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Origins Project Events

The Origins Project hosts a variety of public and scholarly events throughout the year all over the world. From transdisciplinary symposia and international conferences to public debates and dialogues, and film, music and dance events, each foster discussion and stimulate new thinking. Our research symposia involve established leaders in various fields as well as the best emerging young researchers, and follow these up, where possible with new collaborative research projects, white papers and journal articles.

All of our public events are filmed and provided publicly on our Origins Project YouTube channel online. Our scientific workshops are also filmed, with the intent of using videos and content for educational purposes, delivered through our growing global resource center, the Origins Project Education Portal.

Great Debates

Great Debates

The Origins Project Great Debates are our signature events. Guests discuss several viewpoints on a theme of importance to the public in an exciting and interactive format



The Origins Project Dialogues are the newest addition to our events. We hold one-on-one in-depth conversations with the most interesting thinkers, artists, and public intellectuals in the world.




See a list of our Origins Workshops

Other Events

Other Events

The Origins Project hosts a variety of different types of events for the public, as well as the scientific community. Learn more about how to get involved by checking out our Other Events.

Upcoming Events

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Past Events

  • Dialogue: Singer and Krauss

  • Friday, October 16, 2015 - 7:00pm
  • World renowned moral philosopher Peter Singer and Lawrence Krauss to discuss animal liberation to dying with dignity, food, global poverty and effective altruism in a candid and unscripted conversation on ethics for the 21st century.

  • Panel: Evolving Ethics - Food, Sex & Death

  • Friday, October 16, 2015 - 12:00pm
  • Join The Origins Project for an exciting panel on ethics with an esteemed group of scholars and philosophers. This Origins Project Panel on Evolving Ethics: Food, Sex & Death will feature Peter Singer, Ira W.

  • Performance: Haydn's THE CREATION

  • Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 7:30pm
  • Join Lawrence Krauss and ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts in welcoming a performance of Haydn's THE CREATION at Gammage Auditorium.

  • Dialogue: Life, The Universe, and Everything

  • Friday, April 17, 2015 - 7:00pm
  • The Origins Project is coming to the Academia Film Olomouc Science Film Festival on April 17, 2015 - AFO50! Enjoy one of the best current science dialogues live in Olomouc.

  • Dialogue: Chomsky and Krauss

  • Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 7:00pm
  • Join intellectual giant Noam Chomsky and Lawrence Krauss for an intimate evening of conversation at the Origins Project Dialogue. Science, Mind, and Politics will be a candid and unscripted conversation on contemporary issues on the nature of humanity, the power of science and the mind, and global social justice. This will make for a thought-provoking and controversial evening.

  • Sun Devil Giving Day!

  • Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 6:00pm
  • Make a charitable gift on March 19th and support the Origins Project at ASU. Invest in our mission of expanding knowledge, improving education, and raising public awareness on key issues concerning our origins -- who we are and where we come from.

  • Great Debate: Extinctions - Tragedy to Opportunity

  • Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 8:00pm
  • Some say that we are in the midst of the 6th great extinction on Earth? Is this true? Join us as we explore the nature of extinction, from biology, and the great past extinctions, to culture, language, technology and the future of both our species and the Earth's biosphere, and ask whether, and to what extent extinction required for progress, and what we can do to preserve existing biodiversity on our planet.