Photo and video artifacts can be found at http://einstein.wvu.edu/.
During April 2017, the Center for Gravitational Waves and Cosmology teamed up with the School of Theatre & Dance to engage students and the public in Celebrating Einstein, a series of month-long, interdisciplinary, multimedia, events dedicated to communicating the beauty and significance of Einstein’s theory of General Relatively. While originally hosted at Montana State University in 2013, WVU’s Celebrating Einstein events included: danced lectures, orchestra performances, artwork, readings, lectures, planetarium shows, and field trips. During the danced lecture, Dr. Sean McWilliams read a narration to the audience while a troupe of dancers acted out how dense objects like black holes can warp spacetime and how they produce gravitational waves.
The event was a huge success:
- 4 field trips for local schools engaged 723 middle school students and teachers. Volunteers for field trip demonstrations involved 19 high school physics students, 1 high school physics teacher, and 36 undergrad/grad students and professors.
- 4 danced lectures and 2 orchestra performances engaged 399 participants from the public.
- 5 lectures and 2 documentaries engaged 346 participants
- 5 planetarium shows engaged 210 participants
- Facebook Live and Reddit engaged over 13,000 participants in 7 countries