GLPA Banquet

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The GLPA Banquet, hosted by the GLPA president and highlighted by the Spitz Lecture, is a more formal part of the conference when we gather to reflect on our profession. The program also includes the presentation of awards.

The annual Spitz Lecture is named after planetarium pioneer Armand N. Spitz. Criteria for selecting the Spitz Lecturer include individuals who, in the words of Armand N. Spitz, "...have creative imaginations in this field and the courage to visualize the achievement of ideals in a practical way by the use of the planetarium instrument" and "...who are not afraid to acknowledge that they have a dream." Past lecturers include astronomers, educators, the widow of Armand N. Spitz, and many pillars of the planetarium community. This year, the Spitz Lecture will be presented by Dr. David Batch.

The Banquet is often attended by delegates' spouses and/or guests. There is no mandated dress code, although traditionally men wear a coat and tie and women wear dresses or suits.

Banquet food choices:

  • Flank Steak
    Flank steak, marinated in herbs, garlic, and olive oil, then grilled, thinly sliced, and topped with a shallot-mushroom demi-glace
  • Chicken Marsala
    Sautéed breast of chicken with wild mushrooms, braised leeks, and a Marsala wine sauce
  • Stuffed Acorn Squash (vegetarian, gluten free)
    One-half acorn squash, stuffed with shiitake mushroom and asparagus risotto and baked, then drizzled with a balsamic reduction and Parmesan cheese