Press Release


Physicist Sean Carroll, philosopher David Albert, and visual artist Antonia Contro share perspectives on Einstein’s revolutionary concept of time.

CHICAGO – The Illinois Humanities Council (IHC) continues its four-month-long commemoration of Albert Einstein’s revolutionary 1905 papers, Einstein’s Revolutions, with a discussion on “Time’s Arrow” on Thursday, August 11, 2005 with Sean Carroll, David Albert, and Antonia Contro at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Theater, 220 E. Chicago, at 6:00 p.m.

Sean Carroll will discuss science’s present understanding of time and how current research might alter our understanding once again. David Albert and Antonia Contro will respond with philosophy’s and art’s present understandings of time.

This event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. To make reservations or for more information, contact the IHC at 312.422.5580 or send an email to This event is wheelchair accessible.

Einstein’s Revolutions” is funded in part by grants from The Boeing Company and Motorola, Inc. The Museum of Contemporary Art and Chicago Public Radio are co-presenters for tonight’s program and Gretchen Helfrich, host of WBEZ’s Odyssey program, will moderate this discussion.

Sean Carroll is an assistant professor in the Physics Department, Enrico Fermi Institute, and Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics at the University of Chicago and author of a graduate textbook, Spacetime and Geometry: An Introduction to General Relativity. David Albert is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the M.A. Program in The Philosophical Foundations of Physics. He is author of Quantum Mechanics and Experience and Time and Chance and has published many articles on quantum mechanics. Antonia Contro is an artist and the executive director of Marwen, a not for profit organization that provides art education, college planning, and career development programs to under-served students in grades 6-12. In 2002, she was awarded a Rockefeller Fellowship.

This program is part of “Einstein’s Revolutions” a free, four-month-long series of programs taking place in Chicago through October 2005. Einstein’s Revolutions brings together scientists of international reputation — with philosophers, historians, artists, and a general audience — to look at the impact of the 1905 papers on our current understandings of the world, both scientific and personal.

Future programs include a lecture on “Einstein’s Hidden Worlds” by Joe Lykken, Theoretical Physics Department at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and Professor, Department of Physics and Enrico Fermi Institute, University of Chicago.

For a full calendar of events or for more information, please visit or contact the IHC at 312.422.5580 or via email at

The Illinois Humanities Council is a nonprofit educational organization [501 (c) 3] dedicated to fostering a culture in which the humanities are a vital part of the lives of individuals and communities. Organized in 1973 as the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the IHC creates programs and funds organizations that promote greater understanding of, appreciation for, and involvement in the humanities. The IHC is supported by state, federal, and private funds.


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