Special Lectures

The University of Michigan Physics department hosts several special lectures throughout the year. Explore our special lectures in the column on the right to learn more.

The Helmut W. Baer Lecture
A memorial fund in memory of the late Helmut Baer will support future special colloquia on the University of Michigan campus. Members of the international physics community will have an opportunity to discuss current issues in science.

Ford Motor Company Distinguished Lecture in Physics
Ford Motor Company sponsors the Ford Lectureship through a generous gift to the University of Michigan. The lecture is a permanent tribute to the long-standing relationship between Ford Motor Company and the University of Michigan Physics Department.

Ta-You Wu Lecture
Each fall, the University of Michigan Physics Department hosts the Ta-You Wu Lecture, one of the most prestigious lecture events in the Department. It is named in honor of Michigan Physics alumnus and honorary Doctor of Science, Ta-You Wu.

William L. Williams Lecture
The Department last hosted the William L. Williams Lecture in April, 2001. Endowed by his family, friends, and colleagues, this lecture honors the memory of Williams L. Williams who was on the University of Michigan physics faculty for 21 of the 49 years of his life. Renowned as an atomic physicist, he served the University as professor, associate chair of physics, and as associate dean of the College of Literature, Science and the Arts. Our 2006 William L. Williams lecturer was J. Thomas Dickinson, Regents Professor at Washington State University. Dickinson lectured on The One-Two Punch: Consequences of Combining Stimuli Materials.

  • Our 2001 William L. Williams lecturer was Vernon W. Hughes, Professor of Physics at Yale University. Hughes lectured on The Muon g-2 Experiment at Brookhaven.
  • Our 2013 William L. Williams lecturer is Michael S. Lubell, Professor of Physics at CUNY and Director of Public Affairs of the American Physical Society. Dr. Lubell will lecture on Science: The Public, Congress and You.