Author Appearances

Joel R. Primack and Nancy Ellen Abrams

The View from the Center of the Universe:

Discovering our Extraordinary Place in the Cosmos (Riverhead/Penguin, 2006)

Nancy Ellen Abrams and Joel R. Primack

The New Universe and the Human Future:

How a Shared Cosmology Could Transform the World (Yale University Press, 2011)

Starred events* are multimedia lectures with high-resolution astronomical videos


Jan 18 Tues - Multimedia Lecture: The New Universe and the Human Future, Contra Costa County Jewish Community Center, Walnut Creek, CA 7:30 pm *

Apr 4 Mon - Multimedia Benjamin Dean Lecture: The New Universe and the Human Future, Morrison Planetarium, California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, CA, 7:30 pm * with book signing afterward for Abrams and Primack, The New Universe and the Human Future: How a Shared Cosmology Could Transform the World (Yale University Press, 2011)

Apr 26 Tues - Book signing for The New Universe and the Human Future, Capitola BookCafe, Capitola, CA 7:30 pm

June 11 Sat - Nancy and Joel joint presentation at TEDxSantaCruz, Cabrillo College Music Recital Hall (time TBD)

July 5 Tues - Book signing for The New Universe and the Human Future, Bookshop Santa Cruz 7:30 pm

July 9 Sat - Multimedia Lecture: The New Universe and the Human Future, Adler Planetarium Universe Theater, Chicago, IL followed by book signing

Sept 14 Wed - Multimedia Lecture: The New Universe and the Human Future, Seattle Town Hall, 1119 8th Avenue, Seattle, WA 7:30 pm * followed by book signing

Sept 18 Sun - Multimedia Lecture: The New Universe and the Human Future, Orcas Island, WA 7:30 pm * followed by book signing


Apr 16 - Multimedia Keynote for In2:InThinking Network 2010 Forum: The Cosmic Context for the Human Future, at Rocketdyne Leadership & Learning Center, Woodland Hills, CA, 7:30 pm *

Apr 18 - Informal lecture at Roger Wolfson's Movie Industry Salon, Burton Chase Park, Marina del Ray, CA, 3 pm


Mar-June - University of California, Santa Cruz course Physics 80C: Cosmology and Culture

June 24-28 - Multimedia Lecture at Conference on Science, Wisdom, and the Future: Humanity's Quest or a Flourishing Earth, San Luis Obispo, CA *

July 19 Sun - Multimedia Lecture at Metanexus Conference on Cosmos, Nature, and Culture, Phoenix, AZ *

Aug 25 Tues - Multimedia Lecture with book signing, Commonwealth Club, San Francisco, CA - 5:30 pm reception, 6 pm lecture *

Oct 15 Thurs - A Cosmic View of the Human Future, Reidy Frendship Hall, All Souls Unitarian Church, Lexington Avenue at 80th Street, Manhattan - 6:30 pm refreshments, 7 pm lecture (free and open to the public) *  

Oct 20, 21 and 27,28 Tues,Weds - Cosmic Society: The New Universe and the Human Future, Dwight H. Terry Lectures, Yale University Art Museum, 4:30 pm with reception following (four lectures, published by Yale University Press, April 2011) *

Late 2008

July 31-Aug 3 Thurs-Sun - Nancy is one of two keynote speakers at the Universe as Blessing conference at De Pauw University

Sept 5-6 Fri-Sat - Public conference in Oslo to launch the Norwegion edition of View from the Center of the Universe, featuring several presentations by Nancy, Joel, and both together, and a concert by Nancy of her original songs

Sept 8-12 Mon-Fri - Joel and Nancy are plenary speakers at international conference in Granada, Spain, on Cosmology Across Cultures; give joint multimedia lecture on Fri Sept 12 with simultaneous Spanish translation *

Oct 15 Wed - Multimedia Lecture at Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Santiago - 6 pm *

Oct 29 Wed - Multimedia Lecture at Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), Belo Horizonte, Brazil, with simultaneous Portuguese translation, 11 am *

Oct 27-28, 30-31 - Joel lectures on cosmology to grad students at the National Observatory of Brazil, Rio de Janiero; Nancy and Joel give public talk there Oct 31, 6 pm, to celebrate publication of the Portuguese edition of View from the Center of the Universe

