**Thursday, Sept 4: Carlos Lousto, University of Utah**

Understanding initial data for black hole collisions.

**Monday, Sept 8: Hans-Peter Nollert, Universitat Tuebingen**

How arbitrary are excitations of quasinormal modes?

**Thursday, Sept 11: Chris Beetle, Penn State**

Midi-superspace quantization of gravity with toroidal isometry.

**Monday, Sept 15: Jorge Pullin, Penn State**

The constraint algebra in spin network quantum gravity.

**Thursday, Sept 18: Bruce Allen, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee**

The 40-meter prototype and the GRASP data-analysis package.

**Monday, Sept 22: Shyamoli Chaudhuri, PSU**

An introduction to D-branes and string duality

**Thursday, Sept 25: Ted Jacobson, University of Maryland**

Semiclassical decay of near-extremal black holes

**Monday, Sept 29: Kirill Krasnov, Penn State**

Quantum Geometry and Black Holes

**Thursday, October 2: Johannes Ruoff, Universitat Tuebingen & PSU Astro
**

Oscillations of neutron stars (POSTPONED

**Monday, October 6:**

**Thursday, October 9: Johannes Ruoff, Universitat Tuebingen & PSU Astro
**

Oscillations of neutron stars

**Monday, October 13:Anthony Rizzi, Princeton University**

The first satisfactory definition of angular momentum in general relativity

**Thursday, October 16:**

**Monday, October 20: Neil Cornish, Cambridge**

Chaos in general relativity

**Tuesday, October 21: Amihay Hanany, IAS Princeton, Joint EPF/CGPG talk
**

Supersymmetric brane dynamics

**Thursday, October 23: Karen Camarda, PSU, **

Three dimensional
numerical simulations of distorted black holes

**Monday, October 27: Special Departamental Colloquium: Sam Finn,
Northwestern**

Cosmology by the Numbers

**Thursday, October 30: Othmar Brodbeck, Zurich and PSU,
**

Rotating solitons and
non-rotating non-static black holes

**Monday, November 3: David Adams, School of Math, Trinity College,
Dublin, Ireland**

Discretisation Techniques for Antisymmetric Tensor Field Theories

**Thursday, November 6: Lee Smolin,**

Membranes and String Theory

**Monday, November 10: Octavio Obregon, University of Guanajuato, Mexico
**

**Thursday, November 13: Saurya Das, Institute of Mathematical
Sciences, Chennai, India**

The Effective String Description of Hawking Radiation

**Monday, November 17: Rodolfo Gambini, Universidad de la Republica,
Uruguay **

**Thursday, November 20: John Whelan, University of Utah**

Skeletonizations of phase-space paths

**Monday, November 24: Lionel Mason, University of Oxford**

On The Rarita-Schwinger and the Einstein Equations

**Thursday, November 27: HOLIDAY**

**Monday, December 1: Finn Larsen, U Penn **

Black hole horizons and the thermodynamics of strings

**Thursday, December 4: Marco Zagermann, PSU**

Metric versus Ashtekar variables in the two Killing vector reduction

**Monday, December 8: **

TBA

**Thursday, December 10: Laurent Freidel, PSU & Lyon**

TBA