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Trojans Can Spend a Day With Einstein

The free event will be held in tandem with “Einstein,” the current Skirball Cultural Center exhibit exploring the highlights of the renowned physicist’s life.

Photo/ From the Lotte Jacobi Collection � University of New Hampshire

The USC Emeriti Center will host “USC Day With Einstein,” presented by TIAA-CREF � on Sunday, March 13.

The free event will be held in tandem with “Einstein,” the current Skirball Cultural Center exhibit exploring the highlights of the renowned physicist’s life through everyday items such as love letters, report cards, diaries and family photographs, as well as the manuscript pages detailing his famous equation E=mc 2, his letter to President Franklin Roosevelt about the atom bomb and his extensive FBI file.

“The USC Emeriti Center is pleased to partner with TIAA-CREF in offering this event on the 100th anniversary of E=MC 2 and in celebration of USC’s 125th anniversary,” said Elizabeth Redmon, executive director of the center. “Our panel of Einstein experts will undoubtedly provide new insights into the life and work of this remarkable man.”

Reservations are required, Redmon said, and registrants can check in between 2 and 3 p.m., when they will receive a nametag that provides free access to the Skirball’s permanent exhibit.

A panel presentation moderated by USC emeritus professor Robert P. Biller, former chief operating officer of the Skirball Center, will begin at 3 p.m.

Included on the panel are: Ze’ev Rosenkranz, editor of the Einstein Papers Project and author of “Einstein Scrapbook,” whose topic is “With Fame I Become More and More Stupid: Albert Einstein on Celebrity, Relationships and Nationhood”; Marsha Kinder, executive producer/director of The Labyrinth Project, an art collective and research initiative on interactive cinema and database narrative at USC’s Annenberg Center for Communication, will discuss “Three Winters in the Sun: Einstein in the Labyrinth,” which is included as part of the exhibit; and Nicholas Warner, professor of physics and mathematics in USC College, who will present a layman’s discussion of “Einstein: From Relativity to Unified Field Theories.”

Following the panel, there will be a Q&A session and an overview of the exhibit by Grace Grossman, senior curator at the Skirball. The USC Labyrinth DVD will be available for purchase, as will Rosenkranz’ book, both of which can be autographed.

A reception follows with the free tour of the Einstein exhibit beginning at 5 p.m.

Redmon said that since Sunday afternoons are very busy at the Skirball, and since regular tickets for the Einstein exhibit are issued for specific time slots, “Our attendees should not plan on going to the exhibit before 5 p.m., unless they buy the normal ticket early in the day.”

The Skirball Cultural Center is located at 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd. in Los Angeles. An RSVP is required, as seating is limited. To RSVP, click here and enter code #0313. For information, call (213) 740-1744.

Trojans Can Spend a Day With Einstein

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