Theoretical physicist and Nobel laureate Kip Thorne will be the 2019 Frey Foundation Distinguished Visiting Professor and deliver a free lecture in Memorial Hall on Thursday, February 21 at 5:30 p.m. The lecture is titled “My Romance with the Warped Side of the Universe: From Black Holes and Wormholes to Time Travel and Gravitational Waves.”
Thorne was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2017 for his work with Rainer Weiss and Barry C. Barish in gravitational waves. Thorne was also executive producer on Christopher Nolan’s film Interstellar, where he served as a scientific consultant.
The Frey Lecture is part of the A Constellation of Cosmos Events at Carolina, a joint series of related events by the College of Arts & Sciences with the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center and PlayMakers Repertory Company. The events include:
- Saturday, Feb. 16: How Long can a Truth be Denied? The Life, Ideas and Memory of Galileo. Carolina Public Humanities’ seminar will bring together the dramaturg and director of the PlayMakers’ production with experts on the history of astronomy and the history of musical theater to explore the contemporary significance of this play and the recurring conflicts between dogmatism and new kinds of knowledge. 9:15 a.m. Register at the Carolina Public Humanities website.
- Sunday, Feb. 17: Free screening of Interstellar. See the space travel film in which Kip Thorne served as scientific adviser. 2:00 p.m., Varsity Theatre
- Friday, Feb. 22: An Evening with Astronaut Charlie Duke. Morehead Planetarium hosts one of the 12 astronauts to walk on the moon. 7:00 p.m., Sonja Haynes Stone Center. Purchase tickets at moreheadplanetarium.org.
- Feb. 27-March 17: PlayMakers Repertory Company presents Life of Galileo by Bertolt Brecht, adapted by Joseph Discher and directed by Vivienne Benesch. Purchase tickets at playmakersrep.org.
The Frey Foundation Distinguished Visiting Professorship is one of the highest honors bestowed by the College of Arts & Sciences at UNC-Chapel Hill to distinguished public leaders.
The Frey Foundation was established in 1974 by Edward J. and Frances Frey of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Their son, alumnus David Gardner Frey, BA ’64, JD ’67, is chairman of the foundation and a longtime supporter of UNC’s College of Arts & Sciences. Past speakers include Nina Totenberg, Fareed Zakaria, E.L. Doctorow, Ted Turner, Alice Walker and Christine Todd Whitman.