sign).

 It is usually possible to find street-parking along the following:
• St. Charles Avenue, between Walnut Street and Calhoun Street.
• Walnut Street, between St. Charles Avenue and Hurst Street.
• Freret Street, between Broadway and Hillary.

Parking within Tulane’s uptown (main) campus is very limited and will fill up quite early for this event. If you’re feeling lucky and want to try to park on campus, enter from Willow Street onto Audubon Blvd / Newcomb Place and drive around looking for an empty spot.

 Keep in mind the following:
• Parking on campus requires a Tulane Parking sticker until 5:30 PM. Don’t even try before that time.
• Don’t park in metered spaces, because you are likely to overstay the time limit and could be ticketed , booted, or towed.
• Don’t park in any space marked “reserved,” as you could be ticketed, booted, or towed.

Many, many thanks for Jim Dugan's detailed info on campus access and parking!

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  • Charlotte

    It was a big night for everyone who believes in a world based on reality and scientific discovery!

    2 · April 16, 2014

    • Bohdan M.

      It was great! I overflowed into the overflow room, but I wasn't going to give up and go home after getting there in the storm!

      1 · April 16, 2014

  • Robert C.

    Standing in a thunderstorm for almost two hours wasn't fun but it was worth the effort to get into see the great Neil deGrasse Tyson speak. Tyson didn't disappoint as he shared his excitement of using science to explore our universe. I would have liked to have sat a bit closer but at least I was in the building and didn't get sent to overflow or turned away. A very enjoyable experience.

    3 · April 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I squeezed into the overflow room and watched it sitting on the floor. Did anyone make it into the auditorium? Really great talk and glad I decided to brave the rain and the line stretching around the block.

    2 · April 15, 2014

  • Michael Cody A.

    Made it to auditorium. Standing in the back though

    1 · April 14, 2014

  • Jared G.

    Anyone in the overflow room?

    April 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I made it in and have a seat!

    1 · April 14, 2014

  • Robert C.

    I'm glad to have made it inside the auditorium & found a seat. Now if I could just dry out before I freeze to death.

    1 · April 14, 2014

  • Jesse L.

    Didnt make the cut :(

    April 14, 2014

  • kevin

    I'm in McAllister! !!! Whoot whoot!!

    April 14, 2014

    • kevin

      At the end of the barricades

      April 14, 2014

    • Jared G.

      When the line started moving I was waiting where the line turned off of Ferret and continued. Haha

      April 14, 2014

  • Jared G.

    In the overflow room. Dang!

    April 14, 2014

  • Glenn

    I am in the Cram room, and it is empty. Not sure if it's still going to be telecast here, or if they're going to make us go stand online as punishment, but dry for now!

    April 14, 2014

    • Jesse L.

      Im all the way in the end

      April 14, 2014

  • Robert C.

    Standing in line as the rain is headed our way. Looks like it will be STO for Tyson tonight.

    April 14, 2014

  • kevin

    In line and waiting

    April 14, 2014

    • Jesse L.

      En route

      April 14, 2014

    • Jesse L.

      Do you know if they are letting people bring in backpacks?

      April 14, 2014

  • Ariel Kay (.

    Maybe the impending deluge will keep the less enthusiastic away...

    2 · April 14, 2014

    • Jared G.

      I hope so. I'm going, raining or not.

      April 14, 2014

    • Jared G.

      I have a slight man crush..hah

      1 · April 14, 2014

  • Jared G.

    Looks like it will be PACKED!! I really hope we can snatch a seat. I can't be there until close to 7.

    April 14, 2014

    • Adam K.

      ... Wow. that says 1.7 THOUSAND people going - and that's just the people that signed up on that event. Clay posted another event showing nearly 1,000 people going from that listing. Since the Tulane auditorium has seating for 1,850 in the auditorium and then 400 in the overflow room. I'm guessing that the auditorium may fill with just Tulane students alone.

      April 14, 2014

  • Glenn

    Anyone have an idea of how early we should try to get there this evening? Or if and where we are going to gather together?

    April 14, 2014

    • Glenn

      Yeah, I'd been hearing a number of people say 7 as well, which was making me think earlier would be better. I just hope it doesn't turn into a geeky Cincinnati Who concert situation. :-)

      April 14, 2014

    • kevin

      Ok, well I am going to be there way too early. I'm sneaking out of work at about 2:30 and going to go hang out and scope out the situation. I will probably get there at about 4:30.

      2 · April 14, 2014

  • Glenn

    "We will have a live stream of the lecture and about 400 seats available in the Kendall Cram room of the Lavin-Bernick Center (this building is just across the quad from the auditorium)."

    April 14, 2014

  • Glenn

    I just found this on Tulane's web site:

    "Doors will open for the Tulane community at approx. 7:00 pm. Members of the public will be allowed to enter at apprx. 7:30 pm.

    The lecture will begin at 8:00 pm."

    April 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have Cox cable coming to install my internet between 5 and 7. I really hope they come early and don't take long. I was hoping to be there around 6:30. I think most people are going to go at 7, so I'm thinking the earlier, the better.

    April 14, 2014

    • Jesse L.

      Good luck Niki they are usually pretty quick.

      1 · April 14, 2014

  • Joseph P.

    Car pool? I can take like four or five, lol. From uptown Oak area.

    April 14, 2014

    • Adam K.

      I'll be walking from my house a few blocks away!

      1 · April 14, 2014

    • Jesse L.

      Im in metairie I can take three or four people from this area.

      April 14, 2014

  • Charlotte

    I want to make sure that, if you are not familiar with Uptown and the Tulane, that the McAlister is internal to the campus. The default address above gets you "to the campus" but it isn't the physical address for the auditorium. Please consult a campus map to help navigate where this building is located.

    1 · April 10, 2014

  • kevin

    Can't wait

    April 9, 2014

  • Clay R.

    Pinvents already shows 918 going. The venue zeats 1850. We beter arive early. We shoud met up to sit together

    March 21, 2014

  • Rose

    I will try to find out if their shuttle will be running...

    March 20, 2014

  • Jp

    Will be there if space allows

    March 20, 2014

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