Public Lectures

Physics for the Inquiring Mind

Public LecturesThis very popular series of 3-4 public lectures each year takes advantage of the presence of so many distinguished scientists who come to collaborate on the most fascinating and challenging questions in their fields. Our speakers have included, among others, Conny Aerts, Peter Galison, Murray Gell-Mann, John Grunsfeld, Stephen Hawking, Robert Kirshner, Nathan Lewis, and M. Cristina Marchetti. Presentations have included how stars ring, projects at the large hadron collider (LHC), how the brain works, challenges for global energy, the potential in the human genome, and black holes.

The presentations put you in touch with people and research that is transforming our understanding of the universe. Friends of KITP receive priority seat reservations, and an informal reception follows each lecture.



Upcoming Event

Chaos, Black Holes and Quantum Mechanics

Speaker: Stephen Shenker
Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 7:00 PM
Location: Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, Kohn Hall, Main Seminar Room


We have had an incredible response to our October 24th event, and as a result we are no longer taking RSVP’s for this lecture. If you have already RSVP’d, please be sure to arrive early to find your seat, as we anticipate a full house for this lecture! If you have not yet RSVP’d but would like to put your name on our wait list, please reach out to Development Coordinator Megan Turley at 805-893-6350 or by email at megan [at]



KITP Public Lectures Archive

Event Information
Chaos, Black Holes and Quantum Mechanics
Speaker: Stephen Shenker
Date: 2018-10-24
New Challenges for Climate Science Following the Paris Agreement
Speaker: Stephen Belcher
Date: 2018-05-30
Novel Directions in the Search for New Physics
Speaker: Asimina Arvanitaki
Date: 2018-04-18
Impact and Intrusion
Speaker: Sidney Nagel
Date: 2018-02-28
Yzurdiaga Chair Inauguration: Magical Magnetism & Other Strange Stuff
Speaker: Leon Balents
Date: 2017-11-28
How Hearing Happens
Speaker: A. James Hudspeth
Date: 2017-06-14
Black Holes and Gravitational Waves -- Was Einstein Right?
Speaker: Saul Teukolsky
Date: 2017-05-15
Beyond Chaos: The Continuing Enigma of Turbulence
Speaker: Nigel Goldenfeld
Date: 2017-02-01
Realizing Feynman’s Dream of a Quantum Simulator
Speaker: Immanuel Bloch
Date: 2016-09-28
Do I have to draw you a diagram? A tale of quantum gravity
Speaker: Zvi Bern
Date: 2016-04-20