Special Events


Special Events


A yearly day-long bash where Columbia astronomers and astrophysicists come together to talk about each other's research, in the form of short presentations by investigators; followed by AstroFeast!

Start of Fall Term

Big Apple Colloquium

These special colloquia feature sough-after speakers, and are shared by the Astronomy and Physics Departments at Columbia, the Physics Department at NYU, the Center for Computational Astrophysics (CCA), Astrophysics Department at AMNH and the Astronomy and Astrophysics programs at CUNY. They are held at one of the above institutions approximately twice a year.

Once or twice per year

The Bishop Lecture

The Bishop Lectures at Columbia University keep alive in the department of Astronomy the tradition of scholarly work, intellectual passion, and joie de vivre which Jeff Bishop exemplified in his all-too-short tenure with us.

Once per year

The Arlin P.S. Crotts Radical Hypothesis Lecture

The Arlin P.S. Crotts Radical Hypothesis Lecture is an annual event in the Columbia Department of Astronomy designed to keep alive the irreverent, creative spirit of Prof. Crotts who was taken from us after a far-too-brief 25 years. It is bestowed upon a scientist who exemplifies the bold, unfettered imagination that characterized so many of Arlin's contributions to our understanding of the Universe.

Once per year

Arts & Astro

Arts & Astro is usually a physical show held on Columbia University's campus, but due to COVID-19, the show has been online the past two years. From paintings to poetry, from shows to symphonies, astronomy and the arts have always been in constant conversation. The goal of Arts & Astro is to show that art and science are not mutually exclusive - in fact, they complement each other as two ways to explore and understand the world around us. To see the works in past shows, visit: http://arts.astro.columbia.edu/.

Once per year