In honor of award-winning writer and physicist Dr. Janna Levin’s visit to Ball State University for her talk in Sursa Hall on October 20 at 7:30 p.m., a team of faculty and staff invited Ball State students to submit original pieces of art, poetry, short writings, film and music that celebrates the Webb telescope and team, and the human propensity to ask deep, difficult questions while gazing at the stars. Pieces were chosen by a team of faculty and students to be performed at the Charles W. Brown Planetarium during this unique event on Oct. 19. The performance will be followed by a Q&A with Dr. Levin about her career and efforts to bridge the perceived gaps between art and science.


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Program Information

  • Opening reception and lobby performances begin at 6 p.m. Planetarium doors open at 6:45 p.m for planetarium performances which start at 7:00 p.m., followed by a Q&A with Dr. Levin.
  • The Dome Party! is on October 19 at 6 p.m. in the Brown Planetarium and precedes the main talk by Dr. Levin on October 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Sursa Hall. Both events are free and open to the public. 
  • Dr. Janna Levin is supported by the Virginia B. Ball Center for Creative Inquiry, The Bruce F. and Ildiko B. Meyer Honors Memorial Lecture Series, the Ball State Honors College, the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, The David Letterman Distinguished Professional Lecture and Workshop Series, the College of Communication, Information and Media, the Creative Writing Program in the Department of English, and the Charles W. Brown Planetarium.

Planetarium Information


  • Due to construction being done on the Cooper Science Complex, select parking and pathway access to the planetarium is blocked off. Plan to arrive early to safely navigate the area and arrive on time for the program. Visit our location and transportation webpage for up-to-date information.
  • No reservations are required, but planetarium lobby space & dome seating is limited.
  • This event is free of charge.
  • Food, drinks, gum or candy are not allowed in the planetarium.
  • Cellphones and any electronics that emit light must be silenced or turned off at the start of all dome programs.
  • Children 17 years and under should be accompanied by an adult.
  • The planetarium is located on the west end of the Cooper Science Complex, at 2111 W. Riverside Ave., Muncie.