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Experience Science, the Arts, & Culture

The Rockefeller University is an acknowledged cultural center in New York City, offering opportunities throughout the academic year for benefactors and the public to hear from the world’s leaders in science and the arts. The University’s outreach programs include lay-language science lectures, musical performances, and educational initiatives for individuals of all ages.

Elaine Fuchs speaking

Women & Science

For twenty years, the Women & Science initiative has showcased the contributions of women scientists while highlighting the crucial role of basic and clinical research in addressing women’s health concerns and medical issues. In addition to lectures throughout the year, the annual Women & Science Lecture and Luncheon raises support for women scientists at all stages of their careers.  

A Voyage Into an Invisible World How Modern Microscopes are Transforming Science

6:30 – 9:00 AM

Alison North, Ph.D.
Senior Director, Bio-Imaging Resource Center
The Rockefeller University


Parents & Science

Parents & Science

Through programs featuring Rockefeller scientists and guest speakers from such fields as psychology, medicine, education, and the social sciences, Parents & Science provides a resource for families. Programs focus on recent discoveries relevant to the development, health, and well-being of children, from infancy to adolescence.

What Makes Us Human? The Neuroscience of Social Intelligence

6:00 – 8:00 PM

Winrich Freiwald, Ph.D.
Laboratory of Neural Systems

Christina Pressl, M.D.
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Scholar
Laboratory of Neural Systems


A cellist performs in one of the Peggy Rockefeller concerts

Performing Arts Events

The one-of-a-kind domed Caspary Auditorium, with its finely tuned acoustics, is regularly the site of outstanding musical performances by internationally acclaimed artists. Musical programs include:  

Peggy Rockefeller Concert Series

Subscriptions and tickets for the 2018-2019 Peggy Rockefeller Concert Series are now available for purchase.  Visit for the upcoming season artist bios, videos, and an online order form.

Subscription – $150 | General Ticket – $30 | Student/Postdoc Ticket – $10

Attendees enjoy an event at Rockefeller University

Events for University Friends

The Rockefeller University has a tradition of giving back to the community.  Lectures on the sciences, as well as the arts and humanities, are offered throughout the year to University supporters and the community-at-large. These programs include:

2018 Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science

5:30 PM Registration and Reception
6:30 PM Prize Presentation and Lecture

Communicating Science through the Arts: The Big Bang, Black Holes, and Gravitational Waves

Kip S. Thorne, Ph.D.
Recipient of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics
The Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics, Emeritus
California Institute of Technology