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PSW Science is a leading science education organization in Washington, DC. Founded in 1871 as the Philosophical Society of Washington®, PSW Science® brings speakers from around the world to present the latest scientific research to the Society’s members and interested members of the public. For almost 150 years, the Society has been a forum for the discussion of the scientific topics of the day, of interest to all educated men and women, and the Society proudly continues that tradition to the present. Membership in the Society is open to anyone interested in science and the purposes of the Society.
PSW Science events – meetings with an invited speaker – generally are held every other Friday from September to June. Meetings are held in the John Wesley Powell Auditorium of the Cosmos Club in Washington, DC. The Society hosts a dinner with the speaker before the meeting to which PSW Science members are invited. The meetings are open to the public, free of charge, and reservations are not required. Dress is casual. Meetings are live-streamed via the PSW Science YouTube channel, and videos of the meetings are posted to the PSW Science website. Following the meeting, attendees enjoy refreshments during the “social hour” and informal discussion with the speaker and other members.
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- The Survival of CivilizationsThe John Wesley Powell Auditorium, adjacent to the Cosmos Club, 20008, DC
Join PSW Science® on March 8th at 8 PM as we welcome speaker Eric Cline, Professor of History, Classics, and Anthropology and Director of Capital Archaeological Institute at George Washington University. Cline will share the compelling story of what happened during the four centuries after 1177 BCE, across the wide swath of the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean world. It is a story of resilience, transformation, and success, as well as failures, in an age of chaos and reconfiguration. During the question and answer period, in-person attendees and live stream viewers may ask the speakers questions, and in-person attendees may also engage with the speakers during the post-lecture reception. Refreshments are served. For more information on this meeting, please visit: https://pswscience.org/meeting/2491/
The meeting will be held in the John Wesley Powell Auditorium, adjacent to the Cosmos Club. The Powell Auditorium is located at 2170 Florida Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20008. Use of the Cosmos Club is restricted to the Powell Auditorium, the entryway to the auditorium, and the restrooms immediately outside the auditorium. Please note there is no onsite parking available. A live stream of the lecture is also available: https://www.youtube.com/live/aYmdeTBrpx0?si=ZbZLQQkcClDkUNGi
PSW Science, founded in 1871, is one of the oldest scientific societies in Washington D.C. Now, over 150 years later, we celebrate the Society's rich history and contributions to scientific discovery and cross-disciplinary collaboration. For information on how to become a member of PSW Science and membership benefits, please visit https://pswscience.org/join/