Paul D. Bartlett, Sr. Lecture

The annual Paul D. Bartlett, Sr. Lecture was established in 2003 to bring the finest university professors to speak on subjects related to the Linda Hall Library´s collections.

Paul D. Bartlett, Sr. was the first chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Linda Hall Library. Under his leadership the Halls’ bequest for the creation of a public library in Kansas City was used to establish this library devoted to science, engineering and technology. Mr. Bartlett served on the Board until his death in 1964.

The lectures are presented by the Linda Hall Library in association with the Harvard-Radcliffe Club of Kansas City, the Princeton Alumni Association of Greater Kansas City, and the Yale Club of Kansas City.

Previous Lectures

The Goodness Paradox: The Strange Relationship Between Virtue and Violence in Human Evolution (September 17, 2020)
Richard Wrangham, Ruth Moore Professor of Anthropology and Chair of Biological Anthropology, Harvard University

Cosmic Tremors: The Quest for Colliding Black Holes (April 30, 2019)
Priyamvada Natarajan, Professor of Astronomy and Physics, Yale University
(Lecture video is not available.)

How the Social Brain Builds Itself–But Sometimes Doesn’t: Genes, Experience, and the Biological Roots of Autism (April 17, 2018)
Sam Wang, Professor of Molecular Biology and Neuroscience, Princeton University

What Darwin Didn’t Know: Evolution Since the Origin of Species (April 6, 2017)
Andrew Berry, Lecturer on Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University

The Evolution of Beauty: From Warblers to Warhol (April 14, 2016)
Richard Prum, William Robertson Coe Professor of Ornithology, Ecology, and Evolutionary Biology, Yale University

TMI: Identity and Privacy in the Digital Age (April 1, 2015)
Edward Felten, Robert E. Kahn Professor of Computer Science, Princeton University

The Lost Art of Finding Our Way (May 13, 2014)
John Huth, Donner Professor of Science, Department of Physics, Harvard University

The Particle at the End of the Universe: How the Hunt for the Higgs Boson Leads Us to the Edge of a New World (April 16, 2013)
Sean Carroll, Senior Research Associate in Physics, California Institute of Technology

The Evolution of Economic Irrationality: Insights from Monkeys (February 23, 2012)
Laurie Santos, Associate Professor of Psychology, Yale University, and the Director of Yale University’s Comparative Cognition Laboratory

Who Discovered the Periodic Table?: The Anatomy of a Priority Dispute (April 13, 2011)
Michael Gordin, Professor, History of Science, Princeton University

Catching Fire: How Cooking Made us Human (February 25, 2010)
Richard Wrangham, Ruth Moore Professor of Anthropology and Chair of Biological Anthropology, Harvard University

How to See a Black Hole (2009)
Charles Bailyn, Thomas E. Donnelley Professor of Astonomy and Physics, Yale University

From Cold Quicksilver to Levitating Trains: The History and Promise of Superconductivity (2008)
Robert Cava, Russell Wellman Moore Professor of Chemistry, Princeton University

The Theory of Everything (2007)
Brian Greene, Professor of Mathematics and Physics, Columbia University

Cosmology, Quantum Mechanics, and Free Will (2006)
David Layzer, Donald H. Menzel Professor of Astrophysics, Emeritus, Harvard University

Meteorite Impacts and Extinctions (2005)
Karl Turekian, Sterling Professor of Geology and Geophysics, Yale University

The Extravagant Universe (2004)
Robert Kirshner, Clowes Professor of Science, Harvard University

Structure as an Art Form (2003)
David Billington, Gordon Y.S. Yu Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Princeton University