Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson to speak on campus

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Photo of Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson.


KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist, best-selling author and host of the television series "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" and "StarTalk," is coming to Western Michigan University's Miller Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, 2016.

Tickets go on sale Friday, Nov. 6, at

Tyson will present an interactive, multimedia event that will transport audiences to the nucleus of an atom and the farthest reaches of the universe as he explores humanity’s quest for understanding. Tyson says, "Fans love the Q&A sessions that rival the event itself." He adds, "These are family-friendly events. I’ll frequently take questions from children since I’m fascinated with young ones who are interested in science."

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Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson

In addition to acting as host of the "StarTalk" radio and TV show along with "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, the New York City native is a New York Times bestselling author of 10 books and is also a frequent guest on The Daily Show. President Bush appointed Tyson in 2001 and 2004 to serve on commissions studying the future of the U.S. aerospace industry and the implementation of the U.S. space exploration policy, respectively. Tyson is also the recipient of 18 honorary doctorates and the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, the highest award given by NASA to non-government citizens.


Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson at Miller Auditorium is presented by Innovation Arts & Entertainment. Tickets will go on sale Friday, Nov. 6. They can be purchased online at, by calling (269) 387-2300 or (800) 387-2312, or in person at the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office.

A 15 percent discount is available to all WMU faculty and staff. Group discounts are available at (269) 387-2312.

WMU students receive a 50 percent discount on most show tickets thanks to a fund established by the Office of the President. WMU students are limited to one discounted ticket per event with a valid Bronco Card. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office or by telephone at (269) 387-2300. WMU students are required to show their Bronco Card when picking up tickets and upon entrance to the theatre.

For more information, contact Bethany Gauthier at or (269) 387-2245.

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