Let There Be Night

For many city-dwellers, connecting with the splendor of the night sky demands an escape from the ever brightly lit landscape of the built environment. This evening event will unpack the complex issues of urban lighting, investigating the impact of light pollution on human well-being and ecological systems, and exploring how light and dark influence our perception of place. Join us for a conversation with Paul Bogard, author of The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light, along with Margaret Newman, Chief of Staff of the NYC Department of Transportation; Susan Harder, International Dark-Sky Association Representative; Linnaea Tillett of Tillett Lighting Design; and cancer epidemiologist Richard Stevens, followed by a night of stargazing and reflections on the night sky by artists and writers at Columbia University’s Pupin Hall observatory. This event is presented in partnership with Columbia University’s Astronomy Outreach and the Columbia School of the Arts.

This event is part of a week of public programs that kick off Van Alen Institute’s “Elsewhere: Escape and the Urban Landscape,” a multi-year inquiry that will explore the experience of escape in the urban environment.

Free. Registration is required, as space will be limited. Register at www.vanalen.org/elsewhere starting Oct. 22.


Event Details:

  • When: 

    Saturday, November 16, 2013
    07:00 pm

  • Where: 

    Columbia University Northwest Corner Building + Pupin Hall
    Broadway and 120th Street
    New York, New York

  • More information: 

    Event website.

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