Chris Stoughton

Frederick Coolidge of the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, will give a Zoom-only Colloquium talk titled “The Evolution of Language.” While the presence of different languages throughout the world is undeniable, the origin of language and its evolution is highly contentious. The Colloquium talk explains why Chomsky is wrong, how language did evolve, why people speak, and why the most popular topic in all the world’s cultures is gossip.

Fermilab’s celebration of the International Year of the Periodic Table kicks off with a piece of cake. Fermilab Colloquium hosts will serve attendees cake shaped as the Periodic Table of Elements in the Wilson Hall second-floor crossover. The celebration continues with the premiere of a Fermilab video on the Periodic Table and a show-and-tell poster on the UNESCO IYPT. After the coffee break, we’ll hear the Colloquium presentation by Princeton University’s Michael Gordin.

The question of where to site the International Linear Collider has been under discussion for years, and the project’s future direction is becoming clearer. KEK Director General Masanori Yamauchi will give a colloquium on Wednesday at 10 a.m. on the status and possible future of the ILC in Japan. Come hear about this important project directly from one of its most important players.