Nov 5 Wed - Lecture, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC), Common Room 350, 1100 E 55th St (at University Ave), Chicago, IL, 7:30 pm

Nov 6 Thurs - Multimedia Lecture, Staerkel Planetarium, Champaign, IL, 7 pm *

Nov 8 Sat - Multimedia Lecture, Chicago Humanities Festival, Thorne Auditorium, 375 E Chicago Ave, 10 am *  

Dec 4 Thurs - Awards Banquet Lecture, U.S. Army Science Conference, Orlando, FL * online at

Spring 2008

Mar 24 Mon - Public Lecture, sponsored by Center for Cosmology and AstroParticle Physics, Ohio State University, The Ballroom, The Blackwell Inn, 2110 Tuttle Place Park, 5 - 6 pm *

March 26 Wed - Public Lecture at Vanderbilt University, Room 4327, Stevenson Center, 4 pm *

March 27 Thurs - Public Lecture in The Center for Science and Spirituality Distinguished Lecture Series, What it Means to be Human: Science, Consciousness and Our Place in the Universe, at Business and Aerospace Building√Ę‚‚¨‚„Ęs State Farm Lecture Hall, Middle Tennessee State University, 7 pm *

April 14 Mon - The Public Lecture of the 2008 Annual Meeting of the American Physical Society, May Hall, St. Louis Science Center, St. Louis, MO, 7 pm *

Early 2008

Jan 6 Sun - Luau Evening, Evolutionary Epic conference, Makaha Resort, Oahu, Hawaii 

Jan 23 Wed - Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture, Smithwick Theater, Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, CA, 7 pm *

Late 2007

Sept 21 Fri - Lecture for Core Course, University of California, Merced *

Oct 18-19 Thurs-Fri - Talks at State University of New York, Geneseo, NY *

Nov 14 Wed - After-Dinner Lecture by Joel Primack, American Physical Society Division of Plasma Physics Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL *

Dec 16/18 Tues/Thurs - Nancy and Joel taught inner city high school kids about cosmology in Matthew Fox and Professor Pitts YELLAWE program in Oakland, CA *

Summer 2007

June 30 Sat - The Future of Intelligence in the Cosmos workshop, NASA Ames Laboratory - Joel: The Future of the Visible Universe May Depend on Us; Nancy: Interstellar Travel Requires a Shared Cosmology

July 16 Mon - J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Lecture by Joel Primack, Los Alamos High School Duane Smith Auditorium, Los Alamos, NM, 7:30 pm *

July 17 Tues - Presentation, St. Johns College, Santa Fe, NM, 7:30 pm *

July 19 Thurs - Colloquium, Robert N. Noyce Conference Room, Santa Fe Institute, Santa Fe, NM, 3:30 pm *

July 29 Sun - Keynote Lecture, International Society for the Study of Time Conference, Asilomar, CA *

Sept 10 Mon - Public Lecture at Science North, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, 7:30 pm *

Sept 13 Thurs - Public Lecture at Queens University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, 7:30 pm *

Spring 2007

April 9 Mon - Michigan Center for Theoretical Physics Public Lecture, 1800 Chemistry Bldg, 930 N. University, Ann Arbor, MI, 7:30 pm *

April 15 Sun - Public Lecture, David Rittenhouse Lab 1A, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 5:30 pm *

April 16 Mon - Panel Discussion in connection with Brecht's Galileo, Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA, 7 pm

June 16 Sat - Epic and Futures Mini-Conference, The Presidio, San Francisco

Winter 2007

Jan 26 Fri - University of Texas, Austin, and McDonald Observatory, Robert Lee Moore Hall on the UT campus, Room 4.102, 7:30 pm *

Jan 27 Sat - Feast of Jewish Learning, Temple Beth Am, 26790 Arasterdo Road, Los Altos Hills, CA, 8:45-10:15 pm

Mar 1 Thurs - Princeton Club of Northern California and Harvard Club of San Francisco, Gordon & Rees LLP, 275 Battery Street, Suite 2000, Embarcadero West, San Francisco, 6-8 pm *

November 2006

Nov 11 Sat - Advanced Imaging Conference, Doubletree Hotel, San Jose, 1:30 pm * 

Nov 13 Mon - Sonoma State University, What Physicists Do Colloquium, Darwin Hall 103, 4 pm *

Nov 17 Fri - Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, Sigma Xi and Teilhard Society Lecture, 3:15-5 pm

Britain and Ireland - October 9-18, 2006 

Oct 9 Mon - Archaelogy Lecture Theatre, Gordon Square, University College London, 4 pm *

Oct 10 Tues - Mason Lecture Theatre, Bancroft Building, Queen Mary, University of London, cosponsored by the Scientific and Medical Network, 6:30 pm *

Oct 11 Weds - Oxford University, Martin Wood Lecture Theatre, 4:30 pm *

Oct 12 Thurs - Miller's Academy of Art and Science, 28a Hereford Road, Notting Hill, London, 7 pm *

Oct 16 Mon - Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, Dublin, 7 pm *

Oct 18 Weds - Cambridge University, Institute of Astronomy, 7 pm *

October 2006

Oct 2 Monday - Congregation Etz Chayim Yom Kippur presentation and study group, Gunn High School auditorium, starting 1 pm

Oct 25 Weds - NASA Ames Director's Colloquium, 2 pm; NASA Research Park public lecture, 7 pm *

Oct 26 Thurs - Temple Beth El, Soquel, CA, 7 pm

Oct 30 Mon - San Francisco State University, 411 Thornton Hall, 4 pm

Spring - Summer 2006 

Mar 9 Thurs - Santa Cruz, California, Halliday Lecture, University Inn and Conference Center, 8 pm

Apr 6 Thursday - Publication date: books go on sale
New York City, Columbia University Observatory, Room 833 Mudd (Engineering School) enter campus at 116th Street entrance, 7:30 pm *

Apr 10 Mon - Stanford University, Room 200 Hewlett Teaching Center, 8 pm *

Apr 11 Tues - Capitola Book Cafe, Capitola, California 7:30 pm

Apr 12 Wed - Salt Lake City, Frontiers of Science Lecture at University of Utah, Skaggs Biology Bldg., 7:30 pm *

Apr 17 Mon - Portland, Oregon, Reed College 4 pm; Powell's Books, 1005 W Burnside, 7:30 pm

Apr 18 Tues - Seattle Town Hall, 1119 8th Avenue, 7:30 pm *

Apr 19 Wed - Vienna, Virginia, Borders Books, 7:30 pm

Apr 20 Thurs - Washington, DC, Politics & Prose, Treasury Executive Institute, 9 - 11 am *

Apr 25 Tues - San Francisco, California Academy of Sciences,  Sequoia Boardroom, 875 Howard Street, 2 pm and 7:30 pm *

Apr 28 Fri - Chicago, Transitions Bookplace, 1000 W. North Avenue, 7:00 pm

Apr 29 Sat - Chicago, Field Museum, 1 pm *

May 2 Tues - Berkeley, University of California,Sackler Lecture, 5:45 pm * 2050 Valley Life Sciences Bldg. - contact: Loraine Dowling, (510) 642-7091

May 3 Wed - Davis, CA, University of California, Sciences Center Lecture Hall, 8 pm *

May 8 Mon - Santa Cruz, CA, Bookshop Santa Cruz, 7:30 pm

May 9 Tues - Santa Cruz, CA, University of California, Media Theater, 8 pm * 

May 10 Weds - Irvine, CA, University of California, Room 100 Engineering Lecture Hall, 8 pm *

May 16 Tues - Harvard Observatory Author's Night, Phillips Auditorium, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA, 8 pm *

May 31 Wed - Philadelphia, Franklin Institute, 6:30 pm *

June 2 Fri - Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, McDonnell Hall A02, 1:30 pm *

June 6 Tues - Keynote Lecture, Metanexus Annual Conference on Science and Religion, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia *

June 25 Sun - Keynote Lecture, Evolutionary Salon on Transformational Philanthropy, Gold Lake Mountain Resort, Colorado *

Aug 25 Fri - Invited Lecture, Google NYC, 1440 Broadway 21st FL, New York, NY 10018 *

* Multimedia lecture with high-resolution astronomical videos, possibly with book signing afterward

Last updated May 15, 2011.


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