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.
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!