Founded 1871

Fall 2014 Lecture Series
Sponsored by The Policy Studies Organization
In Cooperation with the American Public University

Next lecture:  Friday, September 19 at 8:00 p.m.
Note new lecture time!

The Search for Life in the Solar System and Beyond:  Habitats and Exotic Possibilities

Dirk Schulze-Makuch

The lecture will survey the Solar System for other possible habitats for life. It will discuss how Life is intrinsically interwoven with its environment
Dirk Schulze-Makuch
organisms could have adapted to environmental niches on Mars, Venus, Titan, and the icy moons of the outer solar system. Some of the niche environments on these planetary bodies may serve as a possible habitat for life, but would require extreme adaptations and exotic life styles for organisms that live there.




The Lectures, which are the centerpiece of all Philosophical Society of Washington meetings, are selected to appeal to those with a general interest in science and do not require a specialized knowledge of the subject. They always contain information that is current, explanations that are understandable and a few controversial issues to be challenged by a critical listener. The series is designed as much as possible to include a wide range of disciplines.

The meetings are open to the public, free, and no reservations are required. Dress is informal. Meetings are followed by a social hour with beer, cider, snacks and conversation.

Meeting Time

All meetings start at 8:00 p.m. (Note new lecture time!)

Meeting Location

The John Wesley Powell Auditorium is adjacent to the Cosmos Club, 2170 Florida Avenue NW, Washington DC 20008. Entrance is through the club gate, the first right-hand entrance on Florida Avenue north of the intersection with Massachusetts Avenue NW. The auditorium entrance is to the left of the gate.

The Cosmos Club is within walking distance of the Dupont Circle Metro stop (Q Street exit), the Connecticut Avenue bus routes (L2, L4), and the Massachusetts Avenue bus routes (N2, N4).


Title Name
President Larry S. Millstein
Treasurer John Ingersoll
Program Chair Larry S. Millstein
Membership Chair Lloyd Mitchell
Corresponding Secretary Robin Taylor