After Hours Conversations

October - November   2019   ;   February - March   2020


After Hours Conversations is a program of informal meetings that are held at Harry's Bar in the upper level of Simons Hall, from 5:00 pm till 7:00 pm, on Mondays and Thursdays, in October and November and again in February and March.

These talks are open to faculty, members, visitors, staff, spouses, and partners in an effort to encourage cross-discipline communication at IAS. Professors Piet Hut, Didier Fassin, Helmut Hofer, and Myles W. Jackson will moderate the sessions.

The format is as follows. At 5:30 pm, someone will give an informal presentation of no more than 10 minutes, intended for a general audience. The topic will be a brief description of a major open  problem in his or her field, together with suggestions for possible future progress with respect to that problem. This talk will be followed by 20 minutes of discussion, until 6:00 pm. During the remaining hour, everyone is free to mingle in more general discussions, preferably with others not from their own School.

If anyone would like to volunteer for giving a talk, please send an email to Piet Hut (piet@ias.edu), Didier Fassin (dfassin@ias.edu), Helmut Hofer (hofer@ias.edu), or Myles W. Jackson (myles@ias.edu).

To receive announcements of upcoming talks by email, contact Dawn Dunbar (ddunbar@ias.edu).

Note that in Harry's Bar all beverages including bottled water must be purchased with an IAS card. If you would like to purchase a drink, it would be best to arrive around 5:15, to allow the line at the bar to be processed before the start of the talk. Thank you for your cooperation.

Here is the list of speakers for the 10-minute presentations:

First Semester

Thursday, October 3, 2019
Presentation by: Myles W. Jackson, School of Historical Studies
Title: Scientists and Engineers and Musicians, Oh My! The Trautonium and Radio Broadcasting in Berlin in the 1920s and ‘30s
Host: Piet Hut

Monday, October 7, 2019
Presentation by: Benjamin Wallisch, School of Natural Sciences
Title: From the Smallest to the Largest Scales: A Journey Through the Universe
Host: Piet Hut

Thursday, October 10, 2019
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Monday, October 14, 2019
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Thursday, October 17, 2019
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Monday, October 21, 2019
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Thursday, October  24, 2019
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Monday, October 28, 2019
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Thursday, October 31, 2019
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Monday, November 4, 2019
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Thursday, November 7, 2019
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Monday, November 11, 2019
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Thursday, November 14, 2019
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Monday, November 18, 2019
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Thursday, November 21, 2019
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Monday, November 25, 2019
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Thursday, November 28, 2019
[ No meeting this day; IAS is closed for the Thanksgiving holiday ]

Second Semester

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Thursday, February 6, 2020
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Monday, February 10, 2020
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Thursday, February 13, 2020
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Monday, February 17, 2020
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Monday, March 30, 2020
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