Einstein (Relatively Speaking) Drops In On Hawaii!
April 4, 2002
The Gemini Observatory invites the public to an evening of fun and learning as Arden Bercovitz, Ph.D., CSP, portrays Albert Einstein, the genius among geniuses, who discovered, merely by thinking about it, that the Universe was not as it seemed!
Three free public performances in Hawaii will be offered at:
- Honolulu - UH Manoa Art Building Auditorium, April 12, 7:00 p.m.
- Hilo - UH Hilo Theatre, April 19, 7:00 p.m.
- Kona - King Kamehameha Hotel, April 21, 6:00 p.m.
is the second time that this program has been brought to Hawaii by the
Gemini Observatory and will include visits to many areas schools.
"Since we brought Dr. Bercovitz to Hawaii in 2000, we have had many
inquiries from teachers and the public wondering when we could bring
Einstein back again. I'm extremely pleased to announce that we can
repeat this exciting program for Hawaii," said the Gemini Public
Information and Outreach Manager, Peter Michaud. "I first met Arden as
Einstein over 10 years ago when he gave a keynote address to a group of
200 planetarium directors that left me spellbound. Amazingly, his
performances just keep getting better every time I see him!"
Bercovitz, Ph.D., is a scientist portraying a scientist, creativity
coach and keynote speaker recognized by the National Speakers
Association. Dr. Bercovitz has performed as Einstein for over 10 years
and his acclaimed characterization of the famous scientist has received
praise from students, the media and scientists alike.
asking questions was critical to Einstein's genius, the public is
encouraged to question Einstein. Bercovitz, as Einstein, answers in
character, weaving stories and answers from a wealth of Einstein quotes
and powerful anecdotes that show Albert Einstein as not just a
scientist, but also a visionary and humanist. Enlivened by
dramatizations based closely on Einstein's writings and recollection of
experiences, Bercovitz shares Albert's unique genius to help children
and adults expand their thinking skills and broaden their horizons.
programs are free but seating will be limited and provided on a
first-come-first-served basis. All programs are sponsored by the Gemini
Observatory with co-sponsorship in Honolulu by the UH Institute for
Astronomy and in Hilo by the Astronomy Department at the University of
Hawaii at Hilo and NOMISS (a NASA grant project). School programs in
Waimea are co-sponsored by the W.M. Keck Observatory and Hawaii
For more information and high-resolution images of Dr. Bercovitz as Einstein, visit http://www.einsteinalive.com/.
Gemini Observatory is an international collaboration that has built two
identical 8-meter telescopes. The telescopes are located at Mauna Kea,
Hawaii (Gemini North) and Cerro Pachón in central Chile (Gemini South),
and hence provide full coverage of both hemispheres of the sky. Both
telescopes incorporate new technologies that allow large, relatively
thin mirrors under active control to collect and focus both optical and
infrared radiation from space. Gemini North began science operations in
2000 and Gemini South began scientific operations in late 2001.
Gemini Observatory provides the astronomical communities in each
partner country with state-of-the-art astronomical facilities that
allocate observing time in proportion to each country's contribution.
In addition to financial support, each country also contributes
significant scientific and technical resources. The national research
agencies that form the Gemini partnership include: the US National
Science Foundation (NSF), the UK Particle Physics and Astronomy
Research Council (PPARC), the Canadian National Research Council (NRC),
the Chilean Comisión Nacional de Investigación Cientifica y Tecnológica
(CONICYT), the Australian Research Council (ARC), the Argentinean
Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET)
and the Brazilian Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e
Tecnológico (CNPq). The Observatory is managed by the Association of
Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc. (AURA) under a cooperative
agreement with the NSF. The NSF also serves as the executive agency for
the international partnership.
For more information on the Gemini Observatory see: www.gemini.edu.
Background on Dr. Arden Bercovitz:
researcher, educator, creativity coach, and keynote speaker, Arden
Bercovitz has brought his portrayal of Einstein to highly-respected,
leading-edge corporations and associations such as Motorola, AT&T,
Lucent, the American Gas Association, International Alliance for
Learning, Eastman Chemical, Searle Pharmaceuticals, International
Planetarium Society, the California Science Teachers Association, and
Hewlett Packard, to mention a few.
praise from professional organizations across the nation and has been
featured in Success Magazine, Los Angeles Times, San Diego Business
Journal, San Diego Union Tribune and numerous trade journals. He was
featured in the book "The Greatest Speakers I Have Ever Heard" by
Dottie Walters, founder of the International Group of Agents and
Bercovitz, a Ph.D. Reproductive
Endrocrinologist from San Diego, conducted original research at the
world-renowned San Diego Zoo's Center for Reproduction of Endangered
Species for over a decade. Bercovitz earned a B.S. degree from Cal
Poly, Pomona, a M.S. from Washington State University, Pullman, and a
Ph.D. from the University of Missouri, Columbia. He holds a lifetime
teaching credential from the state of California, and has taught
science at elementary and college levels. Bercovitz also served as Dean
of Learning Assessment at William Lyon University.
is a Certified Speaking Professional. Fewer than 300, world-wide, have
earned the CSP designation from the National Speakers Association.
Bercovitz is past President of the San Diego Chapter of the National