Public Lectures

Physics for the Inquiring Mind

Public LecturesKITP Public Lectures connect you with people and research that is transforming our understanding of the universe. This popular series of 3-4 public lectures each year takes advantage of the presence of the many distinguished scientists who visit KITP to collaborate on the most fascinating and challenging questions in their fields. 

Speakers have included, among others, Conny Aerts, Peter Galison, Asimina Arvanitaki, Murray Gell-Mann, John Grunsfeld, Stephen Hawking, Robert Kirshner, Nathan Lewis, and M. Cristina Marchetti. Talks have ranged from 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.

Friends of KITP receive priority seat reservations, and an informal reception follows each lecture.

Upcoming Event

Where Does Matter That Falls into a Black Hole Go?

Speaker: Carlo Rovelli
Date: Wednesday, June 2, 2021 @ 5:00 PM PST
Location: Virtual Zoom Meeting

KITP Public Lectures Archive

Event Information
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
The Biological Future of Theoretical Physics
Speaker: Curt G. Callan
Date: 2016-02-10
Weight, Weight... Do Tell Me!: QCD and the Origin of Mass
Speaker: Andreas Kronfeld
Date: 2015-09-23