Contact: Ellen Sterner
SMU News & Media Relations
(214) 768-7650

Sept. 3, 2002


DALLAS (SMU) -- James Randi, a tireless investigator and demystifier of paranormal and pseudoscientific claims, will give a free public lecture at Southern Methodist University on Sunday, Sept. 29, from 7:30 - 9 p.m. in the Bob Hope Theatre, Owen Arts Center.

The title of Randi's lecture is "The Search for the Chimera." It will provide an entertaining overview demonstrating how science has pursued magic and miracles in the 20th century and into the 21st century. Randi's topics will range from UFOs and the Bermuda Triangle to the notion of a lost continent named Atlantis.

Randi is the founder of the James Randi Educational Foundation (, an educational resource on the paranormal, pseudoscientific and the supernatural. He is the author of the 1995 book, An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural. Randi received the American Physical Society's Forum Award in 1989 for his significant contributions to public understanding of important issues where science and society interact.

Randi's talk is the first program in this year's "Collegium da Vinci" series sponsored by SMU's Dedman College. The public lecture is being underwritten by the Pierce and Allie Beth Allman and Otto and Jane Allman Wetzel families.

Future programs in this year's Collegium da Vinci series include talks by Dr. Joseph McCormick, the researcher who isolated the oldest HIV strain; noted Gulf War Syndrome researcher Dr. Robert Haley; Dr. Fred Grinnell, director of the Program in Ethics in Science at UT Southwestern Medical Center; as well as several SMU professors. For more information on Collegium da Vinci, call 214-768-1177 or visit