If you're still in wonder (for whatever reason) over presidential loser and Oscar winner Al Gore getting that Nobel Peace Prize for his work with a warm ball or something, here's a chance to "get your Nobel on" in the Hudson Valley.
* Nobel Prize-winning physicist John C. Mather of NASA, whose work helped popularize the Big Bang theory (remember it's "just a theory," like gravity), comes to Vassar College in Poughkeepsie Oct. 29 at 5 p.m.
The lecture is free (he shared the $1 million for the 2006 physics award, anyway, so don't feel bad about not paying). He'll be talking about the Big Bang and microwave radiation (contain your excitement, please).
* Turkish author Orhan Pamuk, the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2006, is the visiting writer in residence and Bard. He'll give a lecture "In Kars and Frankfurt" on Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. in Olin Hall at the Annandale-on-Hudson campus. And at 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 20, he'll teach an open class (meaning you can go) in Room 115 of the Olin Language Center. Both events are free (I wouldn't pay anyway, he's rich).
It must be great to be a Nobel laureate. After all, who wouldn't want to have his or her name associated with the INVENTOR OF DYNAMITE?
One can only dream.