Town Talks: community-oriented, engaging and down-to-earth

The TSRC Town Talks are a community-oriented, engaging, and down-to-earth annual summer lecture/discussion. 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. The Talks are a public component of TSRC’s mission to convene the world’s most influential academic and private sector molecular scientists to set powerful new directions in research, build international collaborations, and to find solutions to challenges in science and engineering.

In 2002, the board of TSRC decided to honor one of its founders, R. Stephen Berry, University of Chicago James Franck Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus, by designating an annual lecture series in his name. Each year, the TSRC president invites a special speaker to give the R. Stephen Berry Lecture as part of the public Town Talk science lecture series. Steve himself gave the first lecture in 2003.

In 2003, the program shifted to Tuesday evenings at the public library with the support of local funder CCAASE, and TSRC began to advertise the events widely. The talks were also held at the Palm Theatre for several years. Later, underwritten by another local funder TMVOA, the series moved to the Conference Center in Mountain Village. In 2013, the series was held at the Opera House to celebrate their 100th anniversary. The series is now 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 “TSRC Town Talks” in 2011. The Town Talks have grown steadily in popularity to an average of nearly 150 audience members per talk.

Telluride Science Research Center
Post Office Box 2429, Telluride CO 81435
Tel: + 970.708.4426
Email: info@telluridescience.org
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