Physicist Dr. Brian Schwartz will speak at Black Hills State University Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. in the Laboratory Theatre in the basement of Pangburn Hall. He will focus on how theatre, music, dance, literature, and the visual arts can convey the joys and excitement of science.

The program will also feature a reading by BHSU theatre students from Michael Frayn’s Copenhagen, a fictional account of an actual event during World War II, where two physicists exchange heated words and profound ideas.

Schwartz teaches physics at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and directs a program called Science & the Arts. The program is designed to communicate to the public the wonder of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics by means of partnerships and contributions by the arts. The Science & the Arts performance series has been developed and tested at the Graduate Center for more than ten years.

Schwartz will illustrate how his program develops collaborations between scientists and artists. He will also explain how Science & the Arts has become a model for innovative collaborations nationwide.

The event is sponsored by the Sanford Underground Laboratory at Homestake, BHSU, and the National Science Foundation. A dessert reception in the Laboratory Theatre Lobby will follow the program. Pangburn Hall is located on University Street and is the last building on the right before the cul-de-sac.

For more information contact Ben Sayler, director of Education and Outreach for the Sanford Underground Laboratory at Homestake/BHSU, at Ben.Sayler@BHSU.edu or call 605.642.6874.