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Telluride Town Talks
Communicating the science behind topical issues such as photosynthetic solar energy or the chemistry of antioxidants in a smart, down-to-earth way is the goal of the Town Talk series. The events are free of charge, although donations are greatly appreciated.
Back in 1991, TSRC founders Peter Salamon and R. Stephen Berry, began the TSRC science lecture series in the old elementary school on Thursday nights as a way to give back to the Telluride community.
In 2003, the program to Tuesday evenings at the public library, with the support of local funder CCAASE, and began advertising it widely in the community. Later, underwritten by another local funder, TMVOA, the series moved to the Conference Center in Mountain Village. The talks were held at the Palm Theatre for several years. In 2013, the series was held at the Opera House to celebrate their 100th anniversary. The series is funded by TSRC, generous donations at the door, and a generous sponsor.
The names of these talks have changed over the years, from "TSRC Science Lecture Series" (1991- 2002) to "Pinhead Town Talks" (2003 - 2010) and finally to the "Telluride Town Talks" in 2011. The Town Talks have grown steadily in popularity to an average of nearly 150 audience members per talk.