Schools Brief: Foothill hosts lecture on black holes

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Barnard College professor and best-selling author Janna Levin is scheduled to deliver a free, illustrated, nontechnical talk on her new book, “Black Hole Survival Guide,” 7 p.m. April 28.

The virtual event is part of the Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series through Foothill College, now in its 21st year.

Levin’s lecture will center on mankind’s fascination with black holes, considered some of the most opaque theoretical constructs ever imagined by physicists. Viewers can learn about the dangers of being “spaghettified” by black holes’ enormous tidal forces.

Levin also will discuss the influence of black holes on the universe at large, including their mergers and the way their presence can sculpt entire galaxies.

Levin is the Claire Tow Professor of physics and astronomy at Columbia University’s Barnard College. Her research focuses on nature and the extent of space and time, black holes and neutron stars, the background radiation from the early universe and gravitational waves. She is also director of sciences at Pioneer Works, an interdisciplinary cultural center in Brooklyn that encourages cooperation between the arts and the sciences. She has written several books.

To watch the talk and participate live on YouTube, visit

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