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Available Presentations

The downloadable PDF below is a list of my current presentations. See something you like? Let me know! Don't see something you want? I may be able to create a custom presentation for you. Just ask! PLEASE NOTE:  I am available for bookings in starting in January 2020.
I am unavailable/booked for the following dates:
  • Due to a scheduled ongoing work commitment, I an unavailable on the third Thursday evening of each month.
  • Jan 15, 27, 29
  • Feb 1 to 16, 18
  • Mar 3, 10, 14, 16, 31
  • Apr 6, 14, 20, 21, 22, 23, 29
  • Aug 8 to 23
  • Oct 3 to 18
  • week of Nov 23
  • Dec 5 to 13, week of Dec 21, week of Dec 28.
Looking for program connections or need some suggestions? A few ideas:
  • If you are a location that hasn't hosted me previously, I highly recommend starting with Armchair Tour of the Solar System, Through the Eyes of Hubble, Roving the Red Planet, or Astronomy Using Your Eyes. These are the programs that have traditionally and consistently brought in the largest audiences.
  • March is Women's History Month. Program connection: Women in Astronomy
  • Does your library have a telescope for patrons to check out and you need a program to help people begin to use the telescope? Try Intro to Skywatching with a Telescope.
  • July is National Ice Cream Month and October is National Pizza Month (yes, really!). There are also numerous days throughout the year to celebrate all kinds of foods. Program connection: Space Food: Past, Present, & Future. (And in case you were curious, both ice cream and pizza have been eaten by astronauts in space.)
  • The 50th anniversary of the founding of Earth Day is April 22, 2020 (note my booked dates above). Program connection: The Science of Climate Change
  • NASA will launch the next rover to Mars in July 2020. Program connection: Roving the Red Planet
  • SpaceX will test its Crew Dragon spacecraft - with a crew onboard - likely in early 2020. Program connection: The Future of Space Exploration.
  • Mars will be very bright and easy to see in the early evening night sky in September and October 2020. Program connections: Astronomy Using Your Eyes or Roving the Red Planet.
  • The next major telescope, the James Webb Space Telescope, is scheduled to launch sometime near/after March 2021. Program connection: Through the Eyes of Hubble
  • The next major solar eclipses will be in Oct 14, 2023 (43% coverage of the Sun in the Chicago area) and April 8, 2024 (94% coverage of the Sun in the Chicago area). Remember the eclipse craziness of 2017? It'll happen all over again -- and possibly even more so, since the path of the totality portion of the solar eclipse will be a little closer to Chicago than in 2017. Program connection: The Great North American Eclipse. Words of advice: Please request your dates EARLY. I recommend requesting "hold" dates or booking dates for my eclipse program starting in late 2022 for dates from summer 2023 through spring 2024. I was fully booked-up for the entire three months prior to the 2017 eclipse by late 2016.
Availability: I am generally available for evening programs on Mondays through Thursdays. I am not available for weekday programs in the daytime due to my full-time position at the Adler Planetarium. My weekend availability is extremely limited. I will travel to locations that are less than a 2-hour drive from downtown Chicago, IL. If you are unsure if I can travel to your location, please ask.
Speaking fees: My speaking fee is $125 plus mileage (mileage varies by host location and date; inquire before booking).
Booking discounts: If it is the first time you are booking with me and you book more than one program at a time, I am happy to offer a 10% discount on my speaking fee (mileage/travel fees not included in discount). You must mention the booking discount when inquiring.
Audio-visual and setup needs: My presentations generally utilize PowerPointTM. I can bring my PC laptop, or if you would like me to use yours, I can either bring my presentation on a flash drive or if your computer is connected to the internet, I can access it online via a secure account. My presentations generally require only a projector and a screen. If you don't have a projector with a VGA or HDMI connector cable, I can bring my own projector.
Presentations at-a-distance: Are you interested in a Skype-based presentation, instead of an in-person presentation? Please ask! This is a great option for host locations that are at least 100 miles from Chicago.





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