Last week, NYU once again partnered with the World Science Festival, which held dozens of events across the city—offering titles such as "Spooky Action: The Drama of Quantum Mechanics," "Cheers to Science! A Drinkable Feast of Beer, Biotechnology, and Archaeology," "Cellular Surgeons: The New Era of Nanomedicine," and "Multiverse: One Universe or Many?" As they have been since 2008, many of these lectures and discussions were centered across Washington Square.
Even for those of us now more than a few years (or, well, decades) removed from school, we could attend these sessions, sit in those smallish seats, and be transported back to a time when nothing was asked of us but to discover, process, and draw our own conclusions. Of course, the real world demands far different things on a typical day, but being inspired and challenged shouldn’t end when our academic careers do.