The Beyond Center is dedicated to bringing the excitement and significance of cutting-edge science to the wider public. To that end we host three special annual public lectures, and occasional special lectures. All our public lectures are free, and are designed to accommodate non-scientists.

The Beyond Annual Lecture is our premier public event of the year. We ask a scientist or philosopher of international standing to offer a reflective account of their work and interests, and invite them to speculate a little bit "beyond" their normal comfort zone.

Each year, The Beyond Center presents a special award to a leading scientist to honor the life and work of Eugene Shoemaker who, together with his wife Carolyn Shoemaker, pioneered research in the field of asteroid and comet impacts.

Science fiction has penetrated art, literature and popular culture. But how can we separate fact from fiction, when many bizarre Sci-Fi ideas later turn out to be correct? The annual Sci-Fi Meets Sci-Fact lecture is a fun evening of information and entertainment that addresses the burning question - Can it really be done? This lecture is suited for the young, and the young at heart.

The Beyond Center periodically hosts special seminars along with our monthly seminar series, Coffee @ Beyond

Coffee @ Beyond takes place on the last Monday of the Month, at 3:00pm in Classroom 240 in ISTB4, ASU Tempe Campus. These interdisiplanary seminars are intended to push the conceptual boundaries and feature experts in their fields of study. Come for coffee, tea, cookies and a great talk!


Spring 2019 Seminars: 

January 28th - Ted Pavlic, Beyond Gilding Refined Gold: Does Biological Computation Compute?

February 25th - Frank Wilczek, "TBD"

March 25th - Betul Kacar, "TBD"

April 29th - Athena Aktipis, "TBD"



Spring 2018 Seminars: 

January 29th: Nicole Halpern, "Quantum information and the brain"

February 26th: Michael Lynch, "Evolution is not simply natural selection"

Beyond Center workshops are designed to be informal and as a round-table, interdisciplinary atmosphere; with set-piece presentations discouraged. The goal is to concentrate on deep conceptual and foundational themes, and not merely review a field. The hope is to facilitate new collaborations and identify specific experimental and theoretical projects that significantly advance the understanding of the subject. 



ASU Polytechnic Photography Club
June 19, 2019 - 12:00am

The latest work of the ASU Polytechnic Photography Club is on exhibit in the ASU Polytechnic campus Library. The photography club is for all photography enthusiasts who are interested in socializing with others in the photography community, want to plan photography-related outings, and learn new techniques or styles from one another. The club welcomes all people with a curious mind towards photography, whether it is simply a hobby or a profession.  

Psyche Inspired at Fletcher Library
June 19, 2019 - 12:00am

View the artworks of Psyche Inspired, a program that brings undergraduate students from any discipline or major together to share the excitement, innovation, and scientific and engineering content of NASA’s Psyche mission with the public in new ways through artistic and creative works.

Paper Planes
June 19, 2019 - 12:00am

The Vault Gallery at the Downtown Phoenix campus Library is featuring “Paper Planes,” an exhibit of the work of Jeff Del Nero. His current paintings are of mixed media on various sized panels in the form of college-ruled binder paper.

Metzilocan Extension
June 19, 2019 - 8:30am

The School of Human Evolution and Social Change invites you to contemplate the "Monolith of Tlaloc" at its Innovation Gallery. The display is an extension of the new “Metzilocan” exhibit at the nearby ASU Art Museum, which chronicles artist Claudia Peña Salinas’ research on the Aztec deities of water, relating ancestral symbolism and knowledge to modernist and contemporary structures.

The gallery will also feaure items from the school's Latin American collection that were hand-selected by Salinas to accompany her artwork.

MFA Summer Juried Exhibition
June 19, 2019 - 9:00am

Each year, ASU Harry Wood Gallery hosts the annual MFA Juried Exhibition which showcases the best talent from our MFA students here at ASU. This year's juror is Tiffany Fairall, the head curator of Mesa Arts Center. Come check out the amazing selections of art from our inspired artists in the ASU Art Graduate Program.

Polytechnic Drop-In Career and Internship Advising
June 19, 2019 - 10:00am

You're busy ... we get it! Don't have time to schedule a career advising appointment? Not a problem! Drop in to our Polytechnic campus office to get answers to your career questions, get your resume reviewed, explore career paths that best fit your interests and more.

Downtown Drop-In Career Advising Hours
June 19, 2019 - 10:00am

Drop in to our career advising hours for a resume or cover letter review, help with searching for jobs and other career advice as needed.

Talking to Action: Art, Pedagogy, and Activism in the Americas
June 19, 2019 - 11:00am

“Talking to Action: Art, Pedagogy, and Activism in the Americas” investigates contemporary, community-based social art practices from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico and the U.S. Featuring drawings, archival documents, sculptures, installations, films and videos, the artists’ practices blur the lines between object-making, activism and community organizing to address critical social-political issues.

Metzilocan: Claudia Peña Salinas
June 19, 2019 - 11:00am

“Metzilocan” is an installation-based solo exhibition by artist Claudia Peña Salinas, who lives and works in New York City. The exhibition expands the artist's research on the Aztec deities of water, Tláloc and Chalchiuhtlicue, relating this ancestral symbolism and knowledge to modernist and contemporary structures. Through travel, documentation and collection, Salinas generates a poetic narrative that is both personal and political.

Change Agent: June Wayne and the Tamarind Workshop
June 19, 2019 - 11:00am

“Change Agent” highlights June Wayne’s legacy as an artist, printmaker, educator and activist. Wayne refused to follow a signature style, taking on a variety of themes such as personal history, modern science and social issues. In the Dorothy Series, she narrates the life of her mother, a Russian Jewish immigrant and traveling saleswoman for a garter company. In the Stellar Winds and Solar Flares Series, she mines natural phenomena as metaphors for the human condition